It has passed without a public option. I am afraid that this is going to be a band-aid to placate the masses. We still have four years for insurance rates to continue their rocket-like trend upwards. We are going to be forced to buy health insurance that we still wont be able to afford. That is as the bill is written now.
I am going to wait to pass final judgment to see what additions get passed to supplement this bill later on. The Democrats could still grow a set of balls and pass a public option. We shall see.