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A True Compromise, for Better or Worse

By Ben Pershing
At some point in the last few months, Max Baucus apparently decided to test the cliche that a true compromise should irritate everyone.

One day after Baucus released his long-awaited compromise health care measure, the most common theme in the coverage is just how unhappy all sides are with both the bill and its author. "It appears that no one is happy with ... Baucus -- and that may be the best news President Obama has had in months," the Washington Post writes. The White House gave a tepid response, but the administration is certatinly happy to have a bill that moves the process forward. And business groups and other private-sector stakeholders either responded positively or were muted in their criticism. The bill, the Associated Press reports, "gives health insurers, drug makers and large employers reasons to heave sighs of relief, sparing them the higher costs and more burdensome rules included in other Democratic-written alternatives."

The bill's price tag -- $774 billion -- is either the best or worst thing about it, depending on whom you ask. Fiscal hawks will cheer that it meets Obama's goal of expanding coverage without adding to the deficit, but many Democrats complain that it mandates individuals buy health insurance while providing inadequate subsidies to help them pay for it. Kaiser Health News writes that the question of how much people can really afford to pay for insurance is "at the heart of the current debate" and "there is not a firm consensus" among any of the players involved on the answer.

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Posted at 8:27 AM ET on Sep 17, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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We all need to make it clear to Baucus & Obama that we the people and that includes businesses will not bow down to their insurance company masters.
IF YOU HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE CANCEL IT. IF YOU DON'T HAVE IT DON'T BUY IT! Their excise tax is a fraction of the cost of insurance and we all know that if you really need it it won't be there.

Posted by: miriamac2001 | September 20, 2009 12:56 AM

It is a pig because the republicans were allowed to water it down. However, it would benefit the Democrats to put some lipstick on it and get it out of committee. It can be changed later.

Posted by: seemstome | September 17, 2009 8:15 PM

Watch out for this Baucus bill. Yes reform is needed but each american will be forced to pay thousands more to cover insurance annually. Max has already pocketed millions from special interest groups so he has nothing to lose. Doctors say if this bill passes they will retire. Senior are screaming because funding reduces millions from medicare. Fewer doctors higher fees will cause mass rationing.

Posted by: MOMLEE | September 17, 2009 1:26 PM

I'm sure there will be some nice paying, cushy position for Baucus at some drug lobbying firm - Or the Republican National Committee - when he is defeated for reelection next time 'round, as surely he will be - as surely he must be.

People like Max Baucus define the reason I left that party almost a decade ago. They have forgotten that they are (or were) the party of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Pity.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | September 17, 2009 11:57 AM


• Obama agenda, rule of law subverted by fed-funded, extrajudicial GPS-activated vigilante Gestapo that is protected by local law enforcement and has operatives within health care facilities -- compromising the quality of patient care.

* Microwave/laser radiation "directed energy weapons" deployed to silently torture and degrade the health of unjustly targeted American citizens -- the weaponization of the electromagnetic spectrum.

• "Intelligence-based policing" a pretext for a security/military/intel social purge executed at the grassroots with the cooperation of local law enforcement.


BAN BY EXECUTIVE ORDER the use of directed energy weapons on American citizens...

...and the warrantless, covert tracking of individuals via GPS devices or cell phones -- the electronic backbone of a nationwide American Gestapo.

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 17, 2009 9:54 AM

Max Baucus has accepted millions from the health insurance industry and this bill is rotten to the core as a result. If you would like to protest corruption in Washington please join our voting bloc here:

Posted by: letsgobuffalo | September 17, 2009 8:57 AM

What the Baucus bill does is allow Americans to see an actual proposal and what it would really do to health care. Republicans can no longer snicker about death panels or government takeovers. And Baucus took care of the top concern of real Americans, which is the deficit.

By "bending" the proverbial cost curve and turning reform into a means of deficit reduction, the now president has a real advantage in selling reform.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 17, 2009 8:54 AM

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