September 5th, 2009
12:13 PM ET
9 years ago

Baucus could send proposal to 'Gang of Six' on Saturday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two sources familiar with the "Gang of Six" bipartisan talks say Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, could distribute a proposal to the other five negotiators as early as this afternoon.

In a conference call Friday, Baucus made clear to the other senators he wants to move forward very soon with a health care bill.

Democratic sources say Baucus is well aware that with the president's Wednesday speech looming, and the White House already looking at other avenues to pass a health care bill, time is virtually up for this group, which had been negotiating intensely all summer.

A big open question is whether two Republicans, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, will support the bipartisan proposal.

White House and Democratic leadrship sources have said for some time they do not think Grassley and Enzi will sign on.

Baucus is hoping to find out the answer to that question by distributing a proposal this weekend, ahead of the group's meeting Tuesday.

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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. cspurgeon

    does someone care what these losers do. Let them stay home and do nothing just as they always have...only stop their benefits so the taxpayer doesn't have to pay for them. Don't worry Boys the insurance companiesn will cough up. What losers. Don't deserve any respect!

    September 5, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. Don

    Why should republicans cooperate with a white house that mainly deals with "how to shift power forever in this country for the Dem's"? They try to go after previous administration guys, they try to shift money and support from useful people who worked all their life and are old to young scumbags who do not contribute to society but can vote to keep benefits they do not deserve in place! The scheme is clear and is very Chicagoesque.... At this point any cooperation should be a no go!
    (I doubt CNN will let this comment out given their love affair with Obama).

    September 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Get Grassley out of that group. He's a lying hypocrit. Says one thing to people's faces in DC and writes and says something else to Republicans. He needs to be kicked out of US Government. He's nothing more than a GOP Mouthpiece.

    I want MY country back – all people considered – not just the wealthy and the corporate giants.

    September 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Larry - Hazleton, pa

    Whatever comes out if it does not include a "public option" it will be of no value to ordinary people – it will be a sell out to the insurance industry who has been taking advantage since the beginning of time – anyone who believes that the fat cat ceo's of the industry are in this because they want to help people who do not have insurance should have there heads checked. they the ceo's are only one step above the ceo"s of the tobacco industry – both of which are steps below used car salesmen.

    September 5, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |

    The FEAR of Obama by the Republicans is driving them to take steps that will come back to hurt them in the future. The fact that they have gone so far as to say that Obama speaking to studens to inspire them to get a good education is BAD shows how much they fear him and will stop at nothing to try to bring him down. In the end they have now made it impossible for any future president to speak to students. WHAT A SHAME!

    There might be a hidden agenda in not waqnting children to strive for a better education. After all if they learn to read, write and think for themselves they might not become Republicans.

    The Health Care reform is just one point they feel they must stop, because if Obama can get this done it will weaken their case even more. Now they toss out all their silly buzz words. Words they have used in the past to stoke the fear of good Americans. The FEAR tactics seemd to work because the MEADA shines its lights on the mobs. But the tea party express is just a tempest in a tea pot. They are really "Archie Bunker's Fan Club. A bunch of people that live in fear of a BLACK MAN in charge. The more things change the more they remain the same.


    September 5, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. katiec

    The problem is Baucus wants co-ops which will not work, have not been proven and ultimately leave the insurance companies in control.
    That along with the $6 billion he is requesting to implement.
    Please keep in mind that Baucus has received substantial
    donations from health care entities.

    September 5, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. windrider

    Considering that the Gang of Six represents less than 3% of the total population, I'm not sure why they are the ones negotiating the outcome in the first place. On the other hand, we have less than 3% of the population showing up screaming, ranting, raving (and increasingly, armed) to disrupt any kind of discussion on the topic, so yeah, I guess we can allow the lives and health of millions of Americans be determined by the very privileged and powerful few. Ain't that the American Way? Sure it is.

    September 5, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. steve

    CNN just remember that the smear and character assassination on President Obama's green job adviser was orchestrated by Glenn Beck and the whole of the right-wing extremist groups.
    It is unfortunate, that you have joined in the band waggon.
    NAACP and other civil right groups in this country should be ahead of this attack to derail the good job he is doing in this administration.
    Republicans are fighting very hard to derail any effort the president is pursuing to create jobs in the economy.

    September 5, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  9. Obummer - One and Done

    Baucus, Bingaman, and the other Democrats seem determined to torpedo their own political careers.

    September 5, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  10. Independant Vet

    Obama an acorn will win again .

    For he has majority of Ilegals and _______ on his side.

    Break it down Person to person , what has Obama got to loose. A lot if it ever comes about , that he has to show proof he is a citizen , An show amount ofunds he got in his Campain Illegally an over described limits.

    September 5, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. B

    Here’s hoping that Obama can overcome the – hate and lies- of the Status Quo, and we can proceed with what MOST Americans want. We need a health care program that works for ALL of us, not just the well off.

    This is not a political issue, it is a fundamental moral issue that other developed countries have already come to terms with!

