The corporatist leeches would have gotten somebody else to do their dirty work for them.
For one example, AHIP could have used Tom Dashle and did try to get that set up. Remember, good ole Tommy was against the Public Option too!
In spite of all the Dem? campaign promises, Obama colluded with AHIP and the hospitals to make sure there was no Public Option.
Instead of what we were promised, and worked so damn hard to get, what we got was the arrests of pro-single payer activists, no public option, and another government subsidy of corporations with little in the way of cost controls.
Now the budget peacocks will ensure that what little the AHIP subsidy plan does do for average Americans will be underfunded.
So far the corporations still own Washington, DC and... our 'public servants'.