Health care reform that doesn't stop the abuses of the present system is not reform at all.
The unconscionable cost increases we are seeing can only be stopped by providing real competition to the insurers with a public option.
We are already taxed more than enough to pay these costs; it is just a matter of adjusting priorities so the citizens of the country get the benefits of those tax dollars. Doing this may involve squandering less money on foreign adventures, but that would help us all, too.
This is not a partisan issue. All Americans would benefit. The large majority want a public option, as shown in the polls. Voters also showed it when they elected candidates who promised they could deliver much-needed reform.