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

Baucus plan draws lukewarm reax from Grassley


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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.

Filed under: Charles Grassley • Max Baucus
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. southerncousin

    No tort reform mentioned. No tort reform mentioned. That might help, but would make a the trial lawyers, the big liberal contributors, mad. They are not going to make them mad, the libs would rather those of us who actually work pay the increased taxes to support the lazy, dope smokers they represent. That is until the pass the cap and trade, and put us all out of work. Then Waxman and Boxer can probably win a phony Nobel prize like Al Gore did.

    September 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  2. glenda

    This is a joke, right.

    September 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Obama 2.0

    Grassley How??? Move on without the GOPers!

    September 8, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. a health economist

    Intitially I had high hopes that Grassley could help push through a bipartisan plan that might actually do some good, unlike what the far left or right want to do (which would amount to little help to making things worse respectively). Unfortunately, after reading some of his comments he made during the August break to satisfy is conservative base I've put him in the far right group.

    September 8, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Bedtime for Obonzo

    $750-780 billion is still obscene in these times of deficits equal to 9% of GDP. All members of Congress should be required to take Accounting 101 and Economics 101.

    September 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  6. Karol

    The Republicans aren't going to compromise on ANY Democratic plan. It's time to move forward without them.

    September 8, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  7. John, Brooklyn, New York

    The bottom line isn't the bottom line, so to speak, for Grassley. The very notion that healthcare reform and providing care for uninsured will inconvenience his insurance lobby cronies in the slightest, Grassley will oppose it.

    September 8, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Stuffit

    18 pages is much more palatable than 1,067! I didn't have time to give a full read, only a cursory review. I see they've singled out smokers as being eligible for higher rates, but failed to mention alcoholics, junkies etc. I guess those are politically correct addictions. If smokers are going to have to pony up more for their insurance, then the Congress should make sure to expand the revenue sources for SCHIP. Smokers pay a heavy enough price. I smoke and have only visited the doctor once in the last 15 years (prior to that I was in the military and had compulsory annual check ups). I am far less a burden to my insurance carrier than most folks, yet I get to pay more for the same thing.

    Maybe I'll switch from cigs to cocaine or something! Or, I could just start drinking, that ought to save me a few bucks.

    September 8, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. jaye

    I wish the republicans would fade away...and take their idiotic ideas with them. Better yet, send them all to Iraq.

    September 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Dean

    Mr Baucus your plan stinks. What are you thinking if you charge the insurance companies a fee they will turn around and pass it right back to the consumer. Get your head out of your you know what and quit trying to appease the republicans.

    September 8, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. demo for obama

    senator bacaus has done all he can to come up with the cost of healthcare reform. Its down I do believe a hundred billion dollars. He has found ways to cut cost. If President Obama has to sign a co op bill so be it. Something is better then nothing. These repugs better get on board the our president. They have no answer, no solution, and no plan to solve healthcare. Put up or shut up Grassley along with your party of no

    September 8, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. AJ

    Grassley is a moron. Forget the meeting and schedule it for a vote!!

    September 8, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Mike

    To be quite honest, I don't know where Senator Max Baucus of Montana is going or doing and he is my Senator. If he backs off on the 'public option' in the new health care reform legislation bill. I, my family and friends, will 'not' be voting for Max the next time around. If you think, he sounds confused, think about us in Montana. Mike in Montana P.S.: The story around here is.., the big corporate 'greedy' health care medical insurance companies has gotten to Max. Sad.., but true. Well, sad for us and the nation.

    September 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Terri

    No mattter what the Democrats come up with, the republicans will never sign off on it because they are the party of NOOOOOOO!!!!!

    September 8, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Kimberly from Hawaii

    This plan looks way to complicated! it appears that too much money would be spent on administrative costs rather than medical services. We need to study plan that works, like the French or Canadian plans, and then implement the best parts of their plasn that have proven track records. Currently, the US spends 15.3% of our gross domsetic product on health care, but yet we rank 37th in the world in terms of overall performance (source: World health organization). France spend 11% of GDP, and they rank number one in overall care. The US is not the best health care in the world, unless of your ultra rich, thanks to the Republicans that say NO to any and all reform.

    September 8, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Richard Miller, billings, MT

    Max, if there is no public option, you will not get my vote again, ever.

    September 8, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. bozo the obama

    this is lose-lose problem for matter what, 2010 you lose big time.

    September 8, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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