".....Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), one of six senators involved in bipartisan Finance Committee negotiations, all but declared the public option dead in the Senate.If the "consumer cooperatives" are run by a national board appointed by Obama, there's still no deal. The same applies if the other most obnoxious provisions and/or bad ideas of the proposed "reform" are not dumped, either.
'Look, the fact of the matter is there are not the votes in the United States Senate for the public option,' said Conrad, who has pushed an alternative proposal to create a network of consumer cooperatives, on Fox News Sunday. 'There never have been. So to continue to chase that rabbit, I think, is just a wasted effort.' "