Argument: Public option is next best option to single-payer health care
Paul Waldman. "The Public Option and the Hope of Health Care Reform". American Prospect. December 23, 2008: "Although the public option wasn't the topic of a great deal of discussion during the campaign, for many progressives it amounts to a beautiful jewel hidden amidst a pile of compromise and disappointment. Ask average progressives what they think ought to be done about health care, and many will reply, 'Well, a single-payer system would obviously be the best thing. But since that's politically impossible…'."