Baucus Introduces Health Care Bill

As expected, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) introduced his health care reform bill today after months of negotiating with three Democrats and three Republicans on his committee, dubbed the Gang of Six. “This is a unique moment in history where we can finally reach an objective so many of us have sought for… Read more »

Under Deadline, Baucus Plan Has New Details

UPDATE: Here is the Baucus document With roughly 36 hours until the President addresses a joint session of Congress to outline his health care proposal, Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) has circulated an outline of a compromise bill to the “Group of Six” that could eventually come before the entire committee for a… Read more »

Breaking: House Compromises, Finance Scores

Update: After protests by some of the Energy & Commerce Committee’s liberal members forced a cancellation of Wednesday’s mark-up, chair Henry Waxman has rescheduled the mark-up for Thursday.  This was after a lengthy session reviewing the proposed changes to the bill with committee members. Two major stories on health care broke this afternoon from both… Read more »

No Public Plan or Mandate in Finance Bill

Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) emerged from a bipartisan conference yesterday to confirm that the Senate Finance Committee negotiators will not include two major components of the Democratic health care plan in their bill: the creation of a government-run insurance company (“public plan”) nor a requirement that all employers provide their employees with health care coverage…. Read more »