Everything is on the table except what’s not (video)

Sen. Max Baucus, Chair of the Finance Committee announced last week: “single-payer option is not on the table because it cannot pass”. A week earlier, a rally, co-sponsored by one of the main advocates of single-payer system, CNA/NNOC took place on Capitol Hill. Hundreds of nurses, doctors and health care reform advocates gathered to express their opinion on the health care issues.


  1. care4all on May 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    BAUCUS HAS MADE A DEAL WITH THE INDUSTRY. He inadvertently admits this at 8:33 in the video above.

    Here’s part of the transcript from the video:

    BAUCUS: I think everything is going to stay on the table, but big portions will be modified and sculpt. One example is the public option. You know, that’s a hot button. And I do suspect a version will be there. NOW, BY SAYING THAT, I DON’T WANT TO FRIGHTEN PEOPLE, PARTICULARLY ON THE INDUSTRY INDUSTRY SIDE, SAY, “OH-OH, HERE THEY GO. BAUCUS HAS SAID PUBLIC OPTIONS,” AND, YOU KNOW, THE DEAL IS OFF. All I’m saying is there are ways to skin a cat, there are ways to find solutions, there are ways, I think, to do this, ultimately, in a way that’s acceptable.

    RITTER: Politicians have to stop taking money from the insurance companies, and right now they’re saying it’s not politically feasible because they’re still taking money from that big industrial-medical complex, from pharmaceuticals and insurance companies.’


LINDA ALLISON: My name’s Linda Allison. I work for one of the large corporations here. But I talk to a lot of people about health care. My question is: so many people go bankrupt using their credit cards to pay for healthcare. Why have they taken single-payer off the plate? And why is Senator Baucus on the Finance Committee discussing health care when he has received so much money from the pharmaceutical companies? Isn’t it a conflict of interest? http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=3719&updaterx=2009-05-28+11%3A55%3A13