Wednesday, September 09, 2009

"It All Depends on How You Set The Trigger"

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Congressman Roy Blunt signaled Wednesday he would not likely be able to support a Democratc healthcare plan that "triggers"a public option if insurance companies don't make certain changes within a set time frame.
"It all depends on how you set the trigger," Blunt said, before listing ways a "trigger" could be crafted that "don't really make it a trigger."
The "trigger" option is the latest potential compromise that's being discussed as a way to bring on board more moderate Democrats who are uncomfortable with a public option.
"You can call a clause in a refrigerator, but that doesn't make it a refrigerator. You can define a trigger in ways that don't really make it a trigger," Blunt said. "If you create a trigger that's absolutely going to be pulled, that's not really a trigger at all. It's just a longer path to getting to where you want to go."
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BLUNT SAYS OBAMA WILL BE TALKING TO DEMS
ADDS HE SHOULD BE TALKING TO GOP
"Clearly the president is going to sign a bill that those majorities pass, so uniting Democrats appears to me to be more important to him than either talking to the country or talking to Republicans," Blunt said. "If I was him, I'd be trying to get buy-in from Republicans on this important factor in people's lives."
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