Senator Carper Supports Trigger - Updated

Today on MSNBC, Senator Carper (D-DE) said that he does not want their to be a national public option available on day one. He said, he along with Senator Snowe (R-ME) supports a “trigger” mechanism. The American people will only get to choose a public option years from now if the insurance companies continue to fail. He said it should be like the “trigger” in Medicare part D.

It should be noted that criteria for “triggering” a public plan in Medicare part D is insurmountably high and useless. It deals only with the number of plans offered and not price or quality. It has yet to be triggered.

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