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"On Monday, Mr. Emanuel said the trigger mechanism would also accomplish the White House's goals. Under this scenario, a public plan would kick in under certain circumstances when
pigs fly out of my butt competition was judged to be lacking. Exactly what circumstances would trigger the option would have to be worked out."
"It's always possible that Emanuel is playing 45 dimensional chess. Gosh I sure do hope so."
"So he can what, finish the job of screwing the country he started with NAFTA?"
"The hirings [Dick Gephardt, Dick Armey, et al] are part of a record-breaking influence campaign by the health-care industry, which is spending more than $1.4 million a day on lobbying in the current fight, according to disclosure records."
Ezra Klein has a good breakdown of the various forms of the "public option."
Update: Politico claims that this statement is tantamount to "walking back Rahm":
"I am pleased by the progress we're making on health care reform and still believe, as I've said before, that one of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices, and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest. I look forward to a final product that achieves these very important goals."
Compare that to the WSJ article at the heart of this:
"'The goal is to have a means and a mechanism to keep the private insurers honest,' [Emanuel] said in an interview. 'The goal is non-negotiable; the path is' negotiable.
"President Barack Obama has campaigned vigorously for a full public option. But he's also said that he won't draw a 'line in the sand' over this point. On Tuesday, the White House issued a statement reiterating his support for a public plan."