I still have a little hope.
Depending on how the government option is worded, it may be possible that a few companies can offer private insurance to cover: (1) faster treatment, (2) higher level care, and (3) care which has been denied by the death panel.
These companies could be the nucleus of a return to private care.
Otherwise, as a senior, I expect I will be paying cash for most of my treatment in Mexico. May even have to move there to get reasonable medical care.
Is private pay for benefits denied by Medicare permitted today?