The influential House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) says Democrats should accept a compromise
--perhaps temporarily--over the public option.
"We ought to set up some pilot programs regionally around the country," Clyburn told McClatchy
. "What you're trying to do is find out what works and what doesn't work."
According to McClatchy
, "After a four-year limited trial run, Clyburn said, the federal health-care coverage would be expanded only if it doesn't drive up costs and prompt companies to stop providing private insurance, as Republican opponents have claimed a nationwide public option would do."
The idea, which Clyburn has proposed to the White House, would serve as something of a compromise between a public option and a public option affixed to a trigger--to plant the seeds of a public option in regions around the country, but not take it nation-wide until a later date, if cost savings and coverage expansions went unrealized.