Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, left, chats up ranking member Chuck Grassley. Both have taken millions in donations from the health care industry and are trying to cut a health care reform bill that won’t include a public option.
Looks like the insurance companies are getting what they’ve paid for in the U.S. Congress. The Senate Finance Committee is closer to a deal with Republicans, which means no public health care option. The Blue Dogs, meanwhile, are still nipping at the heels of House Democrats.
Reuters via New York Times:
The Senate Finance negotiations have zeroed in on a plan that would use non-profit cooperatives to compete with private insurers to drive down costs, members say, not the public plan favoured by Obama and many Democrats.
The panel also is likely to back a tax on high-cost insurance policies to try to raise revenue and keep costs down.