It's official- Harry Reid has announced that the Senate health care reform bill will contain a public option, with an opt-out provision.
As usual, God is in the details, but given what we've seen the last few months, this is far- very far- from the bad news that many of us have feared. They still have the ability to write a bill with a meaningless "public option," but we have succeeded in forcing them not to totally sell out the American people to the insurance companies, and we can succeed in seeing to it that they pass a bill that we can be satisfied with.
It is indeed a different era that we are living in, than existed a year ago; and a much better era.
Now, if they can get something like this through, we are in for a great entertainment as we see just which of the belligerent, brainless Republicans will actually deny medical care to the residents of their states. That should be fun.