Roundtable on the Democrats and Health Care

Roundtable on the Democrats and Health Care

By Special Report With Bret Baier - September 16, 2009


SEN. MAX BAUCUS, D-MONT.: I think there is a growing sense of inevitability. This bill is going to pass. More senators want to vote for health care reform that passes than not.

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER, D-W.VA.: I cannot agree with him on this bill. There is no way in the present form that I will vote for it.

SENATE MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL, R-KY.: It includes massive cuts in Medicare, tax increases on individuals and tax increases on business. I don't think that's a package that very many Republicans are going to support, but Senator Grassley and Senator Enzi can speak for themselves.


BAIER: Well, after eight months of work, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus still lacks a single GOP vote for his plan. Here is what the plan looks like, as we have reported tonight - $880 billion, mandates individual insurance coverage, excludes a government insurance option - that's a public option.

It also includes government-initiated non-profit co-ops instead of the public option, blocks illegal immigrants with I.D. verification, blocks federal funds for abortion, and reforms and reduces medical malpractice lawsuits in some form.

We're back with our panel. Those are the bullet points - Steve?

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