Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus Proposes Changes to Health Care Bill in Attempt to Gain Support

Reporting from Washington - In a bid to attract liberals and unify Democrats on his healthcare overhaul bill, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) today proposed to boost subsidies for financially strapped people who would be required to buy insurance.

We’ve said before and we’ll say it again: affordability of insurance is the central question in the health care debate on Capitol Hill.

And Senator Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has just released details about changes to his bill aimed at making insurance more affordable by making government subsidies for moderate-income people more generous.

Baucus made major concessions to Republicans: He dropped the "public option" for a government-run health plan; he tossed aside the mandate that employers provide health coverage; he cut the bill's cost and made sure it was all funded by revenue from within the health-care system; he stipulated that government funds would not go for abortion or to illegal immigrants; and he included efforts to curtail medical malpractice awards.