- Actually don't believe in a public option, let alone real universal health care a la single payor; or,
- Are being paid enough by insurers and other folks who want the current health care gravy train to continue that they are willing to vote against what the majority of their constituents want.
They don't believe they won't be reelected if they vote against a public option. And given re-election rates of Senators, who are the people causing the most problem, they're probably right, aren't they? Their calculation is that voters are sheep and won't make them pay any real price for killing a good health care plan.
I'd say they're right. So given that they probably don't believe in universal health care, that they don't personally need it since they have good health care, that they get paid to vote against it and that they'll pay no price for voting against it, why shouldn't they kill it?
Seems like a brain dead calculation to me. I'm sure it does to Diane Feinstein too. As another entitled aristocrat once said "let them eat cake."