Sen. Sanders: “Emanuel is Dead Wrong”

There is still time to take action: Call House progressives and tell them to stand up to "Dead Wrong Rahm" about "triggers" when they meet with him tonight at 7:00 EDT.

Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein is up with a piece on Senator Bernie Sanders’ and former DNC Chair Howard Dean’s criticizm of Rahm Emanuel’s comments on the trigger for a public option:

In separate interviews, Sanders and his fellow Vermonter, former DNC Chair Howard Dean, both took umbrage with comments Emanuel made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that was published Monday evening. The White House chief of staff did not deviate fully from the administration’s line, suggesting that all prospects for reform remained on the table. But Emanuel added something that health care operatives said they hadn’t heard from the White House to date: a statement of support for a health care insurance compromise based on a public option with triggers.

Dean had this to say:

"I think that a public plan with triggers is not a real public plan and it is going to be a trillion dollar failure," Dean said. "Anyone who thinks a trigger is going to lead us to a good place five years from now is wrong… It is not a sensible policy compromise."

Sen. Sanders went a step further and warned of Democratic opposition to the Baucus plan:

"I think that it is fair to say that there are a number of us who would not be voting for anything resembling a Baucus-type plan as we understand it right now," the senator told the Huffington Post, referring to Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus’ effort at constructing a reform bill.

More from Senator Sanders on Rahm and the "triggers":

"Emanuel is dead wrong," Sanders said. "The triggers are meaningless. The American people have shown in poll after poll their contempt for private health insurance companies. They don’t trust them and for good reason.

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