(CNN) - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, is facing heightened criticism from members of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party over his panel's health reform bill that lacks the so called "public option" for health insurance.
In a new 60 second commercial that begins running Tuesday in Baucus' home state and in Washington, D.C., Montana farmer Bing Perrine urges Baucus to support a public option - something the senator has ruled out in a bid to gain bipartisan support for the measure. Perrine said that he faces more than $100,000 in medical bills because of heart problems.
The ad is being paid for by the two liberal advocacy organizations: Progressive Change Committee and Democracy for America.
The Montana Democrat has instead backed more limited health cooperatives, a move that so far has failed to attract any firm GOP support and has angered some members of his own party. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have introduced an amendment to Baucus' bill that would add a public option. The amendment will be voted on as early as Tuesday in the Finance committee.
"Senator Baucus, when you take millions of dollars from health and insurance interests that oppose reform, and oppose giving families like mine the choice of a public option, I have to ask: 'Whose side are you on?'" Perrine, said in the new ad.
Progressive Change Committee and Democracy for America said they will initially spend $50,000 on the ad and hope to raise an additional $50,000 to keep it on the air.
Full Script after the jump:
BING: My name is Bing Perrine and I live here in Billings, Montana, with my beautiful wife and baby boy. Last June, I collapsed because of congenital heart problems. I need open-heart surgery, but I have no insurance and no company will insure me.
My friends and family have been a blessing. With hearts as big as a Montana sky, they have helped with bake sales and benefits. But my wife and I still owe over $100,000 in medical bills.
None of this debt would have piled up if I had the option of buying into a public health insurance plan.
Private insurance companies need competition. They profit by denying care to people like me.
Senator Baucus, when you take millions of dollars from health and insurance interests that oppose reform - and oppose giving families like mine the choice of a public option - I have to ask: whose side are you on?
Our government should stop interfering in everything. Instead of federal armed forces we should have blackwater take over everything b/c private companies are always run better right? Instead of the FDA we should just allow drug companies to approve their drugs, b/c if we had the government do it that would be socialism. We should also not have public schools, if a family can't afford a private school they don't deserve to learn how to read. We also should not provide any services to people not born in this country since every American's ancestors where born here and certainly didn't come from another country.
All you need to do is read the script of this ad to realize that it is not written in the world of reality. It should say 'if I could get insurance that was paid for by other people and free to me, I'd be better'.
Yes it $ucks to not have insurance and rack up medical bills. Maybe you should have had it in the first place. BUT ALAS – you will be able to get insurance if they repeal the pre-existing conditions clause. 'Purchasing' The government's public option or a private insurance optino shouldn't matter after that (if you actually intend on purchasing it).
Please deal with facts people. I think most people can see through flimsy emotional pleas for irrational government growth.
No public option = No health care reform.
Health insurance reform is not health care reform.
that is because:
1. his solution didn't start with 'no'
2. he actually had a solution
of course they are angry, he is shedding some light on their spinless position with their head in the sand like an ostrich and actually proposing something
come out from under your rocks GOP, the sky isn't falling