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Max Baucus retiring from U.S. Senate -- one of handful of Democrats to vote against background checksBrian Schweitzer for U.S. Senate!
Baucus isn't even a Blue Dog Democrat. Just imagine a Republican without a Bible. That's Baucus.
http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/democratic-sen-baucus-rules-out-th-term/article_27a2801b-57bc-5a8a-a547-3da821c02e5b.htmlBrian Schweitzer for U.S. Senate! Baucus isn't even a Blue Dog Democrat. Just... more
One of the biggest flash-points of the health care debate has been the so-called "public option" - a government-run alternative to insurance companies. Most conservatives have said they absolutely can't support it and many liberals have said they absolutely can't support a bill without it. Well today the public option took a blow in the Senate Finance Committee as an amendment to add it to the present draft of the bill in the Senate was voted down 15 to 8. The vote against included 5 Democrats, including Sen. Max Baucus (D. - MT) who heads up the committee. He said he voted against the amendment because he feared it would keep the bill from getting the 60 votes its needs on the Senate floor.
There is a second amendment including the public option introduced by Sen. Chuck Schumer out of NY who vows to get it in there no matter what.
Will the public option kill health care reform? Moderate Senate Democrats are certainly trying their darnedest not to let it. But there's another danger for them: if they pass a bill without a public option, will liberals in the Democratic Party count that as actual reform? What do you think - Comment over here on Current News.
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- No Healthcare For Me (Video)One of the biggest flash-points of the health care debate has been the so-called... more
Democrats are beginning to work overtime to secure final congressional passage of the sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul.
http://renovomedia.com/politics/healthcare-reform-is-about-to-fly/Democrats are beginning to work overtime to secure final congressional passage of the... more
Democrats and Republicans can both enjoy a laugh here. It would appear that Senator Max Baucus from Montana enjoyed a few stiff cocktails before debating health care on the Senate floor…or at least it appears that way.
For VIDEO of Drunk Max Baucus...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2009/12/28/senator-max-baucus-appears-drunk-on-the-senate-floor/Democrats and Republicans can both enjoy a laugh here. It would appear that Senator... more
As if it wasn’t enough for the taxpayers (and the economy) to get reamed by Max Baucus on Medicare Part D and his Senate Finance Committee health care bill, the LA Times is reporting that Max Baucus nominated his girlfriend for the US Attorney job:
The Montana Democrat and his former state office director Melodee Hanes began their relationship in the summer of 2008 after Baucus separated from his wife, Ty Matsdorf told The Associated Press late Friday.
Baucus nominated Hanes for the U.S. attorney post in March. But she later withdrew, saying she had been presented with other opportunities she couldn’t pass up.
If Baucus and Hanes began their relationship “in the summer of 2008,” she was still picking up a check from you through March of 2009:
Employing Office Start date End date Position Amount Notes
Senate Finance Committee 12/10/08 12/19/08 Senior Adviser $ 3,111.09
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) 10/01/08 03/31/09 † State Director/Senior Counsel $ 54,722.14 † to Dec 9 and from Dec. 20
FY 2009 subtotal: $57,833.23
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) 04/01/08 09/30/08 State Director/Senior Counsel $ 69,666.60
Senate Finance Committee 11/27/07 11/29/07 Senior Counsel $ 895.83
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) 10/01/07 03/31/08 † State Director/Senior Counsel $ 55,979.07 † to Nov. 26 and from Nov. 30
FY 2008 subtotal: $126,541.50
Baucus played a key part in negotiating Medicare Part D and opposed price negotiation. He and the White House are responsible for the PhRMA and other medical stakeholder deals, that preclude the country from being able to control soaring medical costs for the next decade. Jon Walker says that insurance costs alone for a family of 4 will increase $1,000 a year as a result of the “deals” Baucus has cut. In addition to destroying the middle class, as Jon notes:
Business in this country will not be able to compete internationally in 8 years if they are paying the equivalent of an extra $10,000 health care tax on each employee.
But Max Baucus himself has made out astonishingly well. He has received $3,882,881 in contributions from the health care sector alone since 1989. That’s quite a tidy sum.
