Areas of Dispute
Max Baucus's framework includes this opening disclaimer: "This is not a final product, should not be construed as a Chairman’s Mark and does not include everything that might be in a Mark. Members may suggest individual modifications or offer whole or partial counters to specific provisions. As discussed, suggestions to reduce the cost of the package are welcome. If, however, a modification will increase the cost of the package, then the member making that suggestion should offer offsets to keep the package budget neutral."
As Shailagh Murray reports, the members are indeed making comments. And one of the members making comments is Olympia Snowe, who can pretty much have whatever she wants. In this case, what she wants is -- wait for it -- more subsidies:
One area of dispute the group will attempt to resolve Tuesday is where to set the federal subsidy cap for uninsured families. Baucus has proposed 300 percent of the federal poverty level, the equivalent of about $66,000 per year for a family of four. But some other members of the group -- including moderate GOP Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine) -- want to push the level to 400 percent, or about $88,000 per year for a family of four. The lawmakers may compromise at 350 percent, said one individual familiar with the talks. The higher threshold would increase the bill's cost.
My understanding of the "Gang of Six" talks is that Snowe and Bingaman have been the two members in the room arguing for more affordability measures. The problem is that Snowe, in particular, isn't big on new financing measures. Which leaves the group in a bit of a pickle. But moving subsidies to 400 percent of poverty would be a huge improvement, and even 350 percent would help a lot of people.
September 8, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
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