The past week has seen a great deal of talk of a “trigger” compromise to the “public option.” Essentially this would delay the implementation of the government run plan to an unspecified date, subverting the legislative process and offering moderate members of Congress a temporary shield from owning the government bureacracy they are creating. But don’t take our word for it. Here is Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaking bluntly in today’s Politico:
Pelosi also warned insurance companies to accept a public option without a trigger, arguing that a public plan triggered by high premiums or other insurer bad behavior would be much harsher than one negotiated now. “They’d be better getting a public option now. … They’ll have a tougher public option to deal with later,” she said.