So easy even an astroturfer could understand it.
UPDATE: Robert Reich explains that the public option is the key element that would control costs and make reform work for the average American:
Without a public, Medicare-like option, health care reform is a bandaid for a system in critical condition. There’s no way to push private insurers to become more efficient and provide better value to Americans without being forced to compete with a public option. And there’s no way to get overall health-care costs down without a public option that has the authority and scale to negotiate lower costs with pharmaceutical companies, doctors, hospitals, and other providers — thereby opening the way for private insurers to do the same.
UPDATE: The push for a health care public option “is just a wasted effort,” according to Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). Conrad has taken more more from lobbyists than all but three other senators, including almost a million bucks from the health care sector.