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  • Suspicious package found at Sen. Baucus' office

    12/16/2009 12:44:48 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 48 replies · 1,623+ views
    AP Google ^ | Dec 16, 2009
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating a suspicious package with a powdery substance that was found at the office of Sen. Max Baucus. The Montana Democrat is chairman of the Finance Committee and a leader in the Senate's health care debate. Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider said there were no reports of illness. Schneider said the substance is being tested. An Associated Press photographer at the scene, in the Hart Senate Office Building, heard officers say there was a threatening note with the package. Schneider would not confirm there was a note.
  • Why Democrats push health care, even if it kills them

    12/15/2009 8:27:17 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 41 replies · 1,859+ views
    The Washington DC Examiner ^ | December 15, 2009 | Byron York
    To some observers, the Democrats' race to pass national health care seems irrational -- even suicidal. Don't party leaders understand how much the public opposes the bills currently on the table? Don't they know that voters are likely to take their revenge at the polls next year? Given that, why do they keep rushing ahead? Just look at the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which shows that Americans oppose the national health care bills currently on the table by a margin of 53 percent to 38 percent. That's not just one poll that might tilt right or left, it's an average...
  • Baucus' Ex-Wife Once Defended Anita Hill Against 'Thug' Senators

    12/12/2009 7:14:28 PM PST · by Steelfish · 11 replies · 1,065+ views
    FoxNews ^ | December 12th 2009
    December 12, 2009 Baucus' Ex-Wife Once Defended Anita Hill Against 'Thug' Senators Wanda Baucus, dragged into the spotlight by the revelation that her divorce from Sen. Max Baucus of Montana may have been plotted partly by his staffer-turned-girlfriend, once spoke out on behalf of Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas' contentious Supreme Court confirmation hearings Wendy Baucus said at the time that Hill had suffered at the hands of senators acting like "a bunch of thugs." Now Wendy Baucus is suffering at the hand of her ex-husband, after a Lee Newspapers report on billing documents that show Sen. Baucus' former state...
  • Which Prostitution Scandal Is Worse, Tiger Woods or Max Baucus? (Max used taxpayer loot)

    12/12/2009 6:47:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1,287+ views
    Rush Limbaugh .com ^ | 12/11/09 | The Maha
    Which Prostitution Scandal Is Worse, Tiger Woods or Max Baucus?December 11, 2009 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, Tiger Woods. New York Daily News today. It actually looks like an AP story: "Tiger Woods was into threesomes and shelled out more than $60,000 to cat around with high-priced hookers, a Hollywood madam claimed Thursday. 'One of his favorites was Loredana Jolie,' Michelle Braun told the Daily News, describing the gorgeous blond as a Playboy model from Sicily who's been living in New York since age 14. 'She's a stunning girl,' said Braun," who I guess is the madam here. "'He went out...
  • Pics of Max Baucus Girlfriend, Melodee Hanes

    12/07/2009 1:01:19 PM PST · by pissant · 42 replies · 3,201+ views
    various | 12/7/09 | staff
    Looks like Larry Craig in a wig.
  • Report: Baucus' Girlfriend Worked on His Divorce While on His Staff ($14,000 raise for her)

    12/11/2009 2:16:16 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 10 replies · 719+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 12/11/2009 | Staff
    The last person to know that Sen. Max Baucus wanted a divorce may have been his wife of 25 years. It appears that Wanda Baucus was in the dark even as a member of Baucus' staff -- Melodee Hanes, the woman who is now his live-in girlfriend -- was plotting out the senator's life without a wife. Hanes, Baucus' former state director, reportedly met at least twice with the Montana Democrat's divorce attorney eight months before the senator and his wife separated. That revelation, reported by Lee Newspapers on Thursday, adds a twist of intrigue to a story that broke...
  • Max Baucus gave girlfriend $14K raise, taxpayer funded trips

    12/11/2009 4:47:55 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 13 replies · 883+ views
    The Politico ^ | 12/11/2009 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, gave a nearly $14,000 pay raise to a female staffer in 2008, at the time he was becoming romantically involved with her, and later that year took her on a taxpayer-funded trip to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, though foreign policy was not her specialty.
  • President Obama Again Violates No Abortion Funds Pledge by Backing Senate Bill

