September 8th, 2009
01:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Baucus plan draws lukewarm reax from Grassley

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Democratic sources say Baucus will likely make that decision before the president's speech tomorrow night.
Democratic sources say Baucus will likely make that decision before the president's speech tomorrow night.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A copy of the 18-page health care proposal from Sen. Max Baucus, obtained by CNN from both a Democratic and Republican source, reveals more detail about the Finance Committee chairman's proposal.

Read the plan full here (pdf)

A source close to Republican Sen. Grassley tells CNN that in addition to the problem he has with the fee on insurance companies, a concern he expressed on CNN this morning, he also does not like the overall price tag, which he thinks will be about $880 billion. The Iowa senator had been hoping for something in the $750-$780 billion ballpark.

Democratic sources tell us that Baucus will use today's 2:30 pm ET meeting to gauge whether he can get a deal with the Republicans in the so-called "Gang of Six," especially Grassley and Sen. Mike Enzi, or whether he will have to move on and schedule a Finance Committee markup without a bipartisan agreement.

Democratic sources say Baucus will likely make that decision before the president's speech tomorrow night.


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