It should be pointed out that the "monument" that is being built on the Washington Mall to the uninsured dead (photo right, and previous post) was not built by advocates of some "public option." The group that built this extraordinary exhibit favor a single-payer system. As I reported here, support for so-called Obamacare has been lackluster.
If no monuments are being built by supporters of any current White House plan, perhaps that's because President Obama has not been fighting for monumental change.
It's sad to think that Obama could suffer a major political loss over health care without having fought for a clear moral value (universal health care).
Those who build monuments aspire to realize high ideals, not compromise proposals.