16% of a 40 trillion dollar economy is a bit more than car fare. It is not surprising that the insurance companies would support reform ONLY as long as it did not include a public option which would be more efficient, less expensive and less corrupt.
I am sure there will be a healthcare reform bill, I do NOT however think that the public option will surivive and that is a profound defeat for the American People. It iwll be a huge payoff for the insureres. Extra funding and mandatory insurance for healthy youg people so that corporations will become richer.