I say this statement in a news article... "To reach agreement, Waxman earlier this week had accepted conservative lawmakers' demands to limit the bill's price tag to $1 trillion over 10 years, exempt more small businesses from the employer-provided insurance mandate, and reduce the number of low-income people who would qualify for subsidized coverage." http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-healthcare-house1-2009aug01,0,7261961.story Now this says to me that the "public option" will not be free health care to those without medical insurance. So what will the cost be to someone signing up for the plan? I see a lot of support here for the "public option" by a few board members and I assume that means that they would want to sign up for the program. If you support the public option - what do you believe that the cost to you will be for the coverage? How does that compare to your current situation? If you are willing to pay to participate in the "public option" why are you not willing to pay for insurance now if you don't currently have coverage?