President Olympia Snowe's Utterly Illogical Trigger Argument
Today, President Olympia Snowe declared her opposition to a public option:
"The point is I don't support a public option. And none of my Republican colleagues do and some Democrats in the Senate and even in the House. I think the point is how do we bridge the divide?" That is why, she said, she suggested the so-called trigger mechanism months ago.
In response to this statement, Open Left's rudimentary deductive logic analyst, Chris Bowers, says that if President Snowe opposes a public option, but she supports a trigger, then she only supports a trigger that well never result in a public option. Otherwise, she is contradicting herself, and actually supporting a public option.
Previously, President Snowe stated that the reason she did not support a public option is because it would offer lower-priced health insurance than private companies:
"If you establish a public option at the forefront that goes head-to-head and competes with the private health insurance market ... the public option will have significant price advantages," she said.