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Senator Baucus’s Montana constituents are downright hostile about Healthcare Reform

Max Baucus2Baucus Battered By Voters For Health Care Stand     
By Ryan Grim for Huffington-Post

Sen. Max Baucus got some not-so friendly advice from his Montana constituents last week as he works to reform the health care system: You’re doing it all wrong. Baucus, the chair of the Finance Committee and the leader of reform efforts in the Senate, scheduled 20 town hall meetings with constituents across the state to talk about the future of health care. The Senate was out of session, but Baucus, a Democrat, didn’t personally attend. Instead, he sent staff and a video-recorded message.

“I really want to hear from all of you,” Baucus said on the video, according to local media. “You’re my employers. You’re my bosses. You’re the people I work for. I’m just the hired hand. I want to hear what you want to see in any legislation we pass in Washington, D.C.”

He got what he asked for.

Five separate accounts of the meetings, published in four different local papers, show Montana voters were downright hostile to Baucus’ reform proposal. Baucus has been a staunch opponent of single-payer health care, a system in which the government would provide universal coverage.

Baucus has kept single-payer advocates out of negotiations and has yet to endorse a compromise proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that would give Americans the option of buying into a publicly run plan that would compete with private insurers.

That stance put his staffers up against a wall, facing angry constituents fed up by what they viewed as a lack of courage in Washington.

“Majority wants single-payer health care,” headlined an account in the Helena Independent Record.

Lets us hope that Senator Max Baucus (Health Ins & