Harry "the war is lost" Reid announced today that he will be submitting a plan to the CBO for rating. In that plan they will INCLUDE the public option. However, he said states will have the right to "opt out" of the public option. Does anyone know what the difference between "opt out" and "opt in" is? When you "opt in" you pay for it. When you "opt out" you dont get it, but you pay for it anyway. So I am curious...with this "opt out" scenario.....exactly what states will opt out if their residents will need to pay "their share" of the tax anyway? And exactly what future will a politician in that state have if he/she votes to "opt out" yet the residents will NOT see a positive change in their tax liability compared to a resident of a state that does NOT opt out? Smoke and mirrors.