Citing Pragmatism, Baucus Will Vote Against Public Option
Citing the unlikeliness that the public option could pass on the Senate floor, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) just announced that he’ll vote against an amendment to create a public plan. “I can count, and no one shows me how to get to 60 votes with a public option in the bill,” Baucus said.
The Montana Democrat said there’s little doubt that the public option would pressure private insurers to become more affordable, “but my first job is to get this bill across the finish line.”
Amendment sponsor Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), though, isn’t buying the argument. Rockefeller, who chairs the Finance Committee’s health subpanel, said Democrats shouldn’t support a bill just for the sake of passing something.
“I don’t like that philosophy,” he said.