First Read caught Clinton on his way into the Senate where he ran into Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME),
When former President Bill Clinton walked into the Capitol this afternoon for luncheon with Senate Democrats, he pushed a healthcare proposal championed by Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. But based on the context of his comments he was probably more joking and courteous, than serious.
"I'm gonna tell them Olympia [Snowe] is right. They ought to follow Olympia," he said with a big grin as he walked away. Snowe's proposal would allow a public option to be "triggered" in states only if private companies failed to offer affordable insurance plans.
Sadly, I doubt that Clinton was joking at all. Rahm Emanuel, who has been pushing the trigger idea for almost a year, is a former senior advisor to President Clinton. A month ago, Bill Clinton openly endorsed Snowe's trigger and called it a “good idea.” Clinton has never been a strong supporter of the public option, and he shares Rahm's goal of getting anything passed and labeling it a win.