Kent Conrad was on NPR this morning and stated the above in reference to the public option.
When asked why not fight harder for the public option, he simply stated, "the votes aren't there." He might as well have said: "I am now part of the opposition.
He went on to pimp the Co-op idea as the alternative. He denied that Insurance companies would freely raise rates, saying that "leading actuaries" had reviewed the situation, and said that "8%" reduction in rates would result.
I think those "leading actuaries" are holed up with whoever "some" are--as in "Some say that the health care reform act is going to lead to euthanasia of seniors."