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Baucus: "Less Need" for Public Plan Option With Private Insurance Reforms

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A video of Senator Max Baucus and Senator Chuck Grassley looking like a pair of love-struck teenyboppers turned up on the New York Times website on June 7th, but little was made of Senator Baucus's comments suggesting that a public plan wasn't necessary. 

The interview with John Harwood shed light on Senator Max Baucus's inclination to cave on the public health care plan option.

Here are some telling words from the sellout Democrat from Montana (minute 6:20): "Now some suggest that maybe this other, so-called public option is necessary to keep insurance companies feet to the fire. That's the argument that we hear around here. My point is that there is less need for that...if we really do a good job reforming the health insurance industry."

Noooo. You failed us, Baucus. You failed America. In opposing a public plan and committing yourself only to enforcing better regulations, you are keeping the door cracked open for the insurance companies to survive the public outcry for a public plan option. You are keeping America hooked on the heroin whose proceeds fund your campaigns. You are forcing us to remain paying a middle-man and wastefully bloating our health care costs!

Besides, you keep the private insurers in the game and make a show of enforcing new regulations this year, don't you Baucus? Then you ease off them a little next year, don't you Baucus? The insurance industry stays strong and gets stronger. They whittle away at your stupid "health care reforms" until they are meaningless. 

Senator Baucus, do what you will do. Support the private insurance industry over your own constituents, small business owners and over the well-being of America.

But remember, God is watching you. He is in the secret place of your heart, where you keep your lies and your deceit so neatly hid from the cameras and reporters who always surround you. You are a man easing himself into corruption as one gets into a hot tub. Grassley is beyond all hope. Grassley sits next to you, stewing in corruption. Happily covered in corruption. But you have not yet sinned on health care reform. You know that over 95 percent of the people who voted for you and the large Democratic majorities in Congress support a public plan option, and you are uncomfortable in this video because you minimize them saying, "Some suggest..." You are uncomfortable because you know you are going to ignore the "some," who are 75 percent of Americans, and vote for corporate insurers.

You could still do the right thing. You could still be a great man. A bigger man than campaign contributions and money. But you fell prey to everything that the Bible warns of, and you are on track to becoming simply a pathetic sellout.  Should you give up your soul for money on this issue at this time in America's history, I hope that justice splits across your head like a falling tree. I hope it knocks you to your knees in shame and remorse. I hope that you realize before you die that no one will ever visit your grave with flowers and thank you with tears in their eyes because you saved them from the living hell that so many Americans endure because of our health care system. 

I wish these things on you because I see the lie in your eyes in this video and I know the hell that people live in America because of politicians like you. I know that when you are "99 percent" sure you are going to appease a tyrant like Senator Chuck Grassley, that the rest of us out here are screwed. 

And finally, Senator Baucus, I think you should work out a very rich deal with the insurance companies for this stunt you are pulling for them and take it and resign after this term so we can elect someone who will actually steer America toward prosperity and a brighter future. You are taking us backwards, setting us up for another catastrophic economic meltdown and seeing only the display of power and wealth exhibited by the insurance industry. 

It's sad because you don't see what makes America wonderful. The home-cooked meals, the nights on the lake, the low-hanging sun over Christmas tree farms and vacant fields in the evening; the Little League baseball games, the fishing expiditions and the love of a simple family.


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