House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday shot down a healthcare compromise that has been viewed as the best chance for getting a bipartisan bill through the Senate.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) rejected the idea of a “trigger” for a public
option. That means that the government-run healthcare plan would be a fallback option, enacted only if other reforms didn’t make healthcare more accessible.
She didn't just say that she doesn't favor the trigger, but will still respectfully debate those who do want it. No, she said that it's out. Why? Because Momma....er....Pelosi said so. That's why.
“I don't even want to talk about a trigger,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference. She said the “attitude” of her fellow Democrats is that “a trigger is an excuse for not doing anything.”
By dismissing a trigger, she also risks further alienating Blue Dog Democrats, who are angry at Pelosi's handling of the bill, particularly her push to include a public option supported by the liberal wing of the caucus. Blue Dogs at times have threatened to block the bill.
Not listening to her Blue Dog Caucus could kill her chance of getting re-elected to Speaker come 2010. Unfortunately, she'll probably won't have to worry about losing her San Francisco based district.
Fortunately, a plan with a mandatory public option will never gain massive GOP support, if any, even with the RINO Caucus. In addition, the many of the Blue Dogs, fearing their chances at re-election in their conservative to moderate districts, won't vote for it, either. As a result, a bill including the public option is going to have a very hard time passing in the House, but if it does, it will be dead on arrival in the Senate.