September 9th, 2009
11:54 AM ET
13 years ago

Baucus to make major announcement just after noon

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Two Democratic sources tell CNN that Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus will make a significant announcement about the process and timetable for moving his health care plan forward at 12:15 pm.

UPDATE: Baucus came out of a closed meeting with all Democrats on the Finance Committee and said that he plans to formally unveil the committee's health care bill next week, and will set a markup for the following week - and that he plans to move forward, with or without Republicans.

Baucus said Republicans have had a lot of input, and that he will keep working with them through next week and during the markup to offer their ideas. But the announcement seems to signal there is no guarantee he will get Republican votes, or the bipartisan bill he's worked on for months.

The Gang of Six still plans to meet with Republicans this afternoon.

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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. victim of republican greed

    So now the repubicans are learning that Americans are not buying their anti health reform crap, and they have to come up with an idea that will protect the health insurance industry. It appears that they are going to ensure there will be no health refrom with their plan.

    September 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. MLH

    Thank you Senator for a bill that means other people's children still aren't covered. But your family will be fine. Nice work. Can't thank you enough.

    Here's the deal. If your kid has epilepsy and is unable to get a job that offers medical, his uncontrolled seizures mean he has trouble working any job at all. There's lost tax revenue. If he has a seizure that lands him in the ER, he can't pay because he doesn't have a job. That's money the hospital makes up for by passing those costs on to paying customers. Then, if one of those seizures renders him incapable of working, he applies for disability. There's more money lost. All for the cost of a regular check up and meds. We need a public option.

    September 9, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Mississippi Mike

    I can't wait to hear how he plans on penalizing anyone who can't afford healthcare $3,800. That'll go over well with the poor and the elderly. This just keeps getting worse and worse.

    September 9, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. No health care plan

    It will be sad if health care plan ever succeed because the Hospitals and the DR's office are always full of welfare lazy people. They don't have to worry about going to work they've got pay to stay home and go to the DR and hospital for free. We're the workers won't have a chance to go to the DR because their schedule always full with the lazy people. Maybe that's what Palin meant by "Death panels".

    September 9, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    So now what, liberals? Sen Baccus just announced a public option will NOT pass the Senate! Time to move on! I guess you can blame Bush!

    September 9, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Jane

    I suspect Sen Baucus & his "gang will look out for the interests of keeping those campaign $$ flowing from the Health care lobby before they actually look out for the people who voted them into office.


    September 9, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. center left

    Progressive can't complain what do you expect when you give small state Blue Dogs Dems committee leadership. Slow growth.

    September 9, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Caesar the Great

    This is at least a start. I dont agree with all of these proposals but they at least make sense. I really hope his plan doesnt just get thrown away for the all important Public Plan that wouldnt pass anyways. Small steps can take you a mile, but you cant make the mile if you dont start somewhere.

    September 9, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. SKS in Michigan

    Since when Gov. Palin -Ex Gov. Palin- started writing op-eds! She can't understand a single issue her 'hangers-ons' are writing for her. Shame on NYT to lower its standard to the level where Palin can write a piece – she who is incapable of understanding anything more complex on paper than a restaurant menu!

    September 9, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    What I don't understand is this. Most of Obama's backers rely on medicare or medicaid. Some on plain welfare. Obama's plan destroys this system. You will be the major people that gets hurt. Do you not have gumption enough to see it. Obama is not a great man.

    September 9, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. bella

    Move forward, Democrats! The Republicans will NEVER get on board, so get the bill written, and vote it into law. Have President Obama sign it, and say Hurray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE CHANCE TO BE ALIVE THANKS TO THE PASSAGE OF THIS BILL!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. ETM

    Health care is a human right, not a commodity. If Baucus is with almost all other Democrats on this issue and presents a good plan, then the final compromise will be a very good, if not great, law.

