September 28th, 2009
02:09 PM ET
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Baucus targeted by liberal groups in new ad

Baucus is facing fire from liberal groups in a new ad.
Baucus is facing fire from liberal groups in a new ad.

(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?


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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Willis, Texas

    We need to send a STRONG message to the politicians!!

    NO PUBLIC OPTION - POLITICIANS WILL BE VOTED OUT OFFICE! They are being bought by the pharmatical companies and insurance companies. If we put them all in the unemployment line - they won't have insurance either!!

    WE ALSO WANT SINGLE PAY!

    September 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. roger

    Insurance companies, even "co-ops", will never perform in such a way as to lower their profits. The only way to force them to offer a better product at a fairer price is to provide low cost, effective insurance! That means gov't run insurance. To all those hypocrats who claim to want gov't out of their lives, does that include medicare/medicade, soc. sec., fdic, fanny mae, va loans, etc?

    September 28, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Nunya

    I voted for Obama. I did not vote for him because I wanted liberals ramming through extreme programs. He needs to be the leader he can be and tell the extreme left of his party to stop sniping at the people who are more centrist. If the extreme left of the party insists on getting its way, then that moderate center will swing back to the Republicans and the next President Bush will hamstring or reverse whatever monstrosity they do put in place.

    September 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    So what we are seeing is that there is both a right-wing and a left wing conspiracy!

    They are either both political action groups or both conspiracies – you decide!

    Question Authority.

    September 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Vegas

    Instead of using him for their own gain in this ad, why don't the sponsors of the ad pay his medical bills?

    September 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. GOPunk

    America is a CAPITALIST Country.

    PUBLIC OPTION is CAPITALISM because it is FAIR COMPETITION

    NO PULIC OPTION is SOCIALISM because it is MONOPOLY.

    September 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Jetty

    Baucus has become an obstructionist is the healthcare reform. When will drop his fake idea of a bipartisan bill and embrace a Public Option?

    September 28, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Independent Bob

    My question is, what is going on with the 13 Appropirations Bills Congress by it own laws is supposed to pass by 30 SEP. A third of the Federal Budget, all the discretionary spending is tied to those 13 bills. They have historically done a terrible job of getting them passed. Why can't they act in accordance with the laws they pass thay regulate their own acitivites?!

    September 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. B

    Democrats are their own worst enemy at times... and Baucus is it !

    September 28, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. mjm

    Funny....Farmer's in the Midwest have been using private co-ops since the late 90's. It has covered thousands of families and brought down health insurance costs.

    Wisconsin has had a huge success with private co-ops. I wonder why THAT'S not in the bill. I bet it would cost less than 1.3 trillion or 800 billion....whatever the price tag is for the public option.

    Progressive Change Committee and Democracy for America should have picked some other BOGUS story. I don't buy this Bing guy's story one bit.

    Republican's are only against STUPID reform, not reform.

    September 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. GOPunk

    HEALTHCARE MAFIA consists of People like MADOFF.

    Health Care Mafia Pays Bribes to GOP to Support their cause, so that:

    1. They can Earn Unscrupulous Profits and Embezzle Money.

    2. They can become Rich by Plunder and Extortion of the Middle Class.

    3. They can Defraud the Public to deprive them of the Health Services.

    4. They can Control and Deny the Doctors Independent Judgment.

    September 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Centrist

    Sen. Baucus should represent the majority of Americans who support a public option for increased competition and extending affordable coverage to those in need.

    Instead of misguided cooperatives, Sen. Snowe's recommendation for a public option trigger seems a far more reasonable compromise.

    September 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  13. worriedmom

    Why doesn't Congress concentrate on getting people JOBS right now and then worry about the Health issue? With all the stimulus money that has been spent on who knows what, you could have given vouchers to those who need healthcare and are eligible, money for the premiums. And now i read where Democrats want healthcare for the illegals?? You Democrats sure know how to run a country, oops i mean "ruin" a country.
    Please for all of you that are all so bent on public option and healthcare for all, please show your support and belief by sponsoring a family that doesnt have healthcare and pay their insurance premiums for a year! Any takers out there??? hmmmmm "Silence"

    September 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. ronie patrick

    You fight for us Obama for that is what you do best. I am so pleased to be a Democrate ,so that I can pray and support your every efforts to help the American people. Don't listen to the ney sayers for they are a sad bunch of crazy fools. We all know that and so you continue to do what is best for us , for we all are praying around the clock for you our beloved smart, centered, grounded, man of God to do what is right for the people. Continue to fight for everyone and don't worry about these fools who write all the foolishness , for continue to focus on what is for us and we will focus on deep, deep prayers for everyone. May the good Lord continue to keep you safe , and give you the mind of Christ to do what is right for the American people those that voted for you and those that did not. Be for the people of all race and color.

    September 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. stormerF

    Why would the Government Option be able to compete across state lines,but the other health insurance companies can not? That is not competetion, Obama keeps spouting off about. Why will the Democrats not talk about a loser pays system( Tort reform) to lower health and Mal- practice insurance costs? Why does Obama keep lying about being able to keep your health insurance if you like it? when the bill clearly would be taking money from Medicare to pay for this new program? Making 10 million Seniors change to the government run program.

    September 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. David

    Get real. This will never happen until there is a majority for it. As long as people know that a public option is basically a government takeover; not gonna happen.