    September 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. DonnaLee

    The group of six is anything but nonpartisan. The three rethuglicans have blocked, delayed, objected, and generally made themselves a nuisance.

    I've said it before ... to the devil with rethuglicans who think that the tiny little minded group they represent are the center of the universe.

    They are neither center or universal. They are whacked out far right weirdos who don't want any change ... until they cash their unemployment and government run retirement checks that is.

    We want a health care option that will let us bypass the insurance giants if we choose.

    Get it weirdos? ... it's all about choice. Not you!

    September 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Always Remember...Republican Zealots got us here

    National Health Care begins with putting Cheney?Bush on trial for the last 8 years.

    Dear Afghanistan......come to find out its a legal matter, give us Bin Laden so he can be put on trial in a court of law ......and We (the US military) are outta there.


    Rebuilding all our neighborhoods, one sensible step at a time.

    September 5, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. J.C. - Independent & Insured

    When corporations and individuals have equal rights, the world's Beacon of Democracy may have to change hands to another country. This comes at the time when we are reforming our health care and debating over the worth between individuals and insurance-medical corporations.

    If the White House has to disclose visitor's list, how about each Congressional member's visitor list? Thanks to the voting records in Congress!!

    September 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. Andy

    Any health care bill that doesn't have tort reform in it or has exemptions for groups is not a health care bill. It is political payback at the expense of the middle class who will have to pay for this. Just like we paid for GM, the stimulus and a 9 TRILLION dollar deficit. Which by the way, in 2003 when the deficit was 500 Billion, it was the worst economy since Hoover.

    September 5, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. eolufemi

    So these guys only start doing their job when the President cracks the whip...The president needs a new democratic congress.

    September 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. S Callahan New York

    I had a dream last night it was the illuminant who was stirring all this controversy over the health care bill........I know when awake i do know I want the poor, and ill, to have adequate health care...but the issue for me (will it cause greater hardship on taxing?) and avenue (what is the best way to achieve the goal without government interferring in health issues that a truely cops is really the only way) and lastly moral (can governement stay out of my right to chose or not to choose abortion=no funding for abotions through fed government). Guess I need to go back to sleep to get more wisdom. lol

    September 5, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  18. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    I am very disappointed in the Republican Party. They are not trying to negotiate something better "for the people" of this country. They are being self-serving by trying to make the Democrats look bad by failing to pass something "for the people". Do they not care about "the people?"

    September 5, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Jim in Florida

    The "Gang" of 435 or however many Elitist Senators and Congress Members have their head buried in the DC sand are killing us out here.

    So, let's allow the government to intrude into health care insurance the way they did into mortgages with Fannie and Freddie (what utter corruption that has turned out to be).

    Florida did similiar with Citizens homeowner insurance. The result is most of the private insurance companies cannot afford to issue competitive homwowner policies in Florida and many, like State Farm, have pulled out altogether.

    It's the government's way or the highway.

    The government will destroy quality health care in this country if they wade into the private health insurance industry.

    September 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. Barbara B.

    I really don't care if they present a bill or not given the tone of the negotiations and town hall meeting that have taken place lately. I would like to see health care reform become a reality as soon as possible, but whatever the final product should be well thought out and beneficial to all.

    September 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  21. Deuce

    And Baucus will Baulk at the first hurdle. Will they never learn. It is not possible. It is not affordable. It is not doable... It is all a Fake...

    September 5, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. Carol J.. Mitchell

    The entire discussion of Health care reform is overshadowed by the Right Wing scare tactics, half truths, distortions and downright lies.
    It is unfortunate that the most vulnerable Americans will lose out because they chose to believe this dribble. It all boils down to racism and ignorance, which all too often rules the day in this country.

    September 5, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Post always rejected by CNN

    Regardless of what bill they propose, what bill the republicans have a hand in writing, THE REPUBLICANS AND THE BLUE DOG REPUBLICANS will never ever vote for it....they are so deep in with health and drug companies they can't afford to vote for a health bill.

    I don't know what to call them, liars for a start. They had eight years to craft a bill that would give people in this country health care and it never even had a whisper so what makes the people think they would vote for a bill now. Best for the country is to kick their butts out.

    September 5, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Susan

    Baucus may want to move, but the two Republicans clearly want to sit on their hands (when they aren't wringing them in horror at the President's clear {in their minds} attempt to control the world.) I really hope reality can replace the garbage that was throw out every day by the Republicans. They may have riled up some uneducated base people, but most of us are more than appalled at their attempts to demonize this administration at every opportunity. And this from the people who sat by while Bush gave away the country. Oh, but he was one of the good old white boys, so I guess that was OK.

    September 5, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. felly

    The Insurance Companies and the Grand Obstructionist Party are open to one kind of reform — universal coverage through mandates and subsidies, so as to give them more customers and more profits. But they don’t want the reforms that will most help patients, such as a public insurance option, enforced competition and tighter regulation.

    September 5, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
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