Asked on CNN’s State of the Union if the use of the trigger would make inclusion of the public option more acceptable, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, unequivocally replied “no.”This can be looked at a couple of ways. One, Collins has suddenly realized she's a Republican and that if she doesn't stand for something she'll fall for anything; or, she's so confident her vote won't be decisive she's free to expose this Democratic flim-flam for what it is. Sounds good either way.
“The problem with trigger is it just delays the public option,” Collins told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, “because the people who are going to be making the determination about whether the market is competitive enough, want the public option.”
If in the end the Dems backtrack and handle health care reform in a more piecemeal fashion without the public option (that everyone knows will lead to single payer one day) the tea partiers can take the credit. Meanwhile president Obama, claiming that those opposing his massive government program/debt have 'coarsened the dialogue' (how long has he been in politics again?) has himself been egging them on from the beginning with his flaming rhetoric, even yesterday telling a crowd, "they can't stop us". Yes, they can, sir.