Itchy Trigger Finger

For the moderates who claim they can only support a public option if it includes a trigger, here’s an idea : We pass a heath care reform bill with a robust public option and heath insurance exchanges that are open to everyone (a la the Wyden plan). The public option is behind a trigger that goes into effect the moment the bill is signed and kicks off if a single American dies of a treatable condition becuase they cannot afford heath care. At the rate Americans have been dying to protect the status quo (approx. 45,000 per year), that means we’ll only have to wait 10 minutes or so for the public option. Problem solved!

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