While I agree that the Democrats are really only pursuing the demolition of our existing system, to pave the way for Single Prayer, the Dems may not want to look too incompetent while blowing up what used to be a world-class system.
To keep the mask in place a little longer, the Dems may want to bump a year to the right, or risk too great an economic blowback. The Dems need to hurt the electorate, but can't afford to enrage voters.
Thus we get all of this dishonest theater, but with a reasonable end: the voters get to figure out for 2014 if they are dumb enough to trust and empower the GOP to stake that vampire in the heart.
And here is a link to the competing GOP proposal, which, per the Holy Narrative, does not exist. If you're one of those who needs to maintain the fiction that there are no other ideas besides ObamaCare afoot, do not click that link. I do not want to be responsible for any injuries incurred while encountering truth.