Friday, September 4, 2009
While President Obama betrays the uninsured and under-insured, as well as his base by not supporting single-payer healthcare for all Americans, the infuriating news comes that the White House is now secretly negotiating with Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe to support a health care compromise called euphemistically called a “trigger” proposal.
Mr. Obama seems bound and determined to do anything in his power to not take a decisive leadership role and fulfill the mandate he was given by the voters to pass meaningful healthcare reform. He has become lost in the morass of bipartisanship.
In theory, under the so-called “trigger” plan, the government would set certain market goals for health insurance companies to meet, if they don’t meet these goals, a public health insurance option would kick in. But it is not clear how or who would pull such a trigger.
But according to the House Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), her 60 House progressives will not support a “trigger” proposal and she made it clear they will block health care reform without a public option.
As President Obama courts his Republican opponents in the senate and hosts closed-door meetings with the leaders of the insurance and pharmaceutical industries at the White House, the president is sprinting further and further away from the progressive base of the Democratic party. If healthcare reform goes down in flames, the president may find the political center a lonely place to spend his remaining 3 years in office.