For all of the talk about the various health reform bills, the fact of the matter is that each chamber of Congress will debate and vote on a single bill on the floor. Because I’m incredibly busy lately, and don’t get paid to blog, I refer you to Ezra Klein for the details on how this works.
I’d also like to point out that the new thinking with the state-optional public option is going the way of organ donation. That is, make participation the default, so that states have to actively opt-out of the public option. The thinking is that states are lazy and will be more likely to participate if things are structured this way. Whereas, if effort were required to opt-in, they’d be less likely to do so. Makes sense, and has certainly been demonstrated to work in states whose DMVs have gone this route on organ donation.