Any semblance of a public health insurance program appears to have been dropped from the Senate version of the health care reform bill. I am not confident that it will stay dropped, since if a bill does get passed in the Senate, it will have to be reconciled with the passed House version, but it seems clear that the Senate Democratic leadership–along with the Obama Administration, of course, is willing to throw the Democratic grassroots under the bus, and that the Democratic grassroots is not happy about matters. I am sure that the grassroots will be called on nonetheless to contribute money, and will reply willingly to the call . . . only to get betrayed later on, and over, and over, and over again. The Obama Administration and the Democratic party know how to play these folks; indeed, playing them is no challenge at all.