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. single mom

    Ah, the Democrats! They control the White House, the House of Representatives and the Senate, but can't get their collective acts together.
    Tell me again how this fiasco is the Republicans' fault?

    September 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  2. Blue

    Let's get with the President's plan.

    September 9, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. Terry, Butte, MT

    He is my Senator, and I am totally disgusted with him. How in the world could a Democrat propose MAKING people pay into For-Profit Corporations and using Tax Dollars to Subsidize For-Profit Corporations. That is not being a true member of the Party of the People.

    It proves that OUR Government is bought and paid for by the Corporations. Let me be clear: NO MANDATES and NO TAX DOLLARS to subsidize For-Profit Corporations.

    September 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. paul macdonell

    How irresponsible for leaders like Palin to confuse the issue of a national health care program. Yes panels may make medical decisions, as they do here is Canada, but they are about allocating limited resources. When a person donates a heart do they want it to go where the best chance of survival, the person desparately in need of it.......or does it go to the person who can afford the 250 k for the operation? Even the best health plans in America have panels and limitations, how does Palin explain this?
    I am a Canadian and my opinion can best be described by a comment from Charleston Heston....."you will have to pry my (Canadian Health Card) from dead body"

    September 9, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  5. Linda Va

    You can always identify the republicans statements. LOL

    September 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Clark

    great! .... I can't wait for his announcement that he is throwing in the towel.

    After all I had already made the decision to never participate in any nationalized health care system .... even before President Obama let us know it was time to make a decision ....

    September 9, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Truth Teller

    Just because this guy comes up with a plan doesn't menan the president will sign it inot law. There are five plans circulating now, this is just one of them, and I hope it fails. Nothing less than a plan with a public option is just wasting our time.

    September 9, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Truth Teller

    Just because this guy comes up with a plan doesn't mean the president will sign it inot law. There are five plans circulating now, this is just one of them, and I hope it fails. Nothing less than a plan with a public option is just wasting our time.

    September 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Change_Has_Begun

    too late...you don't want to sit down and have a decent conversation...now watch we will cram this public option down your throat...we will prevail...better get used to it...its our time...go obama...

    September 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  10. mark

    Finally somebody in the bonehead democratic party is making some sense and listening to voters...

    September 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  11. P. R.

    I am glad that the Pharmaceutical companies, and the Hospital association (who have our best interest in mind) are pouring MILLIONS of dollar lobbing against Health reform.

    September 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  12. Chris - Denver

    12:38, what's the big announcement?

    September 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. Mic

    I hope he stands tall for DEM. views in america. I hope he listened to the people that voted for him. Their our very few DEM in congress and the senate. After all the socialist in congress are trying to push through their agenda.

    TO THE DEM. AND REP. STAND TALL DON'T LET THESE SOICALIST PUSH YOU AROUND LIKE OBAMA AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE.

    September 9, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  14. No Hillary = No Obama

    "Major" "Significant" – stop with the grandstanding already. You people need to use a thesaurus or stop making everything sound so important when it isn't.

    September 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  15. Lynne

    Perhaps he could explaihn how it is working with Grassley who has been all over the map changing his tune with every audience and displaying the characteristics of aging and dementia. How long is too long to be a member of Parliament??

    Too many oldtimers especially in the Senate who are stuck in the last century with no idea of how the present day world works!!

    September 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Wake Up

    We all want reform, but no government control!
    Portability, Tort reform, Pre-existings covered, buying over state lines.
    NO GOVERNMENT CONTROL.

    This competitive garbage is such a lie...what other industries need a government competitor? Obama is just such a liar. Wake up Obamabots.

    September 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    I'm sorry, but everyone has to contribute. I'm tired of supporting the lazy and unwilling. I have 2 jobs, why should I support people who choose to drop out of school, or be lazy. I'm so sick of the people who are unwilling.

    September 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. bozo the obama

    just call this con job what it really is-free health care for unions, welfare frauds and illegals to further a socialist agenda.

    September 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. victim of republican greed

    Baucus is no longer relevant to the health care reform. He had his chance and screwed up.

    September 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Pat F

    Talk about double standards! I have never seen more ageist garbage than from Democrats – or sexist either, against Palin.

    September 9, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Ditch ALL these plans!

    Do four things, and we will never have to talk about Health care Reform again.....

    1) Enact Tort Reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and outlandish jury awards.
    2) A Tax CREDIT for those unable to afford their premiums.
    3) Make insurance available across state lines to promote competition and choice for small businesses.
    4) Eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions across-the-board for all health insurance, not just certain types of health insurance.

    Yes, these are all conservative ideas, and they make sense within our current framework, which needs some fixing. Overhauling and government takeover is just not the answer...it will create a nightmare that we'll never get over.

    Of course, liberals will tell you we have no ideas..... I've just disproved that lie.

    September 9, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. victim of republican greed

    In response to some of you southern state anti union people. Some northern states corporations moved to the red states because those states were anti union. Evidently the work force in the south was not too good, because they are now relocating in Mexico. It only goes to show that Mexican workers are far more qualified than non union southerners.

    September 9, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  23. Stop Supporting the Lazy

    do you think Obama's has contributions from insurance companies, pharma companies and unions?
    you lefties are so uninformed and ignorant. no wonder you need governement daddy to help you wastes.

    September 9, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  24. randy

    As a money manager I listen to my Dr. clients and every single one, is against this and it will be a joke and nightmare. Some say the will retire, than have nobama tell them what or how to run a business. He could not even buy his own home with out help from a felon!

    September 9, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. get a clue

    hey cnn, i see you still employ the palin strategy to get ratings... hey, try this instead... get your heads out of obamas rearend and start reporting on real stats like unemployment, economy, the real van jones, and stuff actual americans give a crap about. if you dont soon, you will go down the crapper just like msnbc....

    September 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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