September 16th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
13 years ago

Key senator unveils long-awaited health-care proposal

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" Sen. Max Baucus will reveal his panel's compromise health care reform plan on Wednesday."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled a summary of his long-awaited health-care plan Wednesday, setting the stage for a legislative showdown on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.

The bill, crafted by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, would cost $856 billion over 10 years and mandate insurance coverage for every American.

In a written statement, Baucus claimed the bill - released with no Republican support - would not add to the federal deficit.

The measure drops the public-health-insurance option favored by Obama and many Democratic leaders, according to the summary. As expected, the plan instead calls for the creation of non-profit health-care cooperatives.

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  1. Cindy

    No Republican support, as usual.

    Democrats are trying to craft a compromise Healthcare bill. Republicans are simply trying to wittle it down til it's meaningless.

    As usual... Republicans playing games on the Hill. I am thoroughly disgusted.

    September 16, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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