Multiple sources close to the process told CNN Friday that while the plan is uncertain, they are preparing for the possibility they could deliver their own legislation to Capitol Hill sometime after the President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, with one source calling the possibility of new legislation a “contingency” approach if efforts by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus to craft a deal fall through. The sources spoke to CNN shortly before Baucus said that he may lay out a health care plan as soon as Saturday.
As previously reported, the so-called trigger option remains very much on the table.
Under a ‘trigger option’, a new government-run health care plan would only go into effect if insurance companies fail to meet certain affordability standards with their own plans.
President Obama has made it very clear that a healthcare plan is very important to him, and has said many times in the past that he strongly supports a “single payer system”.
Whatever legislation comes out of the White House, we can be sure of one thing. The President’s previously stated goals will be reflected in it. Whether there is a “trigger option” or a “public option”, we know President Obama wants a single payer Universal Health Care system. We need only to look to England’s NHS system to know how devastating that will be.