take-action.thumbnail.jpgSources say that there will be a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus tonight to discuss health care with Rahm Emanuel.

Rahm told the Wall Street Journal that he is open to the idea of "triggers." Some are hailing Obama for walking it back, but I frankly don’t see how this is any different from what Rahm said:

I am pleased by the progress we’re making on health care reform and still believe, as I’ve said before, that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices, and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest. I look forward to a final product that achieves these very important goals.

A "trigger" means that a public option gets implemented at some time in the future if the insurance industry doesn’t do what they are supposed to do. A "public plan" and "triggers" aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive, which is why we’ve always emphasized FROM DAY ONE as part of our Whip Count on the public option.

Sam Stein reports that Rahm has been pushing for triggers since February. It’s a way to keep from implementing a public plan NOW, and gives us absolutely NOTHING to build upon toward the goal of providing single payer coverage.

It’s a vile proposal designed to protect insurance company profits at the expense of the public.

The Democratic caucus will be meeting tonight at 7pm with Rahm. Call progressive House members and ask them to confront Rahm directly about the trigger option, and let them know you’ll be calling back tomorrow to find out what they did.

This is unacceptable.


Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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