"It's really not an ideological question; it's a question of how you pass a bill," he explained. "We don't have 60 Democratic votes in the Senate."
This seems like a simple statement of fact to Pith, but they don't see it that way at Daily Kos: "The fundamental dishonesty of Cooper is even worse because he is focusing on the Senate. He doesn't want to take responsibility for killing it in the House, perhaps out of fear of liberal backlash ..."
Cooper is backing nonprofit co-ops as an alternative to the public option among insurance choices. As this article explains, there's a lot not to like about co-ops. It depends on how they're set up. But even the White House is talking up co-ops as a possible way forward. Cooper is one of the few in Congress who's trying to help the president strike a deal that's palatable to all sides.