Reports of the public option’s demise look to have been exaggerated. Nate Silver breaks down what revived it at FiveThirtyEight.com:
- “The tireless, and occasionally tiresome,” advocacy from liberal bloggers and interest groups.
- The CBO thinks it will save money.
- The shift of focus from the Gang of Six (Bingaman, Conrad, Baucus, Snowe, Grassley, and Enzi) to the Group of Six (Pelosi, Dodd, Obama, Reid, Baucus, and Snowe).
- The opt-in/opt-out compromises, which liberals prefer to triggers or co-ops.
- The fading memory of the tea partiers.
- Various polls showing its popularity, particularly in swing states and districts.
- The insurance industry’s misleading study—did they think it was still 1993?
- The Washington Post’s “somewhat bizarre decision” to run its poll showing support for the public option on its front page, even though support’s been steady for months.