    12/07/2009 4:06:44 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies · 369+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/7/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- President Barack Obama told the American people in a national speech in September that "my" health care plan would not include taxpayer funding of abortion. Obama broke that pledge once by lobbying members of the House to support a pro-abortion funding bill and he did it again this weekend in the Senate. Obama met with Senate Democrats in a closed door session on Sunday and told them to support the Harry Reid-sponsored bill that includes massive abortion funding and could force insurance companies to cover abortions with taxpayer's premiums.Although the media wasn't allowed into the...
  • Baucus took girlfriend on taxpayer-funded junkets in 2008

    12/07/2009 12:05:46 PM PST · by opentalk · 16 replies · 720+ views
    Hot Air ^ | December 7, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    What would a “state director” have to do with overseas Senate junkets? It apparently helps if the state director is dating the Senator who takes the junket. The Hill reports that Melodee Hanes, Max Baucus’ girlfriend and his state director, traveled with Baucus on taxpayer funds to the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam in 2008, just before Baucus nominated her to be a US Attorney (via Libertarian Republican): Former U.S. attorney nominee Melodee Hanes traveled abroad with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and six other staff members twice at the end of 2008, both times as a member of the lawmaker’s...
  • DFU SONG - Christmas 2009: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (I saw Max Baucus...)

    12/07/2009 3:10:24 PM PST · by doug from upland · 2 replies · 455+ views
    DFU news of the day in song ^ | 12-09 | Lyrics, DFU
    MIDI - I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS - 2nd version) I caught Maxie doing Melodee in the staffer's office late one night He had a lot of fun...oh, that old sonofagun But now the story's out there and the facts have come to light Yes, I caught Maxie doing Melodee...he had such a big smile on his face Because he is a Democrat, well, this stuff is old hat I saw Maxie doing Melodee I caught Maxie doing Melodee...then she's nominated for the job But take this to the bank...she's not shared with Barney Frank There isn't a...
  • GOP senators warn of more abortion fights in spending bills

    12/07/2009 2:27:54 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 353+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/07/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Republican senators put Democratic leaders on notice Monday that they'll expand the chamber's abortion battles to appropriations bills. 35 GOP senators, led by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to notify him that they would not allow FY2010 Financial Services and State/Foreign Operations appropriations bills to move forward in the Senate unless subsidies for coverage of abortion services are eliminated from the bills. "We have grave concerns regarding the exclusion of longstanding funding limitations on abortion in the various appropriations bills that are currently before Congress," the senators said. "We cannot, in good conscience, allow these...
  • Hanes traveled abroad with Baucus twice in '08

    12/07/2009 12:13:29 PM PST · by freespirited · 15 replies · 844+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/09 | Tony Romm
    Former U.S. attorney nominee Melodee Hanes traveled abroad with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and six other staff members twice at the end of 2008, both times as a member of the lawmaker's office. Those two trips -- to the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam -- occurred while Hanes was serving in an official capacity as the state director for the Montana Democrat, but before Baucus recommended her for an attorney position she later turned down. Joining Baucus on both stops, which featured discussions about international trade and education opportunities, were William Dauster, a staff director for the Senate Finance Committee;...
  • Sen Baucus' Girl Friend Made >$100K/ Year

    12/07/2009 11:08:35 AM PST · by llevrok · 36 replies · 1,139+ views
    Legistorm.Com ^ | 12/7/09 | me
    Not bad, for a home office staffer....
  • Mayo Trustee Daschle in Health Reform Negotiation

    12/06/2009 3:14:16 PM PST · by Son House · 15 replies · 914+ views
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 12/5/2009 | By Erica Werner
    Look who's at the health care negotiating table -- Tom Daschle. The former Senate Democratic leader's nomination as health and human services secretary was derailed over a back taxes flap earlier this year. But that's not stopping Daschle, a close ally of President Barack Obama, from playing a significant role in Capitol Hill health care talks -- much as he'd be doing if he'd actually gotten the job. The outsized role is unusual for someone who's an adviser to lobbying firms, especially given Obama's campaign vow to change business as usual in Washington. Daschle was in a strategy meeting earlier...
  • Baucus defends seeking appointment for girlfriend

