Cenk Uygur interviewed Rob Andrews (D-NJ) on the Young Turks, and asked him about his position on triggers. Now, Rahm Emanuel has been trying to stop the hemorrhaging on his health care plans by demanding that members refrain from saying that they’ll vote against either the Baucus bill or triggers. Consequently we’ve heard all kinds of weasel words over the past few weeks about how triggers can be a "good" thing (Nancy Pelosi), a possible compromise (Harry Reid), or something the Republicans like Olympia Snowe might go for.
For those who can’t manage to spit out any of those palliatives, we get things like "I don’t want to draw a line in the sand" or some other translation of "I want to leave myself open to vote for whatever Rahm didn’t auction off to the lobbyists." But it all comes out sounding like gibberish:
CENK: Let’s say, as is very likely, that we don’t get the ideal. And the Senate version has a trigger in it, and you go into committee, and it comes out with a trigger. Do you vote no on that bill?
ANDREWS: Again, I’m not going to say that I would because I want to get this plan passed. I would strongly not like to see that in there, and I’m going to do whatever I can to argue that that’s the case but I think in any negotiation painting yourself into a corner is a mistake. I would look at a trigger very negatively, I don’t think it would work, but I don’t think that we should be painting ourselves into a corner.
That just doesn’t make any sense. Andrews has been giving interviews in which he says that the Senate bill will not have a public option, because there aren’t sixty votes. Why? Because — wait for it — Democratic Senators have said they won’t vote for a public option. So their decision to "paint themselves into a corner" means Rob Andrews assumes they’ll get what they want.
Andrews goes on to describe his feelings about a trigger:
ANDREWS: All the trigger really does is delay the inevitable, and frankly, put the American people through five more years of exploding health care costs where they’re at the mercy of the insurance industry.
In Andrews’ own words, he doesn’t want to "paint himself into a corner" by saying he’ll vote against a bill that "put[s] the American people through five more years of exploding health care costs where they’re at the mercy of the insurance industry."
Andrews is in a D+12 district. That’s going to go over really well in 2010.