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At Long Last, Baucus Bill Due Wednesday

By Ben Pershing
If Budget Day on Capitol Hill is like Christmas for policy wonks, then today must surely be some lesser holiday for health-care mavens. At long last, Max Baucus will unveil his version of the reform bill, without the support of any Republicans or many radical changes from the framework he has already released.

"The time has come for action. And we will act," Baucus writes in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, adding that the Finance Committee will move forward "in the next several weeks." Baucus's decision not to wait for Republican support, as Associated Press puts it, "dims the chances for a bipartisan compromise on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority." How strong were the chances for such a compromise in the first place? Beyond the basic necessity to get 60 votes in the Senate, how important is it in the broad scheme of things to pass a bill with two or three Republican votes, instead of none? Perhaps more surprising than the absence of support from Chuck Grassley and Mike Enzi is that of Olympia Snowe, though that doesn't necessarily mean she won't back a bill in the end. Baucus did say Tuesday that he thought there would be some GOP support for the measure when the Finance Committee reports it out.

The complaints came from both ends of the spectrum Tuesday, with Grassley criticizing the "artificial deadline" Baucus had imposed and Jay Rockefeller, a key liberal, declaring "The way it is now, there's no way I can vote for the Senate package." As always, if Baucus tries to appeal more to one side, he loses support on the other. As Jonathan Cohn notes, "many of the changes Democrats seek are bound to alienate Snowe. (Among other things, improving the affordability provisions probably means raising more revenue, something Snowe doesn't seem to want.)"

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Posted at 8:13 AM ET on Sep 16, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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Public Option:

Medicare and Medicaid are already in place.
A simple financial application to the SSA or State Medicaid office , with a fee based on a sliding scale, would be encouraging.

Regards,
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | September 16, 2009 12:39 PM

Gov't-enabled abuses make health care reform a cruel joke

DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA SILENT, HARMFUL MICROWAVE AND LASER DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS...

A federal-local multi-agency coordinated action program -- an ongoing legacy of the Bush-Cheney years -- is committing a quiet genocide on thousands of unjustly targeted Americans via such weaponry and a grassroots vigilante army fronted by community policing and anti-terrorism units, protected by fed and local law enforcement...

...an American Gestapo hiding in plain sight, unreported by a complacent mainstream media, unaddressed by naive and apparently misinformed Obama officials.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 16, 2009 11:48 AM

THE GANG OF SIX HAVE FINALLY COME OUT WITH THE "PROFIT PROTECTION ACT FOR THE INSURANCE & DRUG COMPANIES OF 2009" THE BILL THAT THE LEADER IN FUNDS GIVEN FOR ELECTIONS HAS THE NAME IT DESERVES... THIS JOKE OF A REFORM BILL WILL WITHOUT QUESTION SIMPLY DOUBLE THE PROFITS OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES WHILE DOING NOTHING FOR THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY...

THE ONLY THING THAT WIL DO EVERYTHING THAT WE AS A PEOPLE NEED IS A SINGLE PAYER PLAN & SINCE OUR NOT SO TRANSFORMING PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS FOLDED ON THAT THE ONLY THING THAT CAN SAVE THE PEOPLE NOW IS "MEDICARE" FOR ALL THAT ELIMINATES MEDICARE PART D & INCLUDES FULL PRESCRIPTION PAYMENTS... ANYTHING LESS IS LAUGHABLE & IF I WERE IN THE CONGRESS I WOULD VOTE NO TO ANYTHING LESS THEN THAT...

Posted by: MrReal | September 16, 2009 11:27 AM

If I refuse do what I'm paid to do I'll get fired. If insurance companies refuse to do what they're paid to do they get bonuses. Anyone who supports this practice is out of their mind.

Posted by: rooster54 | September 16, 2009 10:27 AM

Republicans will clearly vote against any Democratic bill if they can’t support this extremely moderate legislation.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 16, 2009 10:20 AM

Carter needs to get out of politics. He has nothing better to do with his time except sit around and make up lied. I'm so sick of this race card thrown around everytime a democrat can't come up with something legitimate. It's ridiculous and a double standard. I remember when Bush was called a liar and boo'd at at a congressional meeting, and what happened then...nothing. The democrats get a pass again. This is the most corrupt admiistration I have ever seen in my life time, and the media is so in bed with Obama, it's actually revolting. However, all of this is just making the republican party stronger. People are sick of what Obama is doing to this country. He has stomped all over our constitution, quickly taking away our freedom, and just not respecting this most wonderful country in the world. He is on a road of taking this country to it's knees, and we are going down with it. This is shameful and evil. At least the people are starting to realize what he is doing to this country. WAIT TILL THE 2010 ELECTIONS.

Posted by: Joyce16 | September 16, 2009 10:07 AM

Every thirty minutes someone dies because insurance companies deny coverage. Those who support this practice will someday face God and answer for their complicity in evil.

Please file criminal charges on all persons involved in denial or delay of coverage resulting in death or injury to anyone. Insurers are fighting us with our money. Don't let them get away with it. I ask you in the name of God, please help us correct this injustice.

Posted by: rooster54 | September 16, 2009 9:39 AM

Christians who have the Spirit of God will work to pass the public option. Anyone who doesn't has chosen to worship the idol of materialism and greed and will not inherit the Kingdom. Read Matthew 25 all the way through if you don't believe me.

Posted by: rooster54 | September 16, 2009 9:17 AM

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