September 16th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
11 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. robc

    Once again no republicans. Do people still think they want to help average Americans. I hope not. Baucus dropped the price tag and the public option, still no republicans. Screw them, let's use Obamas outline with the public option and get this thing passed. The republicans just want to kill the whole process. After extending your hand for awhile the arm gets tired.

    September 16, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Dr. Doom

    I feel ill! No "public option" = no reform. Lobbyists won this round.

    September 16, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    When will they slip in the wording, sent by Peter Orszag to Nancy Pelosi on July 27, that creates Obama's "Independent Medicare Advisory Council?"

    This council will pull the plug on grandma to pay for this "reform."

    It is so cute that the various self-proclaimed truth-finders say there is no such language in the bill. Of course not – it's still sitting on Pelosi's desk!

    September 16, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    No public option? I'm on board. The last thing we need is another unfunded and unfundable entitlement program.

    September 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Sam Sixpack

    If you don't have a problem with the ongoing ACORN news blackout, then you'll have no problem when they pull the plug on grandma.

    September 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    I really think that Baucus tried and has the beginning of something that may meet the problem. Unfortunately, the lack of leadership and smarts in the crafting of the bill has left such bad taste in everyones mouth, it will be a difficult sell on either side. But at least Senator Baucus tried rather than just ramming something that will cost taxpayers a lot more down our throats like that botox queen Pelosi did.

    September 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Lia, denver

    No public option, no real health care bill. The Democrats are such whips. They make compromises with Republicans, they create a weak bill (SINGLE PAYER is what 99% of ALL democracies in the world have, and I have actually lived in couple of them), and they WILL NOT GET Republican support for the bill NO MATTER WHAT. Republicans exist only to contribute to the failure of the Democrats. So why shouldn't Democrats just ignore the annoying noise from the Right and just move ahead and create a REAL health care bill? All the Republicans' objections to the health care reform were PURE lies.

    September 16, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Obama worst president EVER

    Put it back under wraps. No thanks.

    September 16, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Ada

    I personally feel President Carter is speaking the truth. He is telling it just as he sees it without fear of backlach from anyone. He is not afraid to tell the truth. All of the tea paty uproar is solely racial related. I know President Bush was talked about but he was not put on signs with his face painted the way the tea party has displayed President Obama. I think it should be stopped. All we have growing out this tea party is a want a be linch mob.

    September 16, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. No Public Option=Blackwater Reform Inc.

    Its not reform ......if there's no public option.

    Co-ops are shell games, thrown to the ignorant.

    They Insurance Empire gonna keep Grandma's Chemo money.......cause they can.

    September 16, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. S Callahana NYS

    No matter what way one looks at the health care debate..the essence is ...we have to have a HEALTH CARE PLAN that is viable and affordable for the people of this country.
    From what I read so far about this plan, in consideration there will be tweets and some corrections and clarifcations, I don't think it's off track. It's a frame to begin real work with....not all of you blabber mouths that want to prolong this just need to do some reading, make your notes, get your debate in order and get to work!

    September 16, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Dave

    Health care reform requiring health insurance, but without the public option, would be nothing but an excuse for rich insurance companies to rob the rest of us blind. They say competition will prevent that. But they've been saying that for years and it never works. They say they're putting in safegaurds to prevent that. But you know the insurance companies already have their lawyers looking for loopholes. A public option would make the insurance companies honest – and that's why they (and the Republicans they've bought off) are so opposed to it. Some opponents of the public option say they don't trust the government, and neither do I. But I trust insurance companies even less.

    September 16, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. KM

    My motto: "If you want it done right, go ahead and do it yourself."

    September 16, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. Zion

    There is not public option in this bill, where is the GOP support? Crickets...........

    September 16, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  15. T-man

    Sen. Baucus has sold out to the Insurance companies.The $3 million in lobby money to his re-election has killed the public option. We pay for Congresses Health care plan with our tax dollars, but we can't have the same. Man up Baccus.

    September 16, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Steve

    I still can't believe that we are actually considering taking over $500 billion dollars away from needy senior citizens through their medicare payments, to give to people who are fully capable of working and paying for their own health insurance. Grandma and Grandpa have worked thier whole lives and paid into this system so they can be taken care of when they are old and retired, but now we have a president who says that money spent on medicare is wasteful spending. I thought this was america? What is our president doing? And now if we disagree with him we are racist? When is this nightmare going to be over?

    September 16, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. LacrosseMom

    Yes, yes, but his proposal is pandering to the healthcare corporations.

    September 16, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    You know I hate to see the "socialism" label thrown around, but when you propose to have the government "fine" people for not playing its game, you're bloody right on the verge there.....

    September 16, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. Dean

    From what was leaked about it last night it is a joke. NO PUBLIC OPTION yet mandates everyone to buy health insurance. No I'm afraid not boys try again

    September 16, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. DJ

    Are the non-profits run by insurance industry lobbyists? How much money did Baucaus and the other Gang of 6 get from the lobbyists?

    September 16, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Lila

    Hey Repubs, where's YOUR bill?

    September 16, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Reagan was wrong

    What's this employee of WellPoint doing writing legislation?

    September 16, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Walter

    So you sold out your party's President, your party's core constituency, and you got no Republican votes in return!

    Time for you to stand aside, Senator Baucus, and let the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party work with the problem. Vote for it when the time comes, or don't. Just don't support a filibuster.

    September 16, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. kim

    All I need to know is that there is no public option, Which makes It trash as far as im concerned.

    September 16, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  25. katiec

    Long awaited. By who??
    Baucus has been pushing the unworkable, unproven co-ops for months. Which will ultimately give power to the insurance companies with it's failure.
    Wonder if Baucus's over $4 MILLION in donations from the health care entities has anything with his not supporting Public Option??
    The man is a typical big business, hypocritical republican.

    September 16, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
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