September 28th, 2009
02:09 PM ET
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Baucus targeted by liberal groups in new ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Baucus is facing fire from liberal groups in a new ad."](CNN) - Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, is facing heightened criticism from members of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party over his panel's health reform bill that lacks the so called "public option" for health insurance.

In a new 60 second commercial that begins running Tuesday in Baucus' home state and in Washington, D.C., Montana farmer Bing Perrine urges Baucus to support a public option - something the senator has ruled out in a bid to gain bipartisan support for the measure. Perrine said that he faces more than $100,000 in medical bills because of heart problems.

The ad is being paid for by the two liberal advocacy organizations: Progressive Change Committee and Democracy for America.

The Montana Democrat has instead backed more limited health cooperatives, a move that so far has failed to attract any firm GOP support and has angered some members of his own party. Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have introduced an amendment to Baucus' bill that would add a public option. The amendment will be voted on as early as Tuesday in the Finance committee.

"Senator Baucus, when you take millions of dollars from health and insurance interests that oppose reform, and oppose giving families like mine the choice of a public option, I have to ask: 'Whose side are you on?'" Perrine, said in the new ad.

Progressive Change Committee and Democracy for America said they will initially spend $50,000 on the ad and hope to raise an additional $50,000 to keep it on the air.

Full Script after the jump:

BING: My name is Bing Perrine and I live here in Billings, Montana, with my beautiful wife and baby boy. Last June, I collapsed because of congenital heart problems. I need open-heart surgery, but I have no insurance and no company will insure me.

My friends and family have been a blessing. With hearts as big as a Montana sky, they have helped with bake sales and benefits. But my wife and I still owe over $100,000 in medical bills.

None of this debt would have piled up if I had the option of buying into a public health insurance plan.

Private insurance companies need competition. They profit by denying care to people like me.

Senator Baucus, when you take millions of dollars from health and insurance interests that oppose reform - and oppose giving families like mine the choice of a public option - I have to ask: whose side are you on?

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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. What have we come to?

    Read the Schumer and Rockefeller amendments, folks. If included as part of a passed Bill, Joe Wilson will have been right on......

    September 28, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  2. Death Assurance Companies

    We should march on these companies not the government.We need the option,not more corporate greed.

    September 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. GOPunk

    ILLEGALS should get HEALTH CARE.


    GOP never STOPPED illegals to get into US in the last 8 years.

    STOPPING illegal immigartion is NOT INHUMAN.

    STOPPING health care to illegals is INHUMAN.


    September 28, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Villifying the Insurance Companies will not work. Why? Because, aside form collecting premiums, they have also PAID THE BILLS in the vast majority of cases. Yes, insures need to compete....but amongst themselves in a larger freer market...NOT against a government program that has the deck stacked in its favor. Public Option = Me losing my choice to keep my insurance(which has worked GREAT for 40 years now) eventually.

    September 28, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. evman

    Attacking Baucus makes sense, he's a wolf in sheeps clothing. He has taken THREE MIILION DOLLARS from the Insurance industry to do their bidding. He's a traitor and bought and paid for. He should be outted for his tie ins with the Insurance industry, he basically works for them AGAINST the American people. What a loser.

    September 28, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Really

    People do not understand, the public option is not competition. The government option will easily destroy private insurance. They do not have to make any money and they could actually lose money for years. No private company has that luxury or could even compete against it.

    September 28, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. marty

    Let's see now, 1300 insurance companies in the U.S. , but 1 more(read government) will provide competition?? Why not just remove the state border barriers and let the 1300 actually compete equally? Or does that make too much sense?

    September 28, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  8. joe m

    i guess liberals also subscribe to the saying, "if you're not with us, then you're against us". it is surprising how liberal groups are now willing to target democrats and anyone else who stands in their way.

    September 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. JS007

    About time; sell-outs like Baucus need to know that they will be held accountable by the people. There is no reason to push the lame and ineffective co-op idea over the more efficient public option other than catering to the insurance companies. Even 50% of Republican voters support the public option so the fact that virtually no Republicans in Congress are likely to vote for it shows just how much sway the insurance companies have.

    A corrupt Democrat is no better than a corrupt Republican, and the likes of Baucus and the "blue dogs" better take notice.

    September 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Are the Democrats so bad at math that they don't realize that the Republicans can't stop anything. If this bill is so great why haven't the
    Democrats already passed it. Quit blaming the Republicans , the democrats have all the power.

