Here is Rachel Maddow's excellent take on yesterday's announcement that the Senate health care bill will include a public option, with an opt-out clause for states that choose not to participate in the program.
I understand fully that this isn't the most ideal bill. In a perfect world we would get a single-payer system. But in the current political climate, that's not going to happen. This is a step in the right direction. To be sure, it's a small step. But after decades of going in the wrong direction, or simply standing around doing nothing, this small step is actually a big step.
Now, let's get this sucker passed.