Nelson's problem, he told CQ, is that the public plan would be too attractive and would hurt the private insurance plans. "At the end of the day, the public plan wins the game," Nelson said. Including a public option in a health plan, he said, was a "deal breaker."Nice of him to decide that protecting insurance companies is preferable to making health care cheaper and more widely available. We can't have it because it would work too well and cover too many. It's nice to know that he at least admits that any public plan will be massively superior to anything the private sector deigns to put together. Negating your own position and openly stating you're in it for the money, that's Debating 101, tight? Nice that he can also scrounge up a few attention seeking "centrists" (Evan Bayh and Olympia Snowe probably hav eincoherent speeches already written up) to grub for insurance money.
As he so often does, Nelson said, according to CQ, that he planned to form a "coalition of like-minded centrists opposed to the creation of a public plan, as a counterweight to Democrats pushing for it."
Just wanted to help you identify one of the two brilliant arguments that will undoubtedly kill health care. "But what about those poor private insurers" and "Waaaaaah socialism", possibly with a "This is what those dirty Frenchies do" thrown in for good measure. We are ruled by adults, that is why you can't have decent health care.