    September 28, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    A situation like that of Bing Perrine would be avoided under Sen. Baucus's proposed health-care reform WITHOUT a public option.
    The television ad of the liberal Democrats is therefore specious and DECEPTIVE, not to use the L-word.
    You want me to be taxed to pay for your public-option health-care insurance.
    I want you to be taxed to pay for my champagne–no, Veuve Cliquot–and caviar.
    Why should you pay for my luxuries?
    Why should I pay for your health-care insurance?
    You want it, you pay for it.

    September 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    How about a "reverse trigger"?

    The very minute the so-called "public option" runs a single dime of deficit, the plug gets pulled?

    And so that no slight of hand takes place, word the legislation in such a way that it cannot be changed without an 80% majority in BOTH chambers.

    Do that, and it will be dead in year 1.

    September 28, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    If there is a Public Option, we should all quit our jobs. The Almighty Obamassiah will take care of us all!

    September 28, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Jake

    I can not believe anyone would think that our government could run an insurance program. The Baucus bill is the only thing that will pass, the Dems will not let anything else pass. There has to be something passed that can be changed in the near future that would include the Public option.

    September 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. party of five

    without a public option.... Health care reform is all smoke and mirrors. Insurance companies win. America loses. Have a nice day!

    September 28, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    The only people left who want the "public option" are losers who want someone else to pay their medical bills, and politicians who want those losers to vote for them. Sensible people have long since figured out that even if it were a good idea, which it isn't, the country can't afford another trillion-dollar welfare program for the indolent, irresponsible, and improvident.

    September 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm a 59-year old TAXPAYING American citizen, currently without insurance - as I have been for most of the last 10 years. At last try, the only insurance company willing to cover me wouldn't include my pre-existing conditions, had a minimum $5,000 deductable, and the monthly premium rivaled my mortgage.

    Private insurance companies somewhere along the line decided that they had to make ridiculous profits, rather like our oil companies, and found that by putting non-medical people in charge of deciding what was covered and what was not, they reduced their payouts. I'm not at all saying that insurance companies shouldn't make a profit, but looking at the differences of the profits they were making 10 years ago and today nearly made me throw up. They are, pure and simple, a monopoly that has gotten too powerful.

    A public option is the only answer. Only then will they actually face competition, and start putting out better products at a more reasonable cost. And only then will people like me not have to hope and pray that nothing serious happens between now and when I qualify for Medicare, and that Medicare will still be there when I need it!

    September 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  18. Truth time

    Its not Reform without a Strong Public option

    Its not Reform without a Strong Public Option

    Its not Reform without a Strong Public Option

    Dont let em fool ya......

    End the Great American Rip-Off........Demand a Strong Public Option

    End the Scam, End the Scam End the Scam

    September 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. dan hutton

    When you demand a public option, do you realize that your employer will immediately raise your health insurance premium so as to force you to the public option?
    Then you will become subject to government program, good or bad.

    September 28, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Gareth

    Health care, like education, is a right and not a privilege, although you'd think that both are privileges nowadays the way the health care and education systems pander to the upper class while screwing the middle and lower classes.

    September 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Howard

    So, it's bad to take money from insurance companies (that actually creat e jobs in the U.S.) but it is OK to take money from a Liberal Advocacy Organizations (that create nothing) from outside the state?

    September 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. Melissa

    Yes, give us a public option. Please. Good for the Dem groups. Enough of the Party of No.

    September 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Jeffrey

    Health insurance isn't a luxury. We've had enough of selfishness, greed, and oppression, and we're going to get this reform along with its public option.

    September 28, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  24. jon

    All developed countries have achieved affordable health care for their citizens thanks to a public plan. No one has done it with private industry. Need I say more?

    September 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Shirley Wood

    I have no use for a public option. President Obama and the democratic congress claim there are so many billions of dollars in fraud in medicare, how can we trust the government to run any health care program? That fraud and waste have been in medicare for a long time and congress has done nothing to correct it. I am sure that everyone knows someone or has someone in the own extended family that has or is abusing the system. We all know someone on disability who we see daily doing things that indicates that they could work. If it appears to be free, there will always be people who will take advantage of the rest of us.

    Just allow the insurance companies to compete across state lines, put a set of ground rules for them all to follow, reform torte laws with some caps.

    These and many other simple reforms have been proposed by the republicans but no one will even give them a hearing.


    Shirley Wood
    Kenosha, WI

    September 28, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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