    12/05/2009 4:24:42 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 12 replies · 763+ views
    Washibgton Examiner ^ | December 5, 2009 | Susan Ferrechio
    Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., issued a statement Saturday regarding the revelation that he had nominated his girlfriend for the job of top federal prosecutor in Montana. Baucus disputed reports that he was having an affair with Melodee Hanes, saying he and Hanes were both separated from their spouses when their relationship began
  • The Baucus Affair: That's their story and they're sticking to it

    12/05/2009 4:24:38 PM PST · by gusopol3 · 3 replies · 549+ views
    Washibgton Examiner ^ | December 5, 2009 | Mark Hemingway
    “She was recommended for the [U.S. attorney] position because of a very close and personal relationship with Max Baucus and she withdrew because of a very close and personal relationship with Max Baucus,” Thomas Bennett, the ex-husband of Hanes, told Main Justice
  • RNC wants Ethics committee investigation into Baucus

    12/05/2009 3:19:57 PM PST · by FromLori · 11 replies · 619+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/5/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Republicans seized on revelations that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) nominated his girlfriend to a U.S. attorney position, calling for a Senate Ethics Committee investigation. Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele called for an official investigation into Baucus, who allegedly flagged Justice Department lawyer Melodee Hanes for a U.S. attorney nomination while engaging in a romantic relationship with her. Hanes eventually withdrew her name from consideration. "Today's report that Senator Max Baucus used his Senate office to advance a taxpayer funded appointment for his staff-member girlfriend raises a whole host of ethical questions," Steele said in a statement. "This issue...
  • BUSTED: Senator Max Baucus Caught Nominating His Mistress To US Attorney

    12/05/2009 11:19:19 AM PST · by FromLori · 49 replies · 1,973+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 12/5/09 | Joe Weisenthal
    We're guessing the Baucus Plan is toast now. ----- AP: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was romantically involved with his current girlfriend when he recommended her for U.S. attorney, a spokesman said. The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008, after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told The Associated Press late Friday. Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in Montana in March. But she later withdrew, saying she had been presented with other opportunities she couldn't pass up. Don't miss: Everything you need to...
  • Comcast CEO endorses Senate health bill

    12/05/2009 11:12:49 AM PST · by Maelstorm · 45 replies · 1,743+ views
    http://www.politico.com ^ | December 03, 2009 | Carrie Budoff Brown
    The chairman of Comcast endorsed the Senate health care bill in a letter Thursday to President Barack Obama, saying, "We cannot allow perfection to stand in the way of critically needed and very good legislation." "While there has been much controversy and debate over hundreds of provisions and alternatives, it is my view that the current legislation pending in the Senate provides a workable framework for this country to take an important step toward enhancing health care accessibility, promoting operational efficiencies and technological innovation, and reducing the cost of health care and the federal deficit," CEO and Chairman Brian Roberts...
  • (D-MT) Baucus nominated girlfriend for U.S. Attorney job (nothing to see here folks)

    12/05/2009 8:12:32 AM PST · by markomalley · 27 replies · 1,296+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/5/2009 | Manu Raju
    Max Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, recommended that the White House nominate his girlfriend as a U.S. attorney in Montana, his office announced late Friday night. Earlier this year, Baucus recommended that the White House consider Melodee Hanes and two other names for the U.S. attorney post – at the same time that the senator was carrying on a romantic relationship with Hanes, who had been his state director. Baucus was separated with his wife at the time when the two began their involvement, according to a source familiar with the situation, and now the two are...
  • Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney

    12/05/2009 3:10:00 AM PST · by Zakeet · 89 replies · 4,759+ views
    Fox News ^ | November 5, 2009
    A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says the Montana Democrat was in a romantic relationship with the woman he nominated for U.S. attorney. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus was already involved with his girlfriend and former staffer when he recommended her earlier this year to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana, a spokesman said. The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008, after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told The Associated Press late Friday. Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in...
  • Add Senator Max Baucus and Rep. Bennie Thompson to Democrats' ethics heap

