It sounds like they are dropping the age limit to 55 for medicare and still cutting medicare by 500 billion a year. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Let me think about this for a minute. You dramatically increase the number of people on medicare but you cut the medicare program by about 500 billion. Sounds to me like they are attempting to kill off the baby boomers. The death of the public option - THE WEEK U.S. News & Opinion•Wednesday, December 9, 2009Comment Print Email Harry Reid is denying that the public option is dead. (EPA/Corbis/Matthew Cavanaugh) Best opinion: Wash. Post, Power Line, Open Left For months, the "public option"—a plan for a government-run health insurance program that would compete with private coverage—has been the most contentious point in the health care debate. Many observers have speculated it could sink health care reform altogether. But in a surprise turn yesterday, Senate majority leader Harry Reid announced a compromise plan put together by 10 Democrats — five liberal and five centrist — that reportedly swaps the out the full-blown public option in the health care bill for a basket of smaller changes, such as creating privately-run nonprofit insurance providers and lowering the age of the Medicare eligibility from 65 to 55. Have conservatives just won a big battle against Obamacare--or does the new plan make Democrats more likely to accomplish their healthcare goals?