Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery report in the October 24th The Washington Post:
Democratic leaders in the Senate and House have concluded that a government-run insurance plan is the cheapest way to expand health coverage, and they sought Friday to rally support for the idea, prospects for which have gone in a few short weeks from bleak to bright.
Murray and Montgomery first note:
In an early estimate of the House bill, the Congressional Budget Office forecast that fewer than 12 million people would buy insurance through the government plan.
This is true, by itself, but then Murray and Montgomery later report: