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  • BAUCUS: “We’re doing this all on the fly, so it’s a little bit, makes me a little bit nervous.”

    09/24/2009 9:57:22 AM PDT · by crosstimbers · 13 replies · 725+ views
    Fix Health Care Policy ^ | September 24, 2009 | Heritage Foundation, Marguerite Higgins
    "Quotable" September 24, 2009 - Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana) “We’re doing this all on the fly, so it’s a little bit, makes me a little bit nervous.” — (September 23, 2009 at Senate Finance Committee hearing) Tags: baucus, health care reform, Senate Finance Committee
  • Tempers Flare Between Max Baucus and Jon Kyl in Senate Finance Committee Health Care Mark-Up - Video

    09/24/2009 10:19:36 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 857+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | September 24, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Fox News' Carl Cameron reporting on tempers flaring in the Senate Finance Committee "Mark-Up" of the proposed Baucus Health Care Bill. The flare-up was between Democrat Chairman Max Baucus and Arizona GOP Sen. Jon Kyl. Baucus accused Kyl of just "trying to delay," while Kyl was put out that Baucus kept "interrupting him in the middle of an important point." . . . (VIDEO)
  • STUPID SENATE TRICKS--The Sen. Max Baucus Edition

    09/24/2009 10:13:36 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 379+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 9/24/09 | The Lid
    In one small comment, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chairman Max Baucus confirmed what opponents of the Obamacare bill have been saying all along; the Democrats don't care about getting input from anybody outside their shrinking network of supporters, they just want to ram through Government Control of health as soon as they can. Witness this exchange from this morning:
  • Democrats Question Baucus's $80B Deal With Drug Makers

    09/23/2009 1:33:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies · 666+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 23, 2009 | Ceci Connolly, Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) faced an early test of his leadership Wednesday after fellow Democrats challenged the $80 billion deal he struck with drug makers to help pay for health-care reform. Nearing the end of a 13-hour opening day of work on Baucus's bill to overhaul the nation's health-care system, several committee members pressed Tuesday night for an amendment extracting larger company rebates on medications the government purchases for low-income senior citizens. The proposal jeopardizes an agreement that Baucus and the Obama White House struck to limit the drug industry's exposure over the next 10 years to...
  • Baucus makes a grab for climate bill (yes, that Baucus)

    09/23/2009 12:54:26 PM PDT · by This_far · 8 replies · 297+ views
    Politico ^ | 9/11/09 | Lisa Lerer
    For liberal Democrats unhappy with the way Max Baucus is handling health care reform, here’s another dose of bad news: He’s got his hands on climate and energy, too. Behind closed doors, Sen. Baucus has been staking his claim on major aspects of the climate bill, including financing for a cap-and-trade system.
  • Former Baucus Staffer Responsible for Gag Order

    09/23/2009 11:33:05 AM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 18 replies · 1,230+ views ^ | 9/23/2009 | Connie Hair
    Jonathan Blum, an acting director at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is apparently responsible for issuing a gag order against Humana, Inc., on Monday evening. Blum is a former staffer to Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee currently in markup of their own chopped salad version of the health care bill. Baucus has taken credit in the media for demanding CMS issue the unprecedented order.  CMS also changed their mailing guidelines to include a ban on any Medicare Advantage (MA) provider sending information or placing information on their websites regarding the non-partisan Congressional...
  • A View of the Horrendus Baucus Healthcare Bill

    09/23/2009 8:51:02 AM PDT · by PurpleMountains · 5 replies · 427+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 9/23/09 | Purple Mountains
    Democratic Senator Max Baucus has gained much publicity for his supposed efforts to craft a compromise bill that both sides can support. Instead he has put together a monstrosity that no other senator on his committee, Republican or Democrat, is willing to back. This whole legislative undertaking for government healthcare has become a tortured process of trying to stuff into a small bag an enormous, complex and crucial aspect of American life and freedoms. It is not at all helpful that president Obama and others have not been truthful about what they are trying to do and what the results...
  • FACT CHECK: Health care coverage mandate enforced with tax

    09/22/2009 1:55:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 816+ views
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | September 21, 2009
    Memo to President Barack Obama: It's a tax. Obama insisted this weekend on national television that requiring people to carry health insurance — and fining them if they don't — isn't the same thing as a tax increase. But the language of Democratic bills to revamp the nation's health care system doesn't quibble. Both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee proposal clearly state that the fines would be a tax. And the reason the fines are in the legislation is to enforce the coverage requirement. "If you put something in the Internal Revenue Code, and you tell the...
  • The Innovation Tax : How Max Baucus's Health Care Plan will Knife the Medical Devices Industry.

    09/19/2009 10:12:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 603+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/18/2009 | The Editors
    Supposedly the Senate’s version of ObamaCare was written by Finance Chairman Max Baucus, but we’re beginning to wonder if the true authors were Abbott and Costello. The vaudeville logic of the plan is that Congress will tax health care to subsidize people to buy health care that new taxes and regulation make more expensive. Look no further than the $40 billion "fee" that Mr. Baucus wants to impose on medical devices and diagnostic equipment. Device manufacturers would pay $4 billion a year in excise taxes, divvied up among them based on U.S. sales. This translates to an annual income tax...
  • Public Option Lite (The Baucus Bill)

    09/16/2009 7:39:02 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 2 replies · 461+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 17, 2009 | Editorial
    Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus finally unveiled his health-care plan yesterday to a chorus of bipartisan jeers. The reaction is surprising given that President Obama all but endorsed the outlines of the Baucus plan last week. But the hoots are only going to grow louder as more people read what he's actually proposing. The headline is that Mr. Baucus has dropped the unpopular "public option," but this is a political offering without much policy difference. His plan remains a public option by other means, imposing vast new national insurance regulation, huge new subsidies to pay for the higher insurance costs...
  • Baucus Unveils $856 Billion Health-Care Legislation

    09/16/2009 7:22:56 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 104 replies · 4,439+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 16, 2009 | Gregg Hitt
    WASHINGTON -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus formally unveiled a 10-year $856 billion bill that would extend health insurance to tens of millions of Americans not now covered, moving an important step forward on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority. The sweeping measure is designed to steer a more moderate course on health policy than other major bills moving through Capitol Hill, and doesn't propose to create a new government insurance plan to compete with private insurers, as proposed in rival House legislation and favored by many liberals. Instead, the Montana Democrat is proposing to expand coverage by creating...
  • Tort Reform? Try Tort Expansion.

    09/13/2009 5:39:47 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,286+ views ^ | September 11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama offered this "olive brancn" to Republicans during his health care overhaul speech to the joint session of Congress on Wednesday. After spending most of the speech deriding his opposition, Obama finally got to the subject of tort reform which the White Nouse had promised Obama would pursue to get Republicans on board.
  • EDITORIAL: Baucus bill would destroy private health insurance--Increased regulations undermine..

    09/13/2009 1:11:49 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 676+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 13, 2009 | Editorial
    Some breathed a sigh of relief that a new health care bill introduced by Sen. Max Baucus does not include government insurance. This solace is premature. The Montana Democrat's bill proposes new regulations that would doom the private insurance industry. The lion's share of President Obama's Wednesday address to Congress pushed Mr. Baucus' plan. Because a direct government takeover of health care sparked violent public protests, the new strategy is to take smaller bites out of private care. The president still promises more service for less cost with greater government involvement, which is impossible. It takes chutzpah for Democrats to...
  • Land Of The Fee

    09/10/2009 10:07:07 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 5 replies · 418+ views
    National Center For Policy Analysis ^ | September 10, 2009 | Staff
    The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for Obamacare and fines for families who don't sign up. To keep Obamacare alive, Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state...
  • Land Of The Fee (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    09/09/2009 5:23:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 667+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 9, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Reform: The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants levies on insurers to pay for ObamaCare and fines for families who don't sign up. We can cut costs and expand coverage without sacrificing freedom.To keep ObamaCare alive, Montana Democrat Max Baucus has proposed a Rube Goldberg scheme of fees and fines on insurers and the uninsured designed to forcibly bring everyone into the loving and protective arms of the nanny state. To help finance his Plan B, Baucus would impose annual fees of $6 billion on health insurers, $4 billion on medical-device makers, $2.3 billion on drug manufacturers and $750...
  • Up to $3,800 Fine for Failure Get Health Insurance (proposes Sen. Baucus)

    09/08/2009 10:13:16 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 142 replies · 5,433+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 8, 2009
    A top senator is calling for fines of up to $3,800 on families who fail to get medical insurance after a health care overhaul goes into effect. The plan from Democratic Sen. Max Baucus of Montana would make health insurance mandatory, just like auto coverage. It would provide tax credits to help cover the cost for people making up to three times the federal poverty level. That's about $66,000 for a family of four, and $32,000 for an individual. But those who still don't sign up would face hefty fines, starting at $750 a year for individuals and $1,500 for...
  • HBO's Maher: Americans Too 'Stupid' so President Should Force ObamaCare into Law

    08/25/2009 10:27:42 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 79 replies · 2,224+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 25, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    If smugness were a crime, they would put HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher under the jail. On NBC's Aug. 24 "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," Maher expressed his frustration with President Barack Obama's inability to get health care/health insurance reformed and passed into law. "I think right now for example, this health care debate looks like it's - we could lose it because I don't think [Obama] he has been tough enough," Maher said. "You know, he used to say in the campaign, ‘It's your time.' This is his time. He should get mad, stop [expletive] around." ...more (w/video)...
  • Poll: Dems down on Max Baucus's health plan

    08/21/2009 6:14:38 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1,797+ views
    Poll: Montana Dems down on Baucus By: Jonathan Martin August 21, 2009 08:14 PM EST A new poll aimed at pressuring Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) shows 55 percent of Montana Democrats disapprove of their state's longtime senator's actions on health care, while just 34 percent approve. Thirty-six percent of Democratic voters said they would likely vote against Baucus if he opposed a public plan, while just 12 percent said his opposition would make them more likely to win their support. Fifty-two percent said it would have no impact on their decision. Overall, Montanans were split, with 47 percent saying they...
  • Obama Town Hall in Montana -Live Thread (Look for the plants!)

    08/14/2009 12:04:00 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 603 replies · 35,919+ views
    Obama is about to begin his Town hall in Montana. Post your comments here. Sen. Max Baucus doing the intro now.
  • Sen. Max Baucus Says Being with Obama is "Like Listening to a Symphony" - Video 8/4/09

    08/05/2009 11:11:31 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 44 replies · 1,487+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 5, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from yesterday where Democrat Sen. Max Baucus (Montana) said after meeting with President Obama at the White House: "It's so wonderful to hear him speak. It's like listening to a symphony. It's like it was a great meal. He's so good. . . " Notice the smirking Sen. Charles Schumer over his right shoulder. Can Democrats get any more pathetic in their Obama worship? . . . . (Watch Video)