Trigger Mechanism Compromise On Health Care Public Option

Karl Rove.  Obama and the Perfect Political Storm.  “It’s hard to sell change voters don’t think they need.”

Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) was inartful but basically correct when he said if Mr. Obama loses on health care, “it will be his Waterloo.” It would destroy confidence in the ability of Democrats to govern. Mr. Obama knows this, which is why he will stop at nothing to get a bill, any bill, on which the label “health-care reform” can be stuck.

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Maybe some testing of waters is happening with Clyburn: ‘half a loaf’ on health care better than nothing.  This may be a hint of what just might be  presented at the upcoming  prime time presidential address to Congress on September 9, 2009.

Instead of a nationwide government insurance program, Clyburn is urging other Democrats to accept a scaled-down public option that would be tested as a pilot program in several parts of the country.

There have also been quieted discussions between the White House and Republican Senator Olympia Snowe.  Discussions that might garner Republican and Democrat support for a compromise, according to Politico.

…a scaled-back bill that would focus on insurance reforms that both sides could agree to, but would not have a full public option, instead, would have a so-called trigger. What that means in layman’s terms is basically that the insurance companies would have a couple of years to make some dramatic changes.

If they do not make those changes, then a public option would be triggered. So, it would be used down the road.

Flopping Aces calls it The Obama Back-Peddle On Health Care? Not Believing It.  But now it seems like Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is on board with a trigger mechanism to monitor private insurance companies for greater coverage options and cost reduction, before unfolding a public option later.

Obama must save face.  Democrats are looking at uphill battles in 2010 elections.  Looks like a compromise is very much part of the landscape in the upcoming presidential address on health care to the House and Senate during prime time Wednesday September 9, 2009.

The Heritage Foundation has some excellent reasons Why the “Trigger” is a Bad Idea.

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