Baucus Bill Lands With a Whimper
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Sen. Max Baucus bent over backward to please Republicans with his insurance-friendly vision of health care reform, which forces everyone to buy private insurance and has no public option, but the very Republicans he negotiated with now won’t have anything to do with the bill.
They’re not alone. The Atlantic runs through a list of the major players and finds that “the Gang of Six appears to have dwindled to a Wolfpack of One.”
Baucus’ bill is more of a negotiating position than the final word. Whatever legislation emerges will be an amalgam of the various proposals in the House and Senate. We can only hope that it is not a Frankenstein monster of compromise—a Baucus bill on a grander scale. —PS
Links: The New York Times breaks down the Baucus bill / The Atlantic sums up the discontent / Read the Chairman’s Mark
Sen. Max Baucus’ (left) eagerness to please his Republican colleagues bogged down health care reform in the Senate for months. Republicans involved in negotiations, including Chuck Grassley (right), still won’t support the bill.