September 16th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
5 years ago

Key senator unveils long-awaited health-care proposal

 Sen. Max Baucus will reveal his panel's compromise health care reform plan on Wednesday.
Sen. Max Baucus will reveal his panel's compromise health care reform plan on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a summary of his long-awaited health-care plan Wednesday, setting the stage for a legislative showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

The bill, crafted by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, would cost $856 billion over 10 years and mandate insurance coverage for every American.

In a written statement, Baucus claimed the bill - released with no Republican support - would not add to the federal deficit.

The measure drops the public-health-insurance option favored by Obama and many Democratic leaders, according to the summary. As expected, the plan instead calls for the creation of non-profit health-care cooperatives.

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  1. Cindy

    No Republican support, as usual.

    Democrats are trying to craft a compromise Healthcare bill. Republicans are simply trying to wittle it down til it's meaningless.

    As usual... Republicans playing games on the Hill. I am thoroughly disgusted.

    September 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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