The devil is in the details with the public option trigger. The only way we’ll be able to tell if one is going to work is to see how insurance companies react. If they fight like hell against it, then it’s probably a good idea. If they don’t, it’s probably toothless. I don’t know what to make of the fact that Ben Nelson might be willing to support it:
“If, somehow, the private market doesn’t respond the way that it’s supposed to…it would trigger a public option or a government-run option,” Nelson said Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, “but only as a fail safe, backstop to the process. And when I say trigger … I don’t mean a hair trigger. I mean a true trigger.”
I’m guessing a hair trigger means something that might actually get pulled whereas a true trigger means something that never will. But maybe I’m being too cynical.