NYTimes: Obama Administration "Looks Favorably On" Snowe's Triggers


Two senior administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the White House looked favorably on the Snowe [trigger] plan.

I believe this and think it makes the point Glenn Greenwald and myself have been stating for months now - pols are not your friend. As Glenn put it yesterday - "Shouldn't health care activists care more about the public option than Obama's political standing?" They should and they should send the message that the Snowe trigger is unacceptable and, progressive legislators should say health care "reform" without a real public option will not pass. In that sense, Progressive Block leader Raul Grijalva's reaction is the wrong one:

“It’s one vote, she won’t make the commitment on the final product, and she says she’s got to have the trigger,” said Representative Raúl M. Grijalva, Democrat of Arizona, who is leading an effort in the House to round up votes for a government plan akin to Medicare. “I think the administration has put her in the driver’s seat; it’s very disconcerting.”

(Emphasis supplied.) The only way Obama can put Snowe in the driver's seat is IF progressives let him do it. Just say no to the Snowe Trigger. Nonnegotiable. It really is that simple.

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    And here we go with the (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Anne on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 08:58:16 AM EST
    anonymous quotes again; just how gutless do you have to be to not be able to come out and state what your position is on such an important issue?  I mean it's been obvious for a long time what it is the people want, so all this putting-finger-to-the-wind baloney is part of some tone deaf effort to score political points - with Republicans.

    I'm glad the president and the Congress are enjoying this kabuki, but I'm so over it, and so over trying to be heard that it's really just killing my belief in and support of the whole process - and I'm thinking I'm not alone in that feeling.

    So is the administration (none / 0) (#1)
    by lilburro on Thu Oct 15, 2009 at 08:32:45 AM EST
    going to pushback on this article and suggest that they support a real public option, as is contained in some variant in 4 of the 5 bills?

    Seems an appropriate way to win 11 dimensional chess to me.  That is if 11 dimensional chess can be won, instead of infinitely looping without conclusion on the strength of Obama's awesomeness in bloggers' minds.