Baucus: Healthcare Reform Extremely Likely Coming

Reuters has the scoop:

Democratic Senator Max Baucus told Reuters in an interview the powerful Senate Finance Committee he chairs would propose draft legislation this week, estimating there was an "85 to 90 percent" chance meaningful healthcare reform would be passed in the Senate with bipartisan support.

It's still unclear what healthcare reform will look like, but one of the very few people on Capitol Hill tasked with making these major changes a reality sounds remarkably bullish on the chances for success. Of course getting a bill through the Senate isn't all that needs to be done. While the Senate remains a high hurdle for any reform effort given the apparent unwillingness of the chamber to pass reform using a budget procedure to forgo the filibuster, thereby requiring 50 votes rather than 60, a bill must get through the House as well and must also be reconciled with any proposed Senate legislation in a conference committee -- a process that can often be as difficult, if not more so, than getting a bill through each House separately. That said, given that one of the key vote counters in the Senate believes that he likely has the votes to make reform a reality, it appears as though the President's ambitious effort to move closer towards universal coverage is not just a dream but a distinct possibility.

Tags: 111th Congress, healthcare reform, Max Baucus (all tags)

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We are rocking hard

Good news for all us border collie watchdogs.

"Never get a border collie unless you have a herd of sheep or you want to run twice a day"

Now lets see what kind of monkey business is going to happen when that legislation jumps out of committee and hits the floor.

by Trey Rentz 2009-06-16 03:44AM | 0 recs
Healthcare Reform Extremely Likely Coming

I'm very concerned that regardless of what happens, it won't be anywhere near 'reformy' enough. But, it would seem that our novice President is gonna get something done, after all, but of course it won't be nearly 'somethingy' enough.

by QTG 2009-06-16 06:07AM | 0 recs
Whats Likely

I think something will get done, but I would bet it wont be "single payer" or universal. Rather it will be some sort of cooperate style that allows the uninsured to buy healthcare insurance at more reasonable premiums and has provisions to lower healthcare costs overall. I just dont think that the collective will is there to do more.

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-06-16 06:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Thanks

Mojo for making my point!

by QTG 2009-06-16 06:25AM | 0 recs
Ezra Klein interview

Great interview with Kent Conrad by Exra Klein. In it they discuss the Health Care Co Op in Washington State. Very interesting. I have a friend who lives out there. I have ot give him a call to see if he has knowledge of it. He owns a small business, so it might be something he is part of....I will follow up.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-kl ein/2009/06/has_kent_conrad_solved_the_p ub.html

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-06-16 06:57AM | 0 recs
Another impediment

Another reason why single player wont happen. The big 5 insurers employ well over 200,000 people alone. The administration isnt going to be comfortable with the prospect of seeing 200,000+ become unemployed.

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-06-16 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Another impediment

See you're confusing a single payer system to a government run system. Now yes in countries like Canada and the UK its one in the same, but it doesn't have to be.

Not to mention many of those employed by the insurance companies are doctors, nurses, hospital technicians, those that would still be employed even under a government run system. Of course even if they were unemployed at least they would have health care which they wouldn't if they were unemployed today.

by political22 2009-06-16 08:49AM | 0 recs
Single Payer is a government run system

how is it not? I think Buckeye's point is that Senators and Representatives who represent these 200,000 people are not going to tell them "sorry, your job is going to be lost, go work for the federal government"

Those 200,000 people are not going to be happy about that.

by DTOzone 2009-06-16 01:44PM | 0 recs
much ado about nothing

I had given up hope for affordable healthcare or any meaningful reform when I saw Max Baucus and Chuck Grassley taking the charge. In end those two are two sides of the same coin bought and paid for by the insurance industry. Eventually I was looking, much like Bill Maher, for some audacity; I am still looking.

by tarheel74 2009-06-16 08:22AM | 0 recs
Re: much ado about nothing

Yes indeed I am in agreement with you. Especially with Bill Maher. He's right I want a little bit more George Bush in Obama. Say what you want but he got stuff done regardless if it was legal, violated the constitution, or international laws. Why is it when we elect Democrats they are so moderate and try to be bi-partisan, but when we elect Republicans there is no facade of trying to be bipartisan or moderate?

by political22 2009-06-16 10:09AM | 0 recs
Which is why Republicans have lost power

by DTOzone 2009-06-16 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Baucus: Healthcare Reform Extremely

If it's from Baucus, then it's crap... and when it's crap, we are going to be blamed no matter how many GOP votes he manages to get...

What a disappointment... and it seems that Kennedy is so ill, his plan is only half working, too...

It's all going to depend upon the house...

by LordMike 2009-06-16 10:01AM | 0 recs

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