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Keeping Single-Payer Off the Table

May 29, 2009

Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, claims everything is on the table regarding health care reform, but adds that a “single-payer” system is the one plan that is not on the table, and his stance has drawn angry responses from some groups of nurses and doctors.

"Single-payer option is not on the table because it cannot pass," said Baucus, D-Montana, arguing that it would waste political capital and time when it’s urgent to enact some health-insurance reform.

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Baucus, a major recipient of campaign donations from the health industry, also acknowledges that the industry is upset with even a having a public insurance option as part of the reform package. Baucus calls this a “hot button” and says it may have to be “sculpted” to meet the industry’s concerns. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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