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September 8th, 2009
08:09 AM ET

Will the 'trigger' end public option showdown?

We are getting down to the wire on health care reform with President Obama set to address a joint session of Congress tomorrow. It's make-or-break time as the White House scrambles to find a compromise.

Our Jim Acosta takes a look at one possibility, the so-called "trigger" option.

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  1. jay m

    The Republicans have no power in the house or the senate, but they still are running the show. Democrats are nothing but puppets.

    September 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  2. Conrad

    Steven; as you can tell by my previous comment, there are those of us who are Christians that don't believe in this kind of concept of Greed and money making off of the human condition of illness. Please try not to judge all Christians. Most Christians I know only believe they way they do because they've been told to by people like Rush Limbaugh or Sean hannity and haven't taken the time to examine the issue, and apply that to what Scripture commands us to do as Christians. We don't all believe that way

    September 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  3. Conrad

    What really gets me is that there are so many people who now see Christianity as the part of greed and corporatism. I am a christian, and I am deeply pained by how so many people who are christians (or who say they are) believe that people shouldn't get health care if they can't pay for it!! What kind of society allows the poor among us to be sick, and in some cases die, just because they can't pay for health care? I can't speak for everyone, but I would gladly pay higher taxes if it meant saving lives. I don't think you can make the argument for the for-profit health insurance industry, and be a christian without examining what it is to be a Christian. Did Christ come to heal people, but deny them that if they couldn't pay for it? And by the way, the first century church was almost communistic in its practice. Everyone shared and helped each other. Now I'm not promoting communism, but as a society, (or at least for Those Christians out there) we have a moral responsibility to care for those who cannot care for themselves. Health care reform shouldn't be a democrat-Republican issue, it should be a societal-ethical issue at which we have to ask ourselves, what is more important; greater profit margins for the health insurance companies? Or the well being and very existence of those people who are denied medical care because their health insurance drops them?

    September 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  4. 2pacolypse Now


    Well said. Unfortunately it's just not Baucas, it's Kent Conrad, Ben Nelson, Chuck Grassley and the White House itself who cut deals already before even getting the debate started that is shooting this thing dead in it's tracks. Typical Dems. At least the GOP no matter how racist, moronic, and obnoxious they are seem to always stick together no matter how wrong they may be. It's that comraderie that Dems have often lacked and lack now.

    September 8, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  5. Thomas Poku

    American has always had a private health insurance industry, and this in addition to Medicaid and Medicare. Yet the system became flawed and broken. Is it not obvious to all of us that in all our lives, there are Public and Private partnerships; Private and Public options; and that nowhere in the world where only one option exist does the system ever truly works. Hence, this is only a political commitment to making sure nothing gets done.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  6. Kim

    Richard, your comments were so eloquently expressed, I need not write or type another word. I concur.

    September 8, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  7. Richard Borgsmiller

    In hearing various congressmen address the "public option", I would be interested in knowing the political contribution level that these congressman received from the health insurance industry. The delay through the August recess was a manuever to buy time. Now, this "trigger" is another manuever to buy time. Congressmen who are not supporting the "public option" are really supporting the health insurance industry and their own monetary support. They are not going to pass a law that will kill this goose that lays the golden egg. Why can't anyone see the real Baccus agenda.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  8. Steven

    The only result of the "trigger option" will be the usual result that happens when Democrats achieve any type of majority in congress and/or have the white house. They will form up in a circle and shoot each other as usual, to the absolute glee of the corporate/republican/christian party of greed,racism,religious intolerance and hatred.

    September 8, 2009 at 9:13 am |