October 11 will be an historic day -- the day that divides the past from the future. Going forward there will be, "Before the March" and "After the March."
Without the public option, the truth is that we have a bill that might cost the government less, but costs consumers more. The public option will create the competition needed to drive down prices of private insurance.
The Finance Committee has opted to save money by leaving 25 million Americans out of health care. Without a public option, nothing will stop premiums from rising, requiring taxpayers to foot the bill.