(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?
Amazing – and how will you pay for it?
Utterly amazing, it is no wonder we are in the fiscal crisis we are currently in – most of the comments here have little to no basis in reality. We are truly the uneducated masses......
Public option insurance policies would be the biggest threat to private insurance company's profits in history!!! So what if insurance companies make big profits and their executives make a lot of money? That's what America is all about!!! Write your congressman and senator and tell them NO PUBLIC OPTION!!!
"Health" insurance companies have every incentive to withhold health care. When Americans get health care, the insurance companies must pay. They don't want to pay. So they deny coverage and claims. Therefore, they ration health care. So simple. So obvious. We need a public option. Period.
My feeling is that Baucus is a Republican in Democrat's clothing. He kowtows to the insurance and drug industry and the Republicans. He should just change parties and quit the charade.
It's good that liberal Democrats are attacking Max Baucus for his failure to include the public option in his bill which serves only the interests of the pharmaceutical and health care insurance industries. We out here in Montana know how corrupt Max has become and we regard his bill as an act of betrayal.
Yes, we need a public option, and we need it now! The insurance companies are making tremendous profits off of us, and I am ready for a change. I don't think opening state lines for buying insurance will do much for competition. Competition may be increased, but I think it would be a high premium competion at best.
I am not looking for any handouts. I am over 50 years old, and have worked and paid for my insurance all my life. I just want affordable insurance with decent coverage.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country!!!
And guess what greedy conservatives? Your "country" includes millions of suffering Americans. HIGHER TAXES! PUBLIC OPTION! HIGHER WAGES! MORE SPENDING ON CONSUMABLES INSTEAD OF EMERGENCY ROOM VISITS!
Stop being so anti-American and do your part to help our entire country thrive, not just the rich!!!
Oh yeah, and capitalism DOESN'T WORK. Isn't that obvious enough from the events of this last year.
REGULATE! REGULATE! REGULATE!
A government BY THE PEOPLE FOR THE PEOPLE!!!
While I do not consider my self a real liberal, private insurance companies are not the answer to soving the health care problems in this country.
The first order is to get meaningful health insurance on all Americans, Private Insurers are not going to do this, no profit you see, government subsities to help pay for the insurance are not going to do this, under the current proposals individuals and families are expected to give up 10-15% of their income, that by the way they don't have to spend, on health care, can not be done they don't have that musch felexabilty. There must be a government plan, that will actually cover from 20-30% of the population, without it, the status quo exists and nothing will change.
This proves that the Democrats are lead by George Soros and Michael Moore. The radical left fringe is fully in charge of the DNC.
Ben Franklin introduced the concept of a post office.
He needs a kick in the baucus for his disgraceful management, or should I say non-management of the healthcare bill....To dismiss a public plan option is to render the bill doa......He deserves to lose his seat, along with the other Blue Dogs.....And I'm surprised at how divisive Sen. McCaskill has become.....After she didn't receive an appointment in the president's admin....She went postal....
Don't be surprised. Remember Democrats arn't the smartest people there are. A chuckle head like W. Bush put beatdowns on them on a regular basis.
Progressive Change Committee and Democracy for America.
Americans for Stable Quality Care.
etc., etc., etc.
Same groups over and over again.
AMA. PHRMA. SEIU.
Did ya notice that while the names of these shadowy organizations change, or come and go, that the players remain the same?
Does anyone REALLY think this is about healthcare?
No Public Option= NO CHANGE
Mad Max Baucus is so in bed with the Insurance compaines he does not have the Peoples best Interest at heart he needs to switch Parties! He Pratices GOP Doings THEN SWITCH PARTIES OR REAL DEMOCRATS VOTE THE BUM OUT!
Don't like socialism, don't ask the city/county to haul your garbage to the (socialist) dump. Don't drive on county or interstate highways, don't call a cop if your car is stolen, don't go to the public library, don't call a fireman if your house is on fire or you cat is up a tree. Baucus is in bed with the insurance COMPANIES, that can deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions, charge you more whenever they decide their ceo needs a new vacation mansion, deny 1 out of every 5 claims and pay their employees bonsus for denying claims. Approximately 95% of claims that are denied and appealed by the policy holders are eventually paid. Private insurance, Nay, it's the Frank and Jesse James Insurance Companies of American. A one payor option is the only reasonable solution. See Michael Moore's new movie Captalism, A Love Story, the Truth will set you Free.
