Baucus Pushes Public Option Amendments to Next Week
Friday, September 25, 2009 at 10:16 am
Citing time restraints, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) just announced that the controversial public option amendments being offered by Sens. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will be pushed to next Tuesday, when lawmakers return to Washington after a long weekend.
The health reform bill moving through the finance panel this week would create private health care cooperatives, but it excludes a public plan to compete with private companies, a high priority for many Democrats.
Baucus said he still needs to work out the order, and some substantial issues, surrounding those amendments.
“We don’t have time today to bring that up,” Baucus said.
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