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By Matt Keating on August 9, 2009

PORTLAND, Oregon -- Infiltrating the historic Bagdad Theater for a Friday evening taping of Monday afternoon's Ed Schultz Show (courtesy of KPOJ-am 620), it was hot. It was Baghdad hot. But the record Oregon temperature didn't keep healthcare advocates away. Waving "Crooks in Congress Paid in Full" and "Single Payer NOW" signs, Portland progressives packed the standing-room-only theater to hear and see MSNBC/Air America's Ed Schultz turn up the heat for healthcare reform.

As Schultz fanned the just flames for a "single payer option" (curiously blurring the line between single payer and public option healthcare reform), he reminded Portland: "The mission, the mission, the mission is single payer" and U.S. Senators who stand in the way of, at the very least, public option will be sorely surprised.

So here's the playbook: Single payer is the mission. The way to get there, underscored Ed Schultz, is public option.

An unfortunate problem of the mission, however attractive of an ideal -- however noble of a national cause, is a misnomer: mission "single payer" is poorly titled.

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