Keith Olbermann said it best: "There's a difference between compromise and being compromised."
While there are many egregious issues with the bill the House is voting on Sunday, and it represents mostly a giveaway for the insurance companies, the "public option" was itself so amorphous, and nuanced as to be essentially meaningless.
The measure will pass, and those who consider themselves progressive must keep up the fight to ensure that EVERYONE has access to equal medical care under the law, and that the only mandate is to provide that service. This will only happen with single payer, and that is the road Sen. Reid, and Congress, must lay the groundwork for. Insurance companies will never compete, but instead line their already bulging pockets---public option or not