But alas, it wasn’t enough. He needed you to pick up the tab for his girlfriend, too, who didn’t divorce her former husband until December 2008.
As Marcy notes, having a Wellpoint VP write his health care bill was certainly worse in terms of its impact on the country. But the Hanes “affair” illuminates Baucus’s sense of personal entitlement when it comes to dealing with taxpayer money, something that should be an issue for the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.As if it wasn’t enough for the taxpayers (and the economy) to get reamed by Max... more
Does the Baucus affair constitute Political corruption? Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus is romantically involved with a former staffer he recommended to become the next U.S. attorney for Montana.
http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-4383-Portland-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m12d5-Baucus-affair-Political-corruption#Does the Baucus affair constitute Political corruption? Senate Finance Committee... more
Washington lobbyists have been enjoying a multi-million-dollar sugar rush from the food industry.
Soft drink makers, supermarket companies, agriculture and the fast-food business have poured millions into campaigning against what they fear could be a burgeoning national movement to raise money for health care reform by taxing sweetened beverages.
During the first nine months of 2009, the industry groups stepped up their lobbying in Congress. They have spent more than $24 million on the issue of a national excise tax on sweetened beverages and on other legislative and regulatory issues, according to an examination of lobbying reports filed with the Senate Office of Public Records. The review shows that 21 companies and organizations reported that they lobbied specifically on the proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages - which among other things would include sodas, juice drinks and chocolate milk.
About $5 million of the money was spent on a national advertising campaign aimed at Capitol Hill lawmakers and promoting a newly formed coalition called Americans Against Food Taxes . The group bills itself on its website as a coalition of "responsible individuals, financially-strapped families, [and] small and large businesses" but its 400-plus membership list is dominated by industry heavyweights such as Burger King Corporation, Coca Cola, Pepsico and Domino's Pizza.
Many health officials and advocacy groups have argued for years that sugary drinks, particularly those with high-fructose corn syrup, have been key contributors to a rise in obesity rates in the United States, especially among children. Some argue that the time is right for a soda tax, which they say could not only cut consumption but also generate revenue to close state budget gaps and pay for new health care programs.
A proposal for a national excise tax on soft drinks surfaced in a May funding policy options paper during the Senate Finance Committee's deliberations on health care reform. Food lobbyists attacked then and continued their efforts in July when President Obama raised the possibility of a soda tax in an interview with Men's Health magazine. The proposal has not emerged in any of the health care reform bills still in play on Capitol Hill.
But the issue may be gaining traction in some key states. This week, California lawmakers are holding a high-profile hearing in Los Angeles to examine the link between childhood obesity and sugary drinks. In New York, Gov. David Paterson has revived the idea of a sugared beverage tax after a previous proposal was shot down by the legislature earlier this year in the face of industry opposition.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/04/soda-tax-mobilizes-food-l_n_345840.htmlWashington lobbyists have been enjoying a multi-million-dollar sugar rush from the... more
If you liked what Montana Senator health care reform, you'll love his plans for cap and trade.
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/10/dont-forget-max-factorIf you liked what Montana Senator health care reform, you'll love his plans for... more
Marches toward socialism, death panels and health care rationing, oh my! If you've been watching the news these days you know that few people seem interested in having a serious debate about our health care industry in America. It would be funny to watch if it weren't for the fact that 45 million Americans don't have insurance and the 200 million who do are finding it more difficult to afford. It would be hilarious if we weren't beholden to the Robber Barons of health insurance monopolies and their shills on Capitol Hill. Are you sick and tired of this mockery that we call a debate? Watch this video and find out what you can do to make sure we get the comprehensive health care reform we need!Marches toward socialism, death panels and health care rationing, oh my! If... more
But Snowe's temporary support allows proponents of the bill to claim they won a tiny sprinkling of bipartisanship sauce, the most precious substance in David Broder's Washington. And, via Wonkette (http://wonkette.com/411607/redstate-about-to-blow-olympia-snowes-mind), that has inspired RedState's most prolific anger-blogger, Erick Son-of-Erick, to take action! Not very well thought-out action (http://www.redstate.com/erick/2009/10/13/pour-rock-salt-on-snowe/)But Snowe's temporary support allows proponents of the bill to claim they won a... more
The CBO concluded that the health care proposal seen as having the best chance to win bipartisan support would cost $829 billion over the next 10 years.The CBO concluded that the health care proposal seen as having the best chance to win... more
A major health care reform bill has moved through committee and we can expect debate on the floor of the Senate soon. Variations of health care reform are moving through the appropriate steps in the House. Despite some well publicized and unnecessary ugliness, the democratic process is working just as it should.
