Thanks to the House Progressives, and to an organized and loud external progressive community, the message has finally seemingly gotten through: the bill has to have a public option. Witness today's statement from Harry Reid, that there will be a public option in the bill that goes to the Senate floor. The devil is always in the details when they start talking about the definition of a public option being "relative," but at least we've gotten to the point where they recognize it has to be there. Progress.
A lot has happened in the Senate Finance Committee with health care reform. This is a pretty good summary at Daily Kos.