As soon as something passes, the narrative will switch to how amazing it was that Obama actually pulled off healthcare reform, something that has bedeviled politicians for ages and even stymied the Clinton administration. At that point, the fact that there was opposition on the left and the right will make the success seem that much more impressive, as will the fact that administration has been active on so many fronts at once. No bill, though, and it looks like a failure. So I think that’s why you will probably see increasing flexibility on the part of the administration to make sure they pass something.
I also tend to think that almost any bill will be better than what we have now. I’m for a public option — actually, I’m for single payer — but just about any bill, within reason, will be a tremendous political accomplishment. To be perfectly honest, I’m surprised things gotten as far as they have.