LIEBERMAN: A public option plan is unnecessary. It has been put forward, I’m convinced, by people who really want the government to take over all of health insurance. They’ve got a right to do that; I think that would be wrong.
But worse than that, we have a problem even greater than the health insurance problems, and that is a debt — $12 trillion today, projected to be $21 trillion in 10 years.
WALLACE: So at this point, I take it, you’re a “no” vote in the Senate?
LIEBERMAN: If the public option plan is in there, as a matter of conscience, I will not allow this bill to come to a final vote because I believe debt can break America and send us into a recession that’s worse than the one we’re fighting our way out of today. I don’t want to do that to our children and grandchildren.
There was absolutely zero chance of public option or single payer.
Engaging in what ifs isn't very productive. There are lots of things I wish the Dems and the Country would do but as a veteran of the Gene McCarthy and George McGovern campaigns I learned a long time not to hold my breath waiting and not to dwell in remorse or wishful thinking.