Keep in mind there would be no trouble passing a public option if it were not for a thing called the filibuster. They need 60 votes to prevent a filibuster and that 60th vote would belong to Joe Lieberman. On the other hand, if a bill resembling the compromise gets passed and the rethugs take over congress in the future, the democrats can filibuster any attempts to eliminate the (currently proposed) medicare/medicaid expansion. Yes, it stinks that young people cant get insurance. At least when youre young you are most likely in good health. Im less than a decade away from social security/medicare age and havent had decent health insurance since my former career came to an end(thanks to a corporate sponsored bill the feds passed..thats another story). We dont live in a democracy, we live in a plutocracy. Freedom? Of speech, perhaps. Economic freedom? Are you kidding? Were all free range slaves.