For some, the system works best when elites make the most fundamental decisions for our society, unencumbered by the trappings of "democracy", and when the population is depoliticized, misinformed, or both.
Senator Bill Nelson's (D-FL) staff surprised the delegates by stating that the Senator likes the public option -- however, they were wondering if they were being told what he thought they wanted to hear.
The public option folks assume the single payer folks just want to be pure rather than save lives; the single payer folks assume that the public option folks are just sell-outs shilling for a bad bill.
A recent health care reform debate with a friend got so heated I was nearly arrested for disorderly conduct in my own home! How can you protect yourself from becoming part of an ugly, national incident?