Obama made a deal last year to kill the public option. So when he was telling the american people that he supported one he was lying: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/miles-mogulescu/ny-times-reporter-confirm_b_500999.html The republicans can be blamed for a lot of things. But not for this, anyone that blames them for this is using them as a crutch. They only needed 50 votes to get a public option in there, votes that they could have gotten. 45 senators signed a letter of support of the public option in reconciliation. Out of a pool of 59 democrats they could have whipped up 5 more votes if they truly believed in it, problem was they didn't even if they were saying otherwise in public.