September 9th, 2009
11:54 AM ET
5 years ago

Baucus to make major announcement just after noon

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Two Democratic sources tell CNN that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus will make a significant announcement about the process and timetable for moving his health care plan forward at 12:15 pm.

UPDATE: Baucus came out of a closed meeting with all Democrats on the Finance Committee and said that he plans to formally unveil the committee's health care bill next week, and will set a markup for the following week - and that he plans to move forward, with or without Republicans.

Baucus said Republicans have had a lot of input, and that he will keep working with them through next week and during the markup to offer their ideas. But the announcement seems to signal there is no guarantee he will get Republican votes, or the bipartisan bill he's worked on for months.

The Gang of Six still plans to meet with Republicans this afternoon.


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Just great. Here come the fines and penalties.

    September 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Reagan was wrong

    It will probably go something like this:

    "Esteemed colleagues, members of the press, it is my distinct pleasure to announce that I am now a wholly owned subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc.

    Thank you, and God bless money."

    September 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. j

    If they're going to fine people because they can't afford health insurance without offering an affordable public option, then I think the debate over health care is over and dead. Fining people because they're too poor to afford the insurance is just plain wrong.

    September 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. jasonk

    Hmmm....so a new statement for the health care lobbyist...tell us something we have not heard

    September 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. StevG

    Why do people still listen to her? Why do media outlets put her swill out for people to see. I have never seen a person so wrong for public service in all my years following politics. What is even sadder is that there are some people who actually believe what she says.

    September 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    As one of the largest benefactors of health care industry funding, this should be interesting – not. I think I'll pass.

    September 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Mike

    Cram it down our throats in 2009 and we will shove it up where the sun does not shine in 2010 and 2012.

    September 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. Rachel

    Why would anyone trust or listen to this guy? He was supposed to be negotiating in good-faith, instead he continued to spread lies about "pulling the plug on grandma." I hope the people of Iowa realize this and don't vote for him next time.

    September 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Russ

    This woman is a godess! She will be our next President

    September 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. Wm Scot

    These guys are really pushing the ball down the road. They want this health care issue to go away. The GOP minority and their corporate wanks have won the battle due to the do nothing Democrats that are afraid they will lose their corporate funds and their positions . I am really disgusted at the whole mess. As some one once said we get the type of government what we deserve.

    September 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. HAWK IN TEXAS

    Heck, Baucus is a big part of the problem why we can not get anything done in washington, he is a traitor to the american people.

    September 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Lee in TN

    Whatever Baucus has to say is better than the stale old lies being spread by Sarah Palin in the previous article. There is nothing in any of the bills that have anything resembling "death panels".
    However, death panels do exist under the present health care system. Insurance boards make decisions everyday to cancel or deny health coverage to anyone who is has had past illness. This act by these death panels make certain that a person of average means cannot afford the needed procedures and that is a death sentence!

    September 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Jason

    Um, Baucus isn't from Iowa.

    September 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  14. Susan

    We could always wait and see what the man says before passing judgment – what a concept!!!

    As for death panels, who do you think makes the decisions on whether you live or die now – the insurance companies, stupid! What's the difference? At least the government isn't denying you care to make a profit!

    September 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  15. Moe, NY

    There better be a public option or Baucus can stick his plan where the sun doesn't shine. I, personally, want to see health care FOR ALL AMERICANS. I don't care about the private insurance companies, or their lobbyists and, I especially do not care for the politicans who benefit from these lobbyists.

    September 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. KirksNoseHair

    The only comment I am interested in from this Republican in Democrat's clothing is he is retiring. Go away, Max, you're no friend of the American people.

    September 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Jimmy the Greek

    I'll wager the House of Reps will pass a public-option bill. The Senate will kill it and only pass a "trigger" bill.

    The public will not get more than 24 hours to hear what's actually in the final bill before it gets rammed through.

    Once the details get out... there is going to be a huge outcry all while Congress and Obama will be high-fiving their "accomplishment".

    2010 will show Americas anger when 60+ democrats lose their job.

    September 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Voted4HealthCare

    "His" health care plan?? What about Americans' health care plan? After Sen. Baucus' nonsense these past few months ("Gang of 6" and outside insurance contributions to his greedy interests), many Americans do NOT trust Baucus, nor "his" plan for OUR health care.

    The majority of Americans still support a public option. Anything less from co-op Baucus is unacceptable!

    I would even take a trigger over an ineffective co-op any day.

    September 9, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. southerncousin

    I guess its time for the Congress and Dear Leader to shove this down the taxpayers throat. Make them pay for the lazy, non workers in this country who can't get jobs because they can't pass a drug test. That is what liberals do. I know all you libs scoff and demean the TEA parties. Just know you have not seen anything yet. You are about to find out that those of us who work are tired of paying for your agenda and will set you back at least 50 years. Unless of course you and the union thugs declare martial law and finish instituting the complete dictatorship that liberal ideas represent.

    September 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. cjr

    how much money has Max taken from the insurance companies – full disclosure please – along with Grassley and others on the Finance Committee. Actually if you take a look at the states where these folks come from – they are small and don't contriibute much to the nation. Mostly red states anyway. – ignore them and get this bill passed!

    September 9, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. j

    His mouth moves, but I wonder which lobbiests` words will he speak ????

    September 9, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. S Callahan

    Can I chant this? Co ops .Co ops, Co ops!!!!

    September 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  23. Grace

    Who got him into this spot anyway. He should be kicked out long ago.

    September 9, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  24. Emma

    Kudos to the AMA for their position on health care. As a licensed health care professional for over 40 years, I have seen the reality of illness and threats to life. It would be disastrous if outcomes were always a result of money (as in private health companies who profit from illness), we would be a nation of untreated citizens. Hospitals provide emergency care and the unpaid costs are assessed to the insured in some form.

    Advance directives have been in place for years. MDs have talked to their patients about the likely outcome of their illnesses and people will have a say in their end of life care. That will not change with health care reform.

    Also, many thanks to Sarah Palin, again, for making it obvious that she lacks complex and broad understanding of issues. She appears unteachable about her inane convictions about death panels.

    September 9, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  25. stan

    The republican party cant win,they just dont have the numbers,the gop would have to get 64% of the white vote to even tie obama in 2012,in its only going to get worse,thats why some right-wingers want to pass a law which would require you have to be born in america to vote for the president,the democrats better watch this very closely because this could happen if the republican party gets control of congress,but i dont think any democrat would sign a law like that.but the gop is an serious troule down the road because they cant attract minority voters,in 2024 the minority vote will be 38%,which means the gop will have to get 72% of the white vote to win,goodluck to that,no matter what you see in the media concerning the democrats the truth is their looking very pretty in the future

    September 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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