As a result of the power of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, this amendment will not pass or even get very many votes. Nonetheless, given the view of millions of us that a single-payer approach is the ONLY WAY this country will ever provide comprehensive, cost-effective health care to all its citizens, this is an important step forward.I don't know whether an amendment with no votes is an important step forward or not. An important step forward would be realizing that the Dems ARE the problem. Muddled middling liberals are the ones who killed the health care reform that would work- a single payer system where we ALL use the same system and therefore costs are kept down and medicine is not for profit- and then transformed it into something so complex, so confusing that most of us tuned the debate out or forgot what "public option" was and how it differed from"single payer." But there's a huge difference. A public option was never going to be outside of the "for profit" insurance industry that pays its CEOs like Wall Street fat cats and makes decisions on what medical procedures are necessary (rather than our doctors making those decisions). A public option was not gong to actually reduce the costs of for profit insurance or for profit medicine. And so we tuned out, let the complexities of the whole debate get away from us, and now will be told that whatever passes, even though it is pretty likely to be a train wreck as a piece of legislation, we should rejoice at the brilliance that is the Liberal Democratic Obama movement in this country. Americans beware. There was NEVER a progressive debate about health care reform. Yet mark my words, single payer health care will get singled out as a socialist plot that brought us the mess that will still be health care in ten years. If we learn anything from the health care debacle, it's that middle of the road Dems, with their endless need to compromise real change, are not going to do anything but represent the interests of big business and big military just like their supposed "enemies," the GOP. This is some sick health care legislation and an even sicker political system.