    As for those of you discussing 2010 or 2012, with the passage of a good health care bill, Democrats will do well in 2010 and Obama will easily win reelection in 2012–in a landslide if the Republicans are really stupid enough to run Caribou Barbie against him.

    September 9, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. James Michael Roberson

    We need health care reform with or without the republicans!!!!

    September 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Crazy ass human being

    I sure if Obama started another war you morons would agree 100% with it. After 8 years of fear mongering Bush & Cheney you have been brainwashed to fear everything. We are reinventing the wheel here- 37 countries have health care- -including IRAQ and Afghanistan (which we pay for). But just ask that we don't let our insurance companies drain us dry for health care? OHHHH NOOO can't have that.

    September 9, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. Linda

    We need change in the health care system. Rationing is already taking place wether you want to believe it or not. I don't really know which would be better, however, I believe if we continue to leave it up to the health insurance industry, we will continue to have a broken system that insures only the healthy or very wealthy and again the middle class will be left to fend for themselves. I do like the comment about changes with tax credit for those that can't afford it, take out the pre existing condition denial on all insurers and allow to purchase across state lines. However, on tort reform, who will decide what is frivolous? I do think there are some cut and dry cases that wouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure it doesn't have merit.

    Leaving things as they are is not the answer. It is a horrible state that we are at the bottom of the barrel for health quality of the industrialized nations. We should be ashamed that we allow so many to go uncared for in this country.

    September 9, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Dennis, Toronto

    I just read an interesting column written by the famous Ed Rollins (Republican supporter) quoted "I have never heard of many people living in Detroit racing across the border to get treated in the Canadian system. The reverse is certainly true.orter".

    What an idiot!! Why would any Canadian want to go to Detroit for health-care. Americans would not come to Canada for their healthcare because they are not covered here and would have to pay for it just as they do in the USA.

    Mr Rollins what is interesting is that many Americans take advantage of our much much lower cost for MEDICATION eith by sourcing thru the internet or in person. For your information many public organizations (city governments unions etc) also yake advantage of our lower costs!!

    September 9, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. get it done

    don't waste this time, finish up

    September 9, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Rick in OP


    Baucus has just announced that there is no way the public option can be passed in the Senate.

    September 9, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Lloyd Great Falls MT

    Keep in mind that the largest contributor to his last re-election was blue shield blue cross. I know that blue shield blue cross has over 80% the medical insurance business in Montana. No public option
    means nothing changes.

    Real change is not possible without competition. Let the public option
    drive down the premium prices.

    September 9, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Obama Victim

    no public option..................YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS

    September 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Gollum69

    I don't even care much about the public option. But insurance companies have been running riot with people's lives for years with no accountability. They sit in their boardrooms and decide who to give coverage and who to deny claims. It's about time they're honest and held accountable for their actions. I'm not hearing Republicans talking about that issue. I'm no Democrat either, but something is very fishy when most Republicans don't want a public option. It means you obviously have something to hide. And don't tell me about cost, your stinking Iraq war got us into this mess in the first place!!

    September 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Alfred E. Neumann

    A significant announcement – translation: we'll get together again on this next week!

    September 9, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Joey Fritts

    All that needs to be done to have a national health plan is to drop the medicare eligibility age. Medicare is a voluntary plan that most every individual over 65 years of age participates.
    It seems that most of these folks who are so against a health care plan are the very people who are covered and use medicare, a voluntary government health care plan. Why don't these folks get out of Medicare and buy in the private market?
    Strange as it may seem, the Republicans in Congress don't mind their government run plan. Most of them haven't drawn a paycheck from the private sector in years. Why do they begrudge me the same consideration?

    September 9, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  24. Joey Fritts

    I keep hearing my Texas Senators and Congress members complaining about the "government takeover" of health care. Why do they think so little of me that they don't want to help me, a small business person? It's because they clearly care more about the big business that supports their keeping of their job.

    September 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  25. Rick

    Anyone know where I can find a copy of the Baucus health care proposal?

    September 9, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
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