    September 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    We want a public option. But it's real hard to persuade a senator who is in the back pockets of insurance companies. Get rid of these Blue Dogs and elect some true liberals and moderates.

    September 28, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. shmeckel

    What is with you people and your public option. It is a trillion solutions for a problem we haven’t figured out yet. The government pays 46% of the money spent on healthcare in this country, and only insures 28% of the population. Why is half of the population convinced the government can do it better when it costs them twice as much.

    Let the privet sector compete without restriction and see where the industry is in a year. I understand FREE is not enough money to spend for the far left. Public option was the first idea out of a lefty’s mouth and they spent a lot of time selling it, I just can’t believe how many people bought it.

    Letting government run things is as bad a letting large corporation go unregulated. The only difference is with government no one makes money and no one is over them to regulate them.

    The country went to far right for too long; if we decide to go too far left we will not solve any existing issues and we will create many more.

    September 28, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Chris

    I know for one, if there is ever a public option, I plan on abusing the system and going to the hospital for every little thing. A scratch, small cut, minor burn, minor cold, anything. My view is, if you want me to pay more taxes for a ridiculous system that will only take this country farther in to debt, I'm not going to self medicate for anything. Why should I buy band-aids, cold medicine, etc... I will let the government option pay for it.

    September 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Chris - MN

    It's become tiresome hearing the accusation thrown around that anyone that supports a public option is lazy and wants a hand-out. It's derogatory and, more-importantly, ignorant. Many of us out there are educated people with good jobs and insurance. We just recognize that a public option is needed. Otherwise, the market place will only reward the company that does the best job of avoiding the sick and maintaining the status quo.

    September 28, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. Bryan Blake

    Im just going to agree with this comment because she took the words straight out of my mouth...
    I have no use for a public option. President Obama and the democratic congress claim there are so many billions of dollars in fraud in medicare, how can we trust the government to run any health care program? That fraud and waste have been in medicare for a long time and congress has done nothing to correct it. I am sure that everyone knows someone or has someone in the own extended family that has or is abusing the system. We all know someone on disability who we see daily doing things that indicates that they could work. If it appears to be free, there will always be people who will take advantage of the rest of us.

    Just allow the insurance companies to compete across state lines, put a set of ground rules for them all to follow, reform torte laws with some caps.

    These and many other simple reforms have been proposed by the republicans but no one will even give them a hearing.

    September 28, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. Susan

    Yes I want government out of my life including medicare/medicade, soc. sec., fdic, fanny mae. I have my own retirement savings plan and buy private insurance when I am not employed and have employer sponsered insurance. I believe in social security for the sick and disabled that did not have enough time to save for these hazards, not as a crutch for people who don't want to live within their means when they are working. Fanny MAE and Freddie MAC did not make the mortgage business any more competitive they almost brought all lenders down with them with high-risk loans. Medicade is the scariest program of all. I would never put a family member of mine in a Medicaide facility. This farmer has no insurance but he is having children. Did he not think his family would need it or did he think the "government" would be there when he needed it, even putting his care before the needs ofour military and disabled?

    September 28, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. Richard from Virginia

    How is it that "no public option" equals monopoly? That's like saying the car companies have a monopoly on car production. It's a ridiculous statement. Something the leftists need to realize is that the insurance industry is a business. It must operate for profit or it doesn't operate at all. The leftist would then counter that we need government run health insurance so that care is not profit driven but available to everyone. This same argument could be extended to homes and food, but what they have forgotten is that freedom means you take the good with the bad. You don't have a right to insurance, i.e. paying someone to take the risk for the bad things that happen to you. A public option just opens the door to a single payer system and the libs know it, that's what they want. But to what end? To make it work fiscally, they have to either run up massive deficits, or deny care, as other countries have done. And if you deny care, what was the point in the first place? Who comes out ahead? The government does, because you are now dependent on them for a new "entitlement".

    September 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. GOPunk

    SOCIALISM..... We don't Need SOCIALISM in AMERICA.....
    SOCIALISM..... Obama's Health Reforms are SOCIALISM.....
    SOCIALISM..... SOCIAL SECURITY, is it not SOCIALISM.....
    SOCIALISM..... FREE EDUCATION UNTIL 12 GRADE, is it not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... BAIL OUT OF WALL STREET, is it not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... BUSH lied that IRAQ has WMD's, is it not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... We believed what BUSH said, is it not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... 4300 Troops died, is it not SOCIALISM.
    SOCIALISM..... Feds BAILED OUT AIG and BANK of AMERICA, is it not SOCIALISM.

    How easily we get Fooled and Misled by GOP............ Whatever Bush and GOP did is not Socialism........... Whatever Obama is doing is Socialism..............

    WAKE UP PEOPLE AND OPEN YOUR EYES...... DON'T BE FOOLED AND MISLED BY GOP.

    September 28, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Brian from NJ

    We cannot possibly have people this stupid running the Congress right now... did the congressional liberals learn nothing from watching the right wing fringe of the Republican party chase away the moderates the past 8 years? Nice game plan, liberals, chase all the moderates back over to the Republicans and then watch the blood bath that will ensue in 2010. And if the Republicans are too stupid (or too tied down by Rush, Beck and Hannity) to capitalize on this, then I don't want them running things, either. Maybe the moderates should form a third party and then we can start making progress in this country again. Neither party seems to want them anyway...

    September 28, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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