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The Baucus Plan
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Max Baucus has unveiled his own attempt at health care legislation aimed at drawing broad support, but it’s hard to see where the constituency is for this proposal. Though less expensive than other proposals, it still would reportedly cost about $900 billion over 10 years and include subsidies for individuals as well as a massive expansion of Medicaid. After months of trying to come up with a way to finance the legislation, his big solution is to tax insurers as well as high-end health care plans. The tax on insurers would almost certainly be passed directly on to consumers, while the tax on plans is vehemently opposed by unions who have negotiated generous health benefits for their members, often instead of salary increases. Meanwhile, the proposal doesn’t include a government-run plan, but instead uses the co-op model that is viewed suspiciously by conservatives who see it as a “public option” by another name and skeptically by liberals who view it as a sellout to the insurance industry. Save Olympia Snowe, it’s hard to see any Republicans getting behind the Baucus proposal, and it looks like a complete non-starter among the left.

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