by Jim Nintzel
Political analyst Nate Silvers says Democrats like Congressman Raul Grijalva shouldn't get too worked up about the Senate health-care package. Among his reasons:
1) The energy by progressive activists on behalf of the public option has done more good than harm, and by a wide margin.
2a) Nevertheless, the public option is/was a relatively minor part of the health care bill, at least once it became clear that it (i) wouldn't be pegged to Medicare rates, and (ii) would only be available to a small fraction of the population.
2b) To claim that a health care bill without a public option is anything other than a huge achievement for progressives is, frankly, bullshit.