After all the delays. After all the giveaways. After all the watering down of key Democratic proposals...Not a single Rethug will be supporting Max's committee bill! I know! Shocker! As Markos said, "Only Democrats "compromise" and get zero in return."
After Months Of Negotiations And Numerous Concessions, Sen. Baucus' Health Care Bill Introduced With Zero Republican Support
Wednesday's bill release follows months of negotiations among Baucus and five other Finance Committee senators dubbed the "Gang of Six" – Republicans Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Democrats Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico.
From MSNBC's The Ed Show:
Enzi said he couldn't support the Baucus bill and preferred an incremental approach. "Let's start by focusing on the issues where we already have broad, bipartisan agreement," he said.
In the end, Democrats believe Snowe may be the only Republican to support the bill, though she wasn't ready to commit her support Tuesday night. "Hopefully at some point through the committee process we can reach an agreement," she said.
The bill drew quick criticism from Republican leaders.
"This partisan proposal cuts Medicare by nearly a half-trillion dollars, and puts massive new tax burdens on families and small businesses, to create yet another thousand-page, trillion-dollar government program," said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "Only in Washington would anyone think that makes sense, especially in this economy."read more...
Public Option roulette
The Huffington Posts's Roy Sekoff talks with Ed Schultz about whether the lack of a public option in the health care plan to be presented by Max Baucus and the 'Gang of Six' means it's sure to fail.