So now that the public option's taken a bigger beating than Michael Jackson's doctor, we're already moving on to co-ops. Because, you know, health care's a lot like an urban garden.

(And by the way, does anyone have a clue what's going on in that Senate Finance Committee? I've seen looser lips on a J.J. Abrams set.)

At any rate, it's pretty clear the Senate saw these co-ops as Plan B all along. Howard Dean's impassioned morning show plea aside (what's his title these days, anyway?), senators have had enough. The pushback was more than they expected and now they're ready to cave and say, "Look, how 'bout we do this, instead?"

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