So the Senate Finance Committee isn't coming out with a public option, which is what 70%+ of the public wants? I guess it's good they're at least trying to come out with something before the recess. Bipartisanship is great, but the public isn't exactly "bipartisan" these days, judging by a whopping majority of Democrats in the House (I don't know the exact percentage) and a 60% majority in the Senate.
In other words, there's no reason why the legislation that people are demanding can't be passed. Contact your elected representatives and tell them what you expect of them.
There seems to be a huge disconnect in Washington between what the public expects and lobbyist-based policy as usual.
More later. (See Hendrik Hertzberg here.)