For liberals, labor unions and others pushing to make health care available to all Americans, however, the fixation on a public plan is bizarre and counterproductive. Their position elevates the public plan way out of proportion to its importance in fixing health care. It is entirely possible to imagine effective health-care reform -- changes that would expand coverage and help control costs -- without a public option.
The Washington Post has rarely met a big government option it has not embraced. Yet even the Washington Post is questioning the wisdom of government run health care. You can read more of my thought on health care by following the health care link on the side bar under serial posts. I do see a role for government, but it is as a safety net, not as a primary provider. You can read about that here and here.