"A man should mend old shoes if he can do no better to aid the republic." Jonathan Swift
Just let the pressure for the public option build up, Mr. President. Don't let them bamboozle you - you're doing not bad on this one.
For another sweeping reform that is also a massive benefit to the economy, issue free copies of "Unquenchable" to all White House staff, to let them get their heads around another developing crisis on the horizon that can be headed off. It'll make you look a real statesman, as well as a genuine benefactor of humanity and a model for other states.