Baucus plan offers more of the same
(just a "lite" label)
Democrat Senate Finance Chairm Max Baucus released his committee's version of health care "reform" a few days ago, but in the end it pleases pretty much no one.
Liberals don't care for it because it doesn't openly ram a government run system through in the light of day. I suppose they don't like the idea of having to try and hide what they're really up to?
As for conservatives, the reasons to oppose it are a good bit more obvious...
TheWSJ does a good job of suming it up:
To sum up, the Baucus-Obama plan would increase the cost of insurance and then force people to buy it, requiring subsidies. Those subsidies would be paid for by taxes that make health care and thus insurance even more expensive, requiring even more subsidies and still higher taxes. It's a recipe to ruin health care and bankrupt the country, and that's even before liberal Democrats see Mr. Baucus and raise him, and then attempt to ram it all through the Senate.
And therein lies the primary problem of any Republicans getting on board at this point with a "bi-partisan" proposal. Before it's over, a committee proposal has to get through the full Senate...and then it will inevitably be made even worse in a conference committee with the liberals from the House of Representatives. Which means that the final product would look a whole lot closer to the current House version than anything most Americans would prefer to see become law.