The Baucus Plan, too little – too late?

 

Baucus Releases Senate Bipartisan Proposal

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America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009 (full PDF)

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18 responses to “The Baucus Plan, too little – too late?

  1. nannymm

    As I predicted, it’s way too little and way too late. And so, the people get shafted again. So much for hope and change.

  2. TempeBev

    I guess it’s pretty much confirmed that our elected officials don’t listen to the people they are supposed to represent.

    Add Jimmy Carter to the growing list of people who can see what’s going on in the racial department.

  3. Three-Judge Panel Hears Challenge To Hillary Clinton’s Eligibility To Serve As Secretary of State

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/16/three-judge-panel-hears-c_n_288580.html

  4. “Drop Dobbs”: CNN Pressured To Give Up Controversial Host (VIDEO)

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/16/drop-dobbs-cnn-pressured_n_288506.html

  5. nannymm

    Real-life ‘Norma Rae’ dies of cancer after her health insurance refused to cover her medications.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2009/09/15/crystal-lee-sutton/

  6. dnd

    Dana Bash on CNN called it the Goldilocks plan. Too hot for others, perhaps it’s just right.

    The Baucus plan provides for co-ops and national plans. That’s as close as you can get to a government plan w/o it being a government plan. In fact, it’s really a “public” plan. Probably why Republicans oppose it.

    My guess is that the major insurers are working up ASO plans (administrative services only) for co-ops like they do for large companies which are self-insured.

  7. dnd in all candor I find your assessment of the Baucus plan a tad “optimistic”. Before it’s acceptable those numbers about poverty level and such need some serious tweaking.

  8. nannymm

    “To wit: Baucus Plan is just as craptastical as we all suspected it might be.
    First, Baucus’ entire goal was to construct a bipartisan plan. Mission accomplished. Insofar as both parties hate it. Just as we predicted, Baucus tailored his plan to appeal to the Republicans who, as it turns out, don’t support the plan anyway. For example, one of his concessions to the Republicans was tort reform language which not only won’t work, but has also failed to bring in any Republicans (bad policy — bad politics). Meanwhile, the bill is so diluted and bad that roughly half of the Democrats on the Finance Committee appear to be opposed to it. Good job, senator!”

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/with-a-healthcare-plan-th_b_289064.html

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/with-a-healthcare-plan-th_b_289064.html

  9. nannymm

    “Baucus’s bill retains the noxious “free rider” provision on employers. Rather than a simple employer mandate that forces every employer over a certain size to provide health-care insurance or pay a small fee, the free rider approach penalizes employers for hiring low-income workers who are eligible for subsidies. That will create an incentive to do one of two things: Don’t hire low-income workers (hire a teenager looking for a job rather than a single mother, or hire a housewife looking for a second job rather than an unemployed breadwinner), or hire illegal immigrants.

    And it actually gets worse. The employer pays more if the low-income worker needs subsidies for his family as opposed to just himself. So it not only discriminates against low-income workers, but it particularly discriminates against low-income parents. Single mothers will get the worst deal, as they have lower incomes, and as you might expect, children who need health care.”
    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/09/the_baucus_bill_the_worst_poli.html

  10. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Wednesday, September 16, 2009 — 9:19 PM ET
    —–

    Mary Travers, a Member of Peter, Paul and Mary, Has Died at 72

    Mary Travers, whose ringing, earnest vocals with the folk
    trio Peter, Paul and Mary made songs like “Blowin’ in the
    Wind,” “If I Had a Hammer” and “Where Have All the Flowers
    Gone?” enduring anthems of the 1960s protest movement, has
    died at 72.

  11. Bird

    we are surrounded by morons.

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