I've been sort of quiet on the healthcare front lately. This is because the news for the past few months has been mainly about committee wrangling, and that's so technical and inside-baseball-ish that even I have a hard time staying interested in it.
But things are starting to heat back up, and one of the key issues that's surfaced has been whether the final bill will include a "public option" of some kind. I'll have more to say about that in the future, but for now you might want to check out Ezra Klein's quickie primer on the various flavors of public option currently on offer. It's a good way of getting up to speed on this.