Max Baucus

So What Happens If There's No Climate Bill This Year?
September 01, 2009

The chances of global-warming legislation passing through the Senate before the end of the year are looking increasingly bleak. Onlookers had been expecting Barbara Boxer and John Kerry to introduce a comprehensive climate and energy bill on September 8, shortly after Congress returned from recess.

From a Position of Strength
August 31, 2009

WASHINGTON--President Obama can still secure major health care legislation this year if he learns from his mistakes in recent months and spends more time reminding Americans why they were once eager for fundamental change. His White House lost sight of the need to make a strong case that reform would deliver specific benefits to the insured as well as the uninsured.

In Which I Triple Down on Kennedy, Health Care
August 28, 2009

Okay, in for one blog item, in for three... The emerging CW on Kennedy and health care is that his death either doesn't change or worsens the Senate math because the people who hold the key votes--Republicans and moderate Democrats--don't hail from states where there's much of an outpouring of goodwill. As my colleague Mike Crowley puts it today, subbing in for the apparently human (who knew?) Mike Allen in Politico's "Playbook": Will there be a “Kennedy effect” that pushes health care through? Not likely.

More on the Administration's Drug Deal
August 25, 2009

What kind of deal did the administration and Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus make with the drug industry? And was it a good deal? I (try to) answer those questions in an article that appears in TNR's latest print edition--and is running on our (new!) home page today. As I note, albeit briefly because of the print edition's space constraints, three other articles advanced this story before I came along. One was a New York Times article, in which PhRMA chairman Billy Tauzin first spilled the beans about a key concession his group had secured.

Drug Deal
August 25, 2009

How Big Pharma extorted the White House.

Max Baucus Was for a Deadline Before He Was Against It
August 23, 2009

I just returned from a week long vacation, so my apologies if this has been covered. The worst news of a terrible week is that Max Baucus is even more pathetic than I thought, and believe me, I had set the bar extremely low. A few weeks ago, Max Baucus told his committee that if he had not reached a bipartisan agreement by September 15, he would go ahead and push a vote through his committee anyway. I hailed this as huge news.

Chuck Grassley's Just Not That Into You, Max Baucus
August 20, 2009

The contrast between Chuck Grassley's increasingly obvious signals that he has no intention to support health care reform and Max Baucus's insistence that negotiations are absolutely fine is making Baucus look increasingly pathetic.Grassley has been railing against a fictitious "government takeover" of health care and fanning fears of "death panels."He stopped participating in Gang of Six negotiations during the August recess because of a supposedly packed schedule. And now he's saying as explicitly as you can that he no longer supports reform at all: Sen. Charles E.

Chuck Grassley's Just Not That Into You, Max Baucus
August 20, 2009

The contrast between Chuck Grassley's increasingly obvious signals that he has no intention to support health care reform and Max Baucus's insistence that negotiations are absolutely fine is making Baucus look increasingly pathetic. Grassley has been railing against a fictitious "government takeover" of health care and fanning fears of "death panels." He stopped participating in Gang of Six negotiations during the August recess because of a supposedly packed schedule. And now he's saying as explicitly as you can that he no longer supports reform at all: Sen. Charles E.

Exclusive: Time To Vote Enzi Off The Island?
August 06, 2009

President Obama just finished a meeting with the six senators now at the center of the health care reform narrative. Three Democrats, three Republicans, all of them from the Finance Committee and all of them trying, in theory, to do what four other congressional committees have already done: Report health care legislation to the floor. The Gang of Six, as they’ve become known, have been negotiating for weeks, fighting over everything from taxes to public insurance options. And they've managed to blow through every deadline, whether imposed by themselves or somebody else.

The Guns Of August
August 02, 2009

How the White House can survive the cruelest month.

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