We’re starting to hear whispers that socialists in congress may try to sneak government health care past the American people’s vigilance by peddling a gimmick called a “trigger.”
Don’t be fooled.
From Investors Business Daily:
With the public aware that the government-run option could wreck the private health insurance industry by pulling away tens of millions of its customers, the White House has hinted its willingness to drop the idea.
But that could cause as many as 100 liberal Democrats to bolt because the public option is itself a compromise down from single payer — the Euro-style government takeover that the Democratic Party’s left wants so badly.
Here is where liberal Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine entered the picture, proposing a “trigger” — a public option that would kick in if private insurers didn’t bring down health care costs.
The trouble with the trigger gimmick is it’s really a hair trigger. The other components of the bill make it next to impossible for the trigger not to be pulled and a public option thus established.
Adding tens of millions of transitorily covered people to the health care rolls without major cost-containment measures will cause medical costs to skyrocket.
So will the new rules prohibiting insurance companies from exercising discretion regarding coverage. In such an environment, it will be impossible for private insurers to control premium prices and stop the public option trigger.
The “trigger,” in other words, will have already been pulled on becoming law — making the public option inevitable.
So it’s all a ruse. But then so much of ObamaCare is. The president told the American Medical Association, for instance, that “the public option is not your enemy. It is your friend, I believe.”
Yet the whole genesis of the public option, first cooked up by the leftist Campaign for America’s Future for ill-fated presidential candidate John Edwards, was as a stealthy, politically acceptable steppingstone to single-payer — total government control.
You might recall that during the Clinton years, liberals were big on mandatory “trigger locks” to treat Americans who got away with owning a gun like idiots.
Well, maybe it’s time conservatives came around to trigger locks. I think we need a big trigger lock on this “socialized health care” trigger. One that will lock up this stupid infatuation with socialism and throw away the key.