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Does Max Baucus Represent Montana or Blue Cross?

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Posted on Sep 7, 2009
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After months of tedious wheeling and dealing (mostly dealing), Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., has finally unveiled his compromise health care proposal. To no one’s surprise, Baucus, who has raised millions from the health industry, has axed the public option in favor of nonprofit cooperatives.

The plan would put some restrictions on the insurance industry, but forcing Americans to buy their lousy product would more than offset those losses.

Read Chris Hedges’ “This Isn’t Reform, It’s Robbery” if you feel like getting mad about this. Also check out Bill Boyarsky’s heartbreaking update on the public option’s weakness.  —PS

Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Baucus’s plan requires most Americans to carry health insurance and gives tax credits to low- and middle-income people to help them buy it. But as expected, the proposal wouldn’t create the type of government-run health-insurance plan that President Barack Obama has pushed for. Instead, it would create new nonprofit health-insurance cooperatives to compete with private insurers, a compromise aimed at helping draw support from some Republicans and moderate Democrats.

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By sandy, October 1, 2009 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
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Baucus has collected $4M+ from the healthcare denial industry during his career. His chief health adviser, Eliz Fowler, is a former exec for insurance giant WellPoint. His previous chief health adviser, Michelle Easton, now lobbies for WellPoint. 

Martha - You claim to be against corporate toads in Congress… yet curiously you didn’t mention going after a single Repub, ALL of whom sell out their constituents.  It would be a bit naive to think you’re going to replace Boxer, for example, with someone more progressive.  Until we get stronger campaign financing reform, and until the courts stop viewing bribe$ as protected free speech, corporations will continue to influence or own completely (Baucus & Grassley) nearly all of Congress. Sincere people get tainted w/ money before they even get in.  NC just elected someone who ran on “change” and claimed she’d stand up to lobbyists, Sen Kay Hagan—but she’s already gotten more money from the healthcare industry than any other source…& she sided w/ conservatives/industry when she voted in committee. 

In addition to supporting progressive candidates, and making a public noise for progressive causes, we need to fight hard to change the system.

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By MarthaA, September 9, 2009 at 12:17 am Link to this comment

Max Baucus represents the Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMIST Republicans beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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By Rodger Lemonde, September 8, 2009 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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Why can’t we have a plan like this?

http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/

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By philbq, September 8, 2009 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Max Baucus, the Senator from Blue Cross, has floated the idea of healthcare co-ops as a diversion from a public plan. Here in Washington State, Group Health Cooperative has been in business for 60 years. But it is NOT cheaper than the for-profit healthcare insurance companies. All three (there are only three) are all the same price: EXPENSIVE!  So the co-op idea is not an answer to the need for affordable healthcare. It is the insurance companies and their agents trying to avoid a public healthcare plan.

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By nickmammano, September 8, 2009 at 6:06 am Link to this comment

And I’ll bet the private insurer’s lobbyists wrote his “legislativs proposal”.  Bribery—pure and simple.

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By jhm, September 8, 2009 at 3:48 am Link to this comment
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I would have said that the Senator was mostly “wheeling.”

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By MarthaA, September 7, 2009 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment

Voters can’t get Baucus until 2014, but here is a bunch that we can get in 2011 and by all means voters should take them down, the only two I consider somewhat worthy are Barbara Boxer and Russ Feingold, the rest of them are sell outs.
   
Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
Bennet, Michael F. (D-CO)
Boxer, Barbara (D-CA)
Burris, Roland W. (D-IL)
Dodd, Christopher J. (D-CT)
Dorgan, Byron L. (D-ND)
Feingold, Russell D. (D-WI)
Inouye, Daniel K. (D-HI)
Leahy, Patrick J. (D-VT)
Lincoln, Blanche L. (D-AR)
Mikulski, Barbara A. (D-MD)
Murray, Patty (D-WA)
Reid, Harry (D-NV)
Schumer, Charles E. (D-NY)
Specter, Arlen (D-PA)
Wyden, Ron (D-OR)

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/two_column_table/Class_III.htm

To get equilibrium, the cooperating against the population Democrats have to be removed.

It doesn’t matter with Republicans as the GOP Right-Wing Conservative EXTREMISTS lead the Republican Party and no matter who is elected they will have to follow the EXTREMIST GOP that never goes away; the only good thing I can see with voting all the Republicans out would be to get some new people in who possibly wouldn’t know the ropes as well, but as soon as they get adjusted, they will be the same as the other Conservative EXTREMISTS, following the GOP, other than that, the 70% Majority Common Population should only be concerned with a massive effort to reduce the Red Conservative Extremists in the Democratic Party, so that that donkey no longer has a Red Head.

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By G.Anderson, September 7, 2009 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment

Baucus, no it’s not a surprise. No public option, he runs a for profit senate seat.

That means, cashing in on sick people will continue, there’s a lot of money to be made, why screw it up with a public option?

Whoever he represents in Montana, and his pals at Double Cross, have decided for us, even though there are far less of them, than Los Angeles where I live.

I doubt if there are as many people in Montana as in my neighbor hood.

Out in the the hillls, you have to exploit the enviornment to make a living, not protect it, and you have eat lots of red meat, and if that gives people heart disease, well then too bad. It’s a different philosophy, than in town.

Someone might as well make a buck off of sick people with heart disease, no one forces them to eat barbeque.

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By Rodger Lemonde, September 7, 2009 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

EVIL no other explanation or comment needed.

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By bane-richter, September 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

He had Doctors arrested for uttering the solution: “Single Payer” Baucus is way bought off - big amounts of kickback from big Health Inc. What we have here is the classic case of a bought and sold stooge, brought in from a relatively rural area to symbolically lead and derail any threat to corporate profit. The SOB should be promptly expelled for his corruption.

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By bane-richter, September 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

He had people arrested for uttering the solution: “Single Payer” Baucus is way bought off - big amounts of kickback from big Health Inc. What we have here is the classic case of a bought and sold stooge, brought in from a relatively rural area to symbolically lead and derail any threat to corporate profit. The SOB should be promptly expelled for his corruption.

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By Bud, September 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment
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Baucus,Grassely,Ben Nelson!!I wouldn’t piss down their throats if their guts were on fire.

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By Druthers, September 7, 2009 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

I doubt that Bacus has been doing much of anything.  The end result was decided in advance and the wheeling and dealing was a subterfuge to pass the time.
This non-profit co-op is not even a good con scheme.
His proposals are more like the tonic that traveling charletans used to sell before they got tarred and featherd run out of town on a rail.
A real clown, a highly paid clown. One of those people, who if you want to see him, you have to go to hell.

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