But that's SOCIALISM!!!!11!bang!!
I was all for single-payer. So were most Democrats, but the theory was that single-payer wouldn't fly with the Republicans, so we got Romney-care relabelled as Obama-care to get it to pass. In hindsight, as I recall, they couldn't get any Republicans to vote for it anyway, so the pandering to delicate Republican sensibilities (probably also pandering to DINOs) was useless. Should have had the single-payer, government option in there as well.