Argument: Public insurance is an essential and nonnegotiable part of reform
Howard Dean told the Washington Post: "The worst thing that could happen is to pass a bill without a public option. We all voted for change we can believe in. If we don’t get it, we’ll get some more change in 2010. We’ve got to get it done. This is the time."
Sen. Russell Feingold (Wis.) said that "without a public option, I don't see how we will bring real change to a system that has made good health care a privilege for those who can afford it."