I for one would like to see a public option. I support almost all of the ideas posed by the Democratic leadership and I hope that the final product reflects as many of those ideas as possible. However, this is not a society of one, or of one party. Partisanship is good in that it forces discussion, draws out new ideas and although not everyone's ideas get implemented, at least most ideas get heard. Democracy will not give you everything you want all the time, but it gives you a voice.
I feel confident that something close to Senator Baucus' bill will be passed in Congress and signed into law. While I will mourn the loss of a public option, at least it will be more significant heath care reform than we've seen in decades. It will not fix health care, but it will be a big step in the right direction. Then perhaps we can focus on a public option as the next step. Let's call it "Health Care Round 2."A major health care reform bill has moved through committee and we can expect debate... more
Baucus is voting the way he is so can stay the number funded senator by the health insurance industry.
He has accumulated 3.2 million in the last few years, and 6 of his top ten donors from 2005-2010 are health related.Baucus is voting the way he is so can stay the number funded senator by the health... more
Stephen Colbert had a brilliant idea last night on his show. Max Baucus says that he wants a healthcare bill and that is why he's voting against the public option. So Colbert's logic is simple, if Max want's a bill than send him yours. Send him your unpaid or outrageously expensive health care bills so that he can use his health company contributions which now number above three million just from the last year and a half since healthcare began debate in the the Kennedy H.E.L.P. committee so long ago. Well steven didn't include fax information or mailing information for Max on his show so I felt obligated to provide it for you right here. Here is his website, email, faxes for his offices, and the mailing addresses. As well as phone numbers for all of them.
After all Max says on his own website about getting grants for constituent problems.
"Although I am unable to influence the awarding of grant money, I can provide some resources you can use to find the funds you seek. I can also provide a letter of support, in most cases, which you can include in your grant application."
Well I'd say that any of us faxing in could use exactly that a letter of Max's support. On his own Bill once it makes it to the Senate floor for a vote, when it is given the public option existing in the other two Senate bills. Until then I'd love to hear what "resources we can use to find the funds we seek." other than Max's healthcare company campaign funds.
222 North 32nd Street
Billings, MT 59101
32 East Babcock
Bozeman, MT 59715
27 North Wyoming St
Butte, MT 59701
113 3rd Street North
Great Falls, MT 59401
(406) 452-1117 (TDD)
30 West 14th Street
Helena, MT 59601
8 Third Street East
Kalispell, MT 59901
280 E. Front St.
Suite 100 Missoula, MT 59802
122 West Towne St
Glendive, MT 59330
511 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-9412 (Fax)
Please use the fax below for schedule requests
(202) 228-1493 (Fax-Scheduling)
(800) 332-6106 (from MT)
(202) 224-1998 (TDD)Stephen Colbert had a brilliant idea last night on his show. Max Baucus says that he... more
The Senate Finance Committee withstood two attempts today to add a government-run public health insurance option to its compromise health care bill.The Senate Finance Committee withstood two attempts today to add a government-run... more
Rep. Honda and his allies want to allow illegal immigrants to pay for insurance, even if it comes through a government-established exchange.Rep. Honda and his allies want to allow illegal immigrants to pay for insurance, even... more
It has been a long, hard summer for the healthcare reform bill and Americans who have desperately awaited a verdict on the final status of the bill from Max Baucus' Senate Financial Committee. Now, the trimming and rearranging has concluded with all sides dissatisfied. Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont who serves on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee explains what the vaunted version of health care reform bill really offers and where people who hoped for real guaranteed health care must go from here.
You can see more at www.grittv.org.It has been a long, hard summer for the healthcare reform bill and Americans who have... more
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