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Baucus Bill

Cadillac Tax: Congress Is Split On Reform Effort To Tax Costly Health Care Plans

New York Times | DAVID M. HERSZENHORN and ROBERT PEAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A proposed tax on high-cost, or "Cadillac," health insurance plans has touched off a fierce clash between the Senate and the House as they wrestle ove...

Arizona Governor Tells Baucus: We Can't Afford Your Health Care Reform

Dawn Teo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dawn Teo

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer said Tuesday that the state of Arizona, which has been dealing with the highest per capita deficit in the nation, cannot afford the health care reform plan proposed by Senator Max Baucus of Montana.

By Revealing Their True Colors, Insurers Eliminate Any Reason to Compromise With Them

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

The insurers have demonstrated that there is no reason any more to cultivate their support. That being the case, Congress has a new chance to do the job right.

Pro-Reform Lobbyists Express More Doubt On Baucus Bill

The Huffington Post | Jenna Staul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Just as Sen. Max Baucus's health reform bill recently came under fire from the hospital lobby, insurance industry groups are now stepping forward with...

Reining in the Rogue Democrats--Petition For Primary Challengers

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Forcing Senators like Nelson, Baucus, and Lincoln to respond to the American public, through a petition, would be the right thing politically as well as morally.

An Open Letter to Senator Max Baucus : Save Your Health Care Bill With Simple Reform

Dr. Paul Toffel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Toffel

I've reviewed the current form of the your Senate Finance Committee bill, which is basically a good compromise, but has significant watered-down defects as it's about to go to vote.

Decision Day For Democrats: Poll Shows Path to Healthcare Reform

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

This is the fork in the road for the Senate's Democratic leaders: they must choose between the tort lawyers and a health care bill that could re-unite a country that has turned against the present bill.

Senate Health Care Bill: Five Things You Don't Know

Politics Daily | Patricia Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you've been following the health care debate closely, you probably know the basics of the Senate Finance Committee's version of health care reform ...

Must Reads: Best Health Care Reporting This Week

Matthew Palevsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Palevsky

In order to bring you the most thoroughly reported stories about health care reform, the Huffington Post has teamed up with NewsTrust for a week long Health Care News Hunt.

Insurance Companies Want Caviar on the Gravy Train

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

The Finance Committee has opted to save money by leaving 25 million Americans out of health care. Without a public option, nothing will stop premiums from rising, requiring taxpayers to foot the bill.

Louis Sullivan Backs Health Bill: We Need To Come Together

ABC News | Jake Tapper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"We need to come together towards the middle and this is what the Baucus bill represents," said the former Secretary of the Department of Health and H...

Ryan Grim

Leading Dem Plans To Blow Up Deal With Big Pharma | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Senate Democratic leader is hoping to blow up the deal reached between the White House, drug makers and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus...

Senator Mark Begich's Town Hall on Health Care: Tales from a Survivor

Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker)

We know that people that go to health care town halls really aren't interested in what anyone has to say. But to see it so clearly and so close at a meeting in Anchorage this weekend was quite something.

Health Care Reform: Drug Companies Are The Big Winners | Rick Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As Congress gets closer to final healthcare-reform legislation, the central question remains murky: Who will foot the bill? Figures contained in th...

President Obama: Get Angry About Health Care Reform

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Is the Baucus plan, the one that manages the improbable feat of making the developed world's most expensive, least effective health care system even worse, indeed the only one with a prayer of passage?

GOP Favors Public Option for Property, Not People

David Cay Johnston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Cay Johnston

The bias in favor of property over people should be ended with all deliberate speed by raising the standard for people to that of property. A public option would be one small step in that direction.

Baucus Bill: Health Reform That Isn't

Marcia Angell, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia Angell, M.D.

The Baucus bill makes it clear that the fix is in. We're now going to pour more money into a system that's already shown it can absorb whatever we put into it without providing anything like commensurate health care.

Krugman: Baucus Plan "Better Than Many Of Us Expected"

New York Times | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

You see, it has been clear for months that whatever health-care bill finally emerges will fall far short of reformers' hopes. Yet even a bad bill coul...

Jason Linkins

Health Care Stocks Soar With Release Of Baucus' Reform Bill | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Max Baucus was paid handsomely (in campaign contributions) by the health care industry to deliver a health care reform bill that only the health care ...

A Dose of Clarity

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

If the health care debate seems like a hopeless morass, it's largely because moneyed interests want it to look that way. Matt Taibbi reminds us that the most fundamental issue is simple: Who pays, and how?

The 3 Major Flaws In The Baucus Health Bill

New York Times | Paul Krugman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has released his "mark" on proposed legislation -- which would normally be the ba...

Baucus Plan: One Trillion Dollars Plus Zero Republican Votes Plus Zero Public Option

Mario Solis-Marich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mario Solis-Marich

Max Baucus has gutted health reform yet brings zero Republican votes to the table and zero savings to American taxpayers.

FiveThirtyEight: The Baucus Bill's Bad Math

Five Thirty Eight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The AP may be right that Baucus's bill will cost less than $1 trillion, but it accomplishes that by shifting the burden to middle-income families, som...