The bit about not bothering to ask the Congressional Budget Office to waste time doing the math on Her Royal Excellency Olympia Snowe's "trigger" plan is a particularly nice touch.
If the bill becomes law it will mark much-needed, long-overdue and meaningful reform of the nation's failed health care system (an important step on America's inevitable march to Medicare for All). Less importantly but of local interest, it will figure as the most substantial achievement of Reid's career.
And as an entertainingly speculative aside, the compromise provision allowing states to opt-out of the public option will give Jim Gibbons, Brian Sandoval and every other Republican running for state-level offices one more constructive policy that they can be against in 2010. The majority of Nevada voters -- including the much-cherished all-important independents -- want a public option. Can't wait to hear Sandoval & Co. argue that Nevada should opt out.