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.

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  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