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Baucus on the public option

It almost sounds like he's taking credit for it:

It is time to make our system work better for patients and providers, for small-business owners and for our economy. It is time for health-care reform. For more than a year, we've been working to meet the goals of reducing the growth of health-care costs, improving quality and efficiency and expanding coverage. There are a tremendous number of complicated issues that go into reform and the public option is certainly one of them. I included a public option in the health reform blueprint I released nearly one year ago, and continue to support any provision, including a public option, that will ensure choice and competition and get the 60 votes needed to pass the Senate. Success should be our threshold and I am going to fight hard for the 60 votes we need to meet that goal this year.

By Ezra Klein  |  October 26, 2009; 6:05 PM ET
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Baucus does everything he can to stop it, to delay it, to water it down, to poison it ...

... and finally, to take credit for it.

Baucus redefines the term "shameless".

Posted by: akmakm | October 26, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

this just kind of came to me as complete speculation...but is it possible that the dems did not include the public option in the finance bill to see if olympia snowe would at least bite on that. now that they know she is willing to vote on that, they are now trying to take it a step further?

i realize that reid was not on the finance committee and it was not his bill per se, but obviously the democrats talk to each other...

Posted by: DropItLikeItsHot | October 26, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, if Baucus is on board, it means it will prevail. And, this version of the PO is going to the one that gets into law in large part.

Posted by: cmpnwtr | October 26, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Baucus will remain on board as long as he can to minimize damage to his corporate funders.

His original ministrations to the PO in his whitepaper were just a charade--as played out in his Finance chairman role and votes--to Sen. Kennedy in order to assure his place in the process.

Max will work hard to appease insurers, pharmaceuticals, and providers at the expense of his party's liberal and progressive wing.

Posted by: jc263field | October 26, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Whatever works, baby, whatever works. I'd be willing to let Mitch McConnell take credit if we can get a decent public option passed.

Posted by: Jaycal | October 26, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

If Baucus is suddenly for the Opt-Out Public Option I might change my mind about it :-)

I sure will read the provision much more carefully now.

Posted by: cautious | October 27, 2009 3:47 AM | Report abuse

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