Well, sort of. Howard Dean referred to the public option as a single-payer system on yesterday’s ED Show.
To be clear, a mixed, public/private health system that Howard Dean is promoting is NOT single-payer. Only a system where private insurance is completely removed from the market is replaced by a government funded insurance program, with privately delivered care, can be considered single-payer.
You can read more about the public option con on PNHP’s website.