One of the key words we’ve been hearing throughout this entire health care debate is the word “trigger.” It sounds to me like it’s used mostly as a way to sway people away from the idea of a public option. As if some time in the future, when something happens, if it happens, then we can work on a public option or whatever it is we’re working for. I hear this over and over again; trigger, trigger, trigger. I’m getting tired of hearing it.
What I would like to hear is exactly what constitutes a trigger? I’m being simplistic here for a reason. Define a trigger. As if things aren’t bad enough now. When I look at my health insurance bills from 2003, and compare them with my health insurance bills now it’s staggering. If you read all about costs; what people are paying now, when you look at what is and what isn’t a pre-existing condition, what is covered and what isn’t, well, it’s pretty bad.
We keep hearing “well, let’s do such and such now, and then have a trigger, and when the trigger kicks in then ….” And on and on and on. How much worse is it supposed to get before we get to this big, mysterious trigger?
I just want to ask one question here:
Hasn’t this “trigger” already been pulled? A long time ago?
I read this today, that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she isn’t ready to have a trigger option instead of a public option. She said that a trigger sounds more like an excuse to do nothing. This sounds just about right to me. I think it’s exactly right.
What worries me is that she’s stood for other things in the past too, but when it came time to act, she’s backed down. I really hope that doesn’t happen with this too. My fear is, the odds are she’ll fold.