Columnist Thomas Frank noted the "curious reversal" by Republicans who argue that private insurance companies wouldn't be able to compete with a "predatory" public option insurance plan that covers all comers, including those private companies won't insure. Thomas wrote: "Just think of the conservative caricatures that must be inverted for this argument to work: All those soft liberal bureaucrats? Ferocious man-eaters. The welfare state? Law of the jungle. And the actuarial-minded hardliners of the insurance biz, the ones who deny your claim or cancel your policy? A gentle but endangered species that needs our nurturing, sort of like panda bears."