First of all, lobbyists are all over Capitol Hill and there's inthnog you can do about (it's a constitutionally protected activity). And you can't say that lobbyists wrote the bill, and that Bob Dole (or Mitt Romney) wrote the bill.Yes, it's very similar to the Republican alternative in 93, that Dems wouldn't compromise to. It's considerably to the right of the bill that Nixon would have signed, except that the Dems thought that wasn't good enough.If it's better than the status quo, it's progress. And progressives are supposed to be in favor of progress. Except they often aren't. .Up to the very, very end, insurers were funneling 10s of millions per day to the US Chamber of Commerce to run their non-stop kill HCR ads. The insurers tried to play both sides, and it didn't work. Stories that the insurers stocks are soaring? Well, it's true they're up. But the Dow is up a full 8% more than the HC index (which contains more than just insurers).There are 3 enemies: the insurers, big pharma, and the actual providers. You don't start a war on 3 fronts. So they made deals with the other 2 and fought with insurers. The bill does a pretty good job of regulating insurers.Of the 22 million left uninsured? 15 million are undocumented immigrants (who should have insurance, too, but that ain't gonna happen for a long, long time), and the others are mostly invincibles. If you're poor and you want insurance, you get it. And you actually get quite good insurance (people at the bottom get insurance with an actuarial value of 94% meaning $100 worth of care won't cost them more than $6 in co-pays and deductibles).Could it have been better? Of course! But you can't get anything through the Senate without getting most of the Senators like Ben Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Evan Byah etc. to sign on. The story that this could have all been done through reconciliation is total BS that's why the subsidies didn't improve from the Senate version back to the House version. Didn't pass the Byrd rule.You take what you can get, then you try for more. It's the experience of turning down Nixon's HCR proposal that taught Ted Kennedy that lesson.