Why do we even need to have a federal public option? Why don't the states that support a public option simply join together and make a big non-profit public insurance plan open to their own citizens? Hell, it would probably attract all kinds of new business, as businesses move into states that they don't need to provide insurance for employees in. And as for the citizens of the other states, well, screw them. They didn't want it, so they can deal with the sky-high rates that will be the result of no public option.