    12/05/2009 12:00:36 AM PST · by Outside da Box · 6 replies · 745+ views
    The Politico ^ | December 4, 2009 | Manu Raju
    So Senator Baucus is nominating his girlfriend for U.S. Attorney jobs, while she was on his staff: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1209/30228.html While Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson is holding hearings to get money from the credit card industry (according to his own former staffer): http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/04/AR2009120402256.html?hpid=topnews
  • Baucus Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Attorney

    12/04/2009 7:51:21 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 49 replies · 2,401+ views
    Roll Call ^ | December 4, 2009 | John Stanton
    Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus’ office confirmed late Friday night that the Montana Democrat was carrying on an extramarital affair with his state office director, Melodee Hanes, when he nominated her to be U.S. attorney in Montana. According to a source familiar with their relationship, Hanes and Baucus began their relationship in the summer of 2008 – nearly a year before Baucus and his wife, Wanda, formally separated in April. The Senator has since divorced his wife. Hanes ended her employment with Baucus in the spring of this year. Hanes, who is divorced and now lives with Baucus in the...
  • At least one Democrat gets it on health bill costs (Admits $1T - $2.5T)

    12/03/2009 7:35:18 AM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies · 680+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 12/2/2009 | Kyle Wingfield
    From the Senate Republicans’ Web site: SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “Just for a second — health care reform, whether you use a ten-year number or when you start in 2010 or start in 2014, wherever you start at, so it is still either $1 trillion or it’s $2.5 Trillion, depending on where you start…” (Sen. Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/2/09) This is, of course, what opponents of the various Democratic bills have been pointing out all along: Starting the new taxes a few years before the benefits begin is the only way these bills get a cost estimate of “just” $1...
  • Baucus Approval Rating Dips in New Poll

    11/16/2009 8:58:42 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies · 1,326+ views
    U.S. Sen. Max Baucus' approval rating is taking a dip following a high profile push for health care reform. A survey released Monday shows that just 44 percent approve of the job performance ... That is down from two years ago when the same Montana State University-Billings poll showed Baucus with a 64 percent approval rating. The poll also found that a vast majority support the hunting of wolves in the state — and that most oppose any effort to legalize marijuana in the state.
  • Sarah Palin: Pelosi "Health Plan" Could Fine You $250,000 & 5 Years In Jail

    11/12/2009 11:20:24 AM PST · by MaxCUA · 13 replies · 973+ views
    Pelosi Bill - page 297 of bill explains the punishment for not purchasing government mandated health insurance. If you don’t buy what the government considers “acceptable health care coverage,” you’re going to be hit with a tax of at least 2.5% of your income. And if you don’t pay that new tax, you could be fined as much as $250,000 and sentenced to up to five years in prison. Baucus Bill – does just the opposite. It calls for a much lighter penalty ($750 maximum) for people who don’t buy government approved health coverage, making it cheaper to pay the...
  • Sarah Palin: Pelosi "Health Plan" Could Fine You $250,000 & 5 Years In Jail

    11/12/2009 10:43:22 AM PST · by MaxCUA · 9 replies · 660+ views
    Governor Palin 4 President
    Pelosi Bill - page 297 of bill explains the punishment for not purchasing government mandated health insurance. If you don’t buy what the government considers “acceptable health care coverage,” you’re going to be hit with a tax of at least 2.5% of your income. And if you don’t pay that new tax, you could be fined as much as $250,000 and sentenced to up to five years in prison. Baucus Bill – does just the opposite. It calls for a much lighter penalty ($750 maximum) for people who don’t buy government approved health coverage, making it cheaper to pay the...
  • Prescriptions for disaster: The true costs of the health-care bills

    11/05/2009 2:47:46 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies · 364+ views
    NY Post ^ | November 5, 2009 | BENJAMIN E. SASSE & JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
    Don't buy the claim that the Sen ate health-care bill is substantially more moderate than the House measure. While Speaker Nancy Pelosi's legislation is even more onerous than the package created by Sen. Max Baucus and now championed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the larger story is how similar the two Democratic bills are. First, we need to get past the misleading accounting games. Each bill is routinely "scored" for its 10-year costs from 2010-19. Yet this includes several years when the spending wouldn't yet have kicked in. According to the Congressional Budget Office, fully 99.9 percent of the...
  • Caption Reid, Dodd and Baucus

