Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, October 24, 2009 10:43 pm

Trigger this

The guy who came up with the idea of a public option in health insurance reform explains why a trigger is a bad idea. The short version: People would be required to buy health insurance a lot sooner than any trigger could possibly be tripped that would lead to creation of a public option, and it would take even longer after the trigger was tripped before that option was available.

In short, any support for a trigger is basically stealth opposition to a public option. So whatever your position on a public option, forget the trigger. Let’s either have a public option or not, and let’s have our public conversation focus on those two choices — at least they’re realistic.

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