Medicare Part E
So if calling the public option “Medicare Part E” actually catches on and gets the bill through Congress it will add a whole new wrinkle of irrationality to the political process.
Since when did you need re-brand an already popular program? On top of that if retirees really are worried that Health Care Reform will undercut their benefits then this frame would presumably worsen that concern.
But you can’t argue with the polling numbers for “a program like medicare” nor can you argue with it if it gives Conservative Democrats a frame that gets them on board.