The Obama administration's debt commission was bound to propose a mostly awful, regressive plan. We knew this the moment the president decided to have an investment banker (Erskine Bowles), a former Wyoming Republican senator (Alan Simpson) and the former head of a pro-Social-Security-privatization think tank (Bruce Reed) run the commission. If you can admit the two real parties in Washington are not the Republicans and Democrats but the Money Party and the People Party, then you can admit that this commission is not a bipartisan commission - it's purely partisan for the Money Party.
Not surprisingly, this Money Party commission's major tax proposal for dealing with the national debt is pure Arthur Laffer: specifically, a proposal to lower the top-bracket tax rate and lower the corporate tax rate. Equally unsurprising is the commission's demand for massive Social Security and Medicare cuts. None of this makes sense if you are a Regular Person - but if you are a constituent of the Money Party, it makes perfect sense.
When a Money Party commission is forced to admit that the nation needs a public health insurance option, it's a good sign that such an option should be considered a pragmatic "moderate" idea - not an ultra-liberal/quasi-socialist boondoggle, as the political media regularly called it.