Harry Reid: Trigger Happy

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According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Senate Majority Leader thinks putting a trigger on the public option is “a pretty doggone good idea“:

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the proposed public option trigger a “pretty doggone good idea” during a telephone-town hall on health care reform with Nevadans.

Reid supports the idea from Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, which would establish standards and goals the insurance companies must hit within a specified timeframe. If companies miss the deadline, the public option would kick in.

“My first choice is a public option, because I think it will create competition and make the insurance companies more honest,” Reid said Thursday. “My No. 2 choice is the trigger that Snowe talked about.”

Reid said that he preferred the trigger, “which is a pretty doggone good idea,” to the proposed co-operative model some moderate Democrats support.