I did not know this until recently so I won’t fault anyone else for not knowing it either: Triggers are nothing more than a way for a bill to die a slower death.
In the history of our Congress, “triggers” have almost always been ignored.
So all the talk from Olympia Snowe that she is so fair-minded and fiscally responsible that she can ONLY back a health care reform bill in the form of a trigger is a bunch of bullshit. Adding a trigger to the bill is a simple way of killing the bill without having the balls to say you are killing the bill.
Here’s how Triggers work: If a bill it not really supported by Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, these Senators and Representatives put a Trigger option in the bill, meaning that if certain criteria don’t come to fruition, then someone can “pull the Trigger”. The problem is that the Trigger is never pulled.
Here’s an example: One trigger came about in 1973. At that time Congress enacted the War Powers Resolution. It gave the president 90 days after the start of any armed conflict to receive congressional authorization. If no such authorizations were granted, troops would be required to come home. Congress has never once imposed a 90-day deadline on any military action.
I live in Maine. Olympia Snowe certainly doesn’t represent me in the U.S. Senate, although I pay her to do so. She is representing her own interests. According to the Huffington Post, Snowe has received more than one million dollars in campaign contributions from the health care industry. I’ll say it again. Snow has received more than ONE MILLION DOLLARS from the heath care industry. Does that sound like incentive to PASS health care reform, or reject health care reform. Susan Collins is no different so don’t be fooled by her either.
So this is why Ms. Snowe feels so adamant about having the public option be ONLY a trigger. So it looks like she’s voting FOR health care when if fact she knows the trigger will NEVER happen, it never has before. She is a cop-out, a coward, and does not represent the constituency in Maine. She is nothing more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. She like her power right where it is and will do anything to keep it.
If Olympia Snowe really wanted some sort of health care reform, then we’d already have it. Again, I live in Maine. I am underinsured. I have called her office and got nothing but the run-around. She doesn’t represent the people of Maine who pay her salary. But the people of Maine don’t understand the nuances of politics. Mainers are straight shooters, and unfortunately believe that Snowe, and Collins for that matter, are as well. But they are not.
Call Olympia Snowe‘s office. They won’t tell you what she thinks or how she’ll vote because she is a coward. But you can tell them what YOU think and what YOU want. If we, as her constituency, don’t stick up for ourselves, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. I beg you get involved in this health care debate or you will lose. Even those with health care will lose. Stop the insanity. And the lies.