People are not asking a hand out! There are asking what every other country does put people first!
Take a look at how the Bush (Republican) administration helped the people of Iraq.... They assisted in the drafting of the Iraqi Constitution, July 2005. In this document (Google it for yourself)... PUBLIC FUNDED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE IS AVAILABLE FOR ALL IRAQIS - AS A RIGHT!!!
How then the Republicans support LESS for the Amerian people.... or.... can it be that there are no campaign funds to be had from insurance companies in Iraq?...
Strange to me.....
I see more sick and physically dibilitated people who are wealthy and do nothing all day but go to the country club, shop at the most expensive malls, and get botox injections for their already over chemical-peeled skin than those who need to go to work everyday. The Average working person doesn't have the luxury of letting themselves get sick otherwise we can't work. Where does "our" money go? It goes to these overprivilaged selfish people for their "Cadillac policies" while us working stiffs have to struggle with the cost of our health care and normal life costs. A PUBLIC OPTION is what's needed....
Health care reform without the public option is not reform. It's the status quo. Without the public option all we'll have is even more money going to corrupt private insurance companies. Why would we want more of the same?
This guy is not a real farmer, he only plays a farmer for political ads.
Besides, the story doesn't add up. Most farmers have insurance through private co-ops. I'd be willing to bet it's the same deal in Montana. If not, simply allow the same co-ops from Wisconsin to be used in Montana. CNN did a story on Wisconsin co-ops and they covered thousands of people and actually decreased premiums.
We don't need a public option when we can allow small businesses to join private co-ops and purchase private insurance.
I went from my teens to near 60 without a car accident, paying car insurance that whole time. Thousands of dollars. Then, just once, I slipped up and got hit. I was lucky.
To all you folks who don't want a public option, which the only way some folks will ever get coverage, imagine that you work and stay healthy all your life. Then at 59, you get laid off and can't afford health insurance, and there's no public option, and that's when your "health accident" happens. Would you feel that you had been fairly treated by the system?
You should realize that some people get hit by bad luck very early in life, and some die quietly in old age. The reason we have insurance is that you never know which person you will be, and therefore we all pool our resources to help those who have bad luck, knowing that tomorrow it could be us. Everybody needs to have health insurance, and everybody needs to pay for it according to their ability. If that happens, the cost will not be prohibitive and the service will be decent.
Go get him! This congressman needs to wake up. The public option is key in lowing prices and insuring the uninsured. Those of you who argue against it just haven't checked the true facts and have bought into the propaganda (which the insurance companies have already spent millions and millions to put out.) and greedy congressman like this democrat.
Everyone here wants a nanny state. give me give me give me. If the dems were serious about healthcare reform they would crack down on the lawsuits. This has been PROVEN to work on cost redution but none of the dems seem to worry about the lawyers(wonder why). They just want to shove a progressive agenda down our throats before they get voted out in 2010. And why do we keep trying to hide a way to pay for illegals in this. Obama does lie about that. He will sign a bill that covers illegals if it is hidden in the loopholes of these bills. Why wont the dems compromise on anything? Its "my way or the highway" attitude has to stop. Health care does need fixed but for gods sake do it right and dont bankrupt the country.
Anyone who thinks the insurance companies and health care industries will conform without a public option is diluted and living in a make believe world.
Can't blame the republicans for health care. The left and the press have been trying but when you have the majority in both the house and senate, you can't claim it's the party of "No" blocking it. How about pass a bill that everyone agrees on ( no dropping people, no rejection for preexisting medical conditions and such ) ? Not only pass the part people agree on but make it a law immediately. The current health care plans don't take effect till 2013. 4 years? Is it really that critical to fix that nothing will take place for 4 years? After you pass what you agree on ( and enact it ) then work out the rest and pass it and enact it. Why does it have to be EVERYTHING or nothing but in 4 years? It shows it's more political than them actually caring. 2013 is after the next election. Coincidence? pass health care reform and stop delaying.