    10/28/2009 8:31:14 AM PDT · by Dewey Revoltnow · 24 replies · 1,202+ views
  • Harry Reid's Public Option Plan Dead on Arrival

    10/27/2009 6:29:47 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 33 replies · 1,042+ views
    News Max ^ | October 28, 2009 | David A. Patten
    Connecticut Sen. Joseph Lieberman's opposition to public-option healthcare delivers a serious -- but not necessarily fatal -- blow to Majority Leader Harry Reid's plans to squeeze a major healthcare reform bill through the Senate. Lieberman indicated on Tuesday that Senate approval of a public-option plan would be fiscally irresponsible because it "creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line." Without Lieberman, Reid will now focus on garnering support from other moderate Senate Democrats. Several say they want to review the actual legislation before deciding whether to support it. One reflection of the sketchy...
  • Democrats to Unveil Offshore Tax Evasion Bill

    10/27/2009 9:17:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies · 2,240+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10/27/2009 | Martin Vaughan
    Congressional Democrats are set to announce Tuesday legislation aimed at squeezing more information from foreign banks and U.S. citizens with offshore accounts to ferret out tax evaders. The bill from Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D., Mont.), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.), includes some of President Barack Obama's proposals to fight offshore tax cheating. According to a summary of the bill obtained by Dow Jones Newswires, it is expected to raise $8.5 billion for the U.S. government over 10 years. Foreign banks with U.S. customers would face a 30% withholding tax on income from...
  • Baucus Supports Reid's Move (SUPER SECRET healthcare bill leaked WAY before debate and vote!)

    10/26/2009 7:10:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies · 1,038+ views
    Political Wire ^ | 10/26/09
    Baucus Supports Reid's MoveOctober 26, 2009 In announcing a health care bill with a public option, it sounds like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has already lined up the support of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT). Said Baucus: "It is time to make our system work better for patients and providers, for small business owners and for our economy. It is time for health care reform. For more than a year, we've been working to meet the goals of reducing the growth of health care costs, improving quality and efficiency and expanding coverage. There are a tremendous number...
  • Lies, Earmarks And Corruption All In One Bill

    10/26/2009 9:07:26 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies · 554+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10/14/2009 | PETER HOEKSTRA AND JOHN SHADEGG
    We are nominating Sen. Baucus' health care reform bill for the Pulitzer Prize — for fiction. Like works of great fiction writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Joseph Conrad and F. Scott Fitzgerald, the story line of the Baucus bill is not what it seems and is in fact a clever subterfuge of what health care reform will mean for the American people. Hiding behind this facade is another story about a massive power grab by the Washington political establishment. The bill is loaded with fiction. To begin with, it purports to reduce the deficit. This is really an Enron-style scam...
  • Dems want faster health bill benefits

    10/25/2009 5:45:39 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 777+ views
    politico.com ^ | Oct. 25, 2009 | CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN
    Democrats are pushing Senate leaders and the White House to speed up key benefits in the health reform bill to 2010, eager to give the party something to show taxpayers for their $900 billion investment in an election year. The most significant changes to the health care system wouldn’t kick in until 2013 – two election cycles away. With Republicans expected to make next year a referendum on health care reform, Democrats are quietly lobbying to push up the effective dates on popular programs, so they'll have something to run on in the congressional midterms. Democrats are anxious to mix...
  • Democrats Are Optimistic That Public Option Will Be Approved [All But Done Deal?]

    10/25/2009 4:18:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 41 replies · 1,468+ views
    NYTimes ^ | October 25th 2009
    Democrats Are Optimistic That Public Option Will Be Approved By JOSEPH BERGER October 25, 2009 Several Democratic senators voiced optimism on Sunday that Congress would pass a health care bill containing at least the germ of a government-run insurance program. Their expectations were grudgingly seconded by Senator John McCain, the Republican presidential candidate in 2008. “I think the Democrats have the votes, and in the House, Blue Dogs bark but never bite,” Mr. McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” using the nickname for conservative Democrats . “So I don’t think they have a problem over in the House side....
  • AP sources: Senate likely to cut employer mandate

    10/25/2009 2:14:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 843+ views
    Associated Press ^ | DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Businesses would not be required to provide health insurance under legislation being readied for Senate debate, but large firms would owe significant penalties if any worker needed government subsidies to buy coverage on their own, according to Democratic officials familiar with talks on the bill. For firms with more than 50 employees, the fee could be as high as $750 multiplied by the total size of the work force if only a few workers needed federal aid, these officials said. That is a more stringent penalty than in a bill that recently cleared the Senate Finance Committee,...
  • Who Picks Up The Tab For Health Reform?

    10/23/2009 5:30:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 343+ views
    Business Week ^ | October 23rd 2009
    Who Picks Up The Tab For Health Reform? Insurance companies stand to lose; doctors look like winners Jane Sasseen and Catherine Arnst The odds are shifting in favor of health-care reform legislation making it through Congress this year, to the point where bookies could put money on the ultimate winners and losers. Many details have yet to be determined, as congressional leaders try to merge two Senate and three House proposals, all of them more than 1,000 pages long. And beyond the contentious battle over the public insurance option, there's a huge fight over another question: Who will pay to...
  • The Middle-Class Health Tax Heist Of 2009

    10/23/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 515+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 23, 2009 | SALLY C. PIPES
    Poring over the details of the 1,501-page health care bill that came out of Sen. Max Baucus' Finance Committee, it's clear that the financing is so full of smoke and mirrors that one has to wear a respirator and hard hat to get through it. But by the time one gets to the end of the bill, estimated to cost $829 billion over 10 years, clarity emerges — the Democrats plan to finance their expanded government care on the backs of America's middle-class taxpayers. Baucus and company have decided to tax what the press calls "Cadillac" health plans. Prior to...
  • Health Bill Fails Senate Test Vote 47 - 53

    10/23/2009 11:02:26 AM PDT · by honestabe010 · 9 replies · 1,098+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | October 22, 2009
    You have to read all the way to page A-25 in today’s New York Times to learn about it, but the Senate took its first floor vote on Obamacare yesterday and the White House lost. Big. The NYT reports: “Democrats lost a big test vote on health care legislation on Wednesday as the Senate blocked action on a bill to increase Medicare payments to doctors at a cost of $247 billion over 10 years. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, needed 60 votes to proceed. He won only 47. And he could not blame Republicans. A dozen...
  • Hope Dims for Health Care after Medicare Vote

    10/22/2009 11:45:00 PM PDT · by chuck_the_tv_out · 7 replies · 729+ views
    CBN ^ | 22 Oct | Jennifer Wishon
    WASHINGTON -- Hopes of getting health care reform through the Senate look grim. Democratic leaders suffered a major blow Wednesday when some of their own voted against a Medicare rate bill seen as a test for broader reform. It’s called the “doc fix” -- legislation to increase Medicare payments to doctors with a price tag of $247 billion over the next decade. It was supposed to be part of the cost of health care. But in order to bring the health care reform bill in under budget, Democrats simply moved that expense out of health care into another part of...
  • Max Baucus D-Mont. Ballistic, According to ABC News (DEFCON 1 over public option)

    10/22/2009 5:43:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 37 replies · 2,785+ views
    10/22/09
    Link only - Baucus Ballistic, According to ABC News
  • Despite Closed Doors, Dems Say Health Care Process Is Transparent

    10/21/2009 10:24:11 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 24 replies · 1,287+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 10/20/09 | Patricia Murphy
    Under the "health care" heading on the White House Web site, a paragraph reads: "The President has vowed that the health reform process will be different in his Administration – an open, inclusive, and transparent process where all ideas are encouraged and all parties work together to find a solution to the health care crisis." But after dozens of televised hearings, round tables, markups and press conferences, top White House officials are now meeting in the Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sens. Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Max Baucus of Montana, away from Republicans and the press,...
  • Comprehensive List of All Tax Hikes In Senate Finance "Obaucus" Health Plan

    10/21/2009 9:34:49 AM PDT · by U of IL Conservative · 9 replies · 832+ views
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | October 12, 2009 | Ryan Ellis
    Excise Tax on High-Cost Health Plans. New 40% excise tax on health insurance plans to the extent they exceed $26,000 in cost ($9850 single). Exemptions made for over-55 retirees and “high-risk” professions; high-cost states phased in... See the full list at atr.org...
  • Obama's Fox Assault Is a Distraction--And Conservatives Are Falling for It

    10/20/2009 6:12:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies · 2,882+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | October 20, 2009 | Peter Roff
    Sending Anita Dunn—who is probably not enjoying her proverbial 15 minutes of fame—out onto the north lawn of the White House to attack Fox News is serving its purpose. The responsibility for determining which of the national news networks are legitimate and which ones are not is something the founders did not include in the executive powers section of the Constitution. One might even argue that the inclusion of the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights is a pretty clear sign they thought that giving any part of the federal government the power to do so would not, to...
  • A $250 Billion Doctor Bill

    10/20/2009 5:12:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 304+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 20, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Legislative Process: Democrats are said to offer physicians a deal — freezing Medicare payment cuts if the docs sign on to health care reform. This is pricey bribery even by Washington standards. Sooner or later, health care reform is going to hit taxpayers' wallets. House Democrats want to start right away with the rich, naturally. Their counterparts in the Senate are more circumspect or shifty, depending on your point of view. There, reform has a fiscally conservative facade that masks some very expensive wheeling and dealing. Witness what's happened since the Senate Finance Committee approved a reform plan that, taken...
  • The Bad Road to Baucus

    10/20/2009 5:31:01 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 5 replies · 511+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 10/20/09 | William Tucker
    Without any idea what it is doing, Congress is about to pulverize the American medical system, put the health insurance companies out of business, and set the federal budget on a runaway course that may end up wrecking the entire economy. So if you'd like to know why all this is happening, here's a brief review: The "crisis" in health insurance exists because the government is already mismanaging the system. The problem began in 1945 when Congress passed the McCarran-Ferguson Act. Even though insurance had long been sold across state lines, the states were allowed to regulate, with the benign...
  • Text of Baucus Bill

    10/20/2009 7:00:58 AM PDT · by MNDude · 9 replies · 485+ views
    The Senate Finance Committee has posted the legislative language of S. 1796 -- the 1,502-page America's Healthy Future Act bill -- on its website. The committee staff directed the AHFA bill proposal under the direction of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. For weeks, the proposal was simply a rough summary, with no bill number. Republicans complained that they had not seen actual bill provisions.
  • Max Baucus: Public option still part of health care reform debate… It’s just less ‘pure’

    10/20/2009 5:11:58 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Med City News ^ | 10/19/09 | Mary Vanac
    Max Baucus: Public option still part of health care reform debate… It’s just less ‘pure’October 19, 2009 by Mary Vanac WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus told reporters Monday afternoon that he isn’t sure the Senate can muster the votes needed to pass health care reform that contains a “pure public option.” “This issue is alive” Baucus told reporters during a teleconference organized by Families USA, a consumer health care advocate. “We’re looking at it to see what makes the most sense,” the Democrat from Montana said in answer to a question about whether a government-backed health...
  • Labor vs. ObamaCare

    10/20/2009 4:29:39 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 405+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 20, 2009 | NY Post
    Here's a new one: a union sounding the alarm about high taxes. Even stranger: The union's target is President Obama and his health-care overhaul -- specifically Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus' bill. Now, when a union complains about taxes, you just know they must be over the top. Indeed, they are. Gerald McEntee, president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees warns that the Baucus bill's tax hikes will hit the middle class hard. Specifically, he argues that the bill's tax on medical-insurance plans amounts to "asking the middle class to pay for the...
  • Finance Committee bill has been filed (S. 1796) (1502 pages)

    10/19/2009 3:05:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 2,124+ views
    Politico ^ | 10/19/2009 | Chris Fratres
    Senate Finance Committee members have been notified that the committee's health reform bill was filed today. S. 1796 weighs in at 1,502 pages, according to a Senate Republican leadership source. It's still not up yet on the Finance Committee website or Thomas.gov. We'll post a link as soon as we get one.