"What is needed is a good public option to provide some competition for the insurance companies"
Could anyone please explain how the "public option" will compete in a way that lowers premiums? The Dems have repeatedly promised that the public option will use NO government money, and will operate solely on its collected premiums. If that is the case, it will be exposed to the same health care costs as the private insurance companies. It will save by not needing any "profit", however, like all government agencies it will be inefficient. It will probably be pressure by Congress to be unionized, so I doubt its premiums (if truly unsubsidized) will be lower.
Of course, we know the real goal of the Left with the public option is to establish the path to a single payer, tax supported system