Sherrod Brown is on Countdown right now talking about the public option and Medicare buy-in in the past tense. That’s probably because of the aftermath of tonight’s meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus.

Senate Democrats emerged from a special caucus meeting Monday night determined to pass a health-care bill by Christmas — but without the Medicare buy-in plan that liberals had sought as an alternative to a government insurance option […]

In the Monday evening meeting, Reid urged Democrats to accept political reality and move the $848 billion bill across the finish line without the proposal.

“It appeared that would be necessary,” Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), a moderate, said in response to a question about whether the Medicare expansion would be dropped as he left the caucus.

“It’s going to be a good bill, it’s not going to be a great bill,” Brown added tonight.

It’ll be fun to see what Lieberman will decide has to come out of the bill next. Surely he’ll wait until President Obama tells everybody how great everything is tomorrow and how everyone is united to accomplish this “signature goal” for Americans.

Note that Reid’s office struck back fearsomely at the reports that Rahm Emanuel asked him to cut whatever deal they could with Lieberman… and then Reid went ahead and cut that deal. We’ll know the truth soon enough.

David Dayen

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