Baucus Health Care Bill Leaves Committee

The Senate Finance Committee passed Max Baucus' $829 billion health care reform bill by a vote of 14-9. The bill has no public option, and was certified by the CBO to lower the deficit. Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, the only Republican to vote for the bill, reiterated that she is dead-set against any public option. The ranking Republican on the Committee, Chuck Grassley, said that Democrats rebuffed and defeated Republican efforts to be involved. Grassley did not explain what changes to the bill the Republicans sought. 

The bill now goes to the Senate. It will be interesting to see how the Republicans react, because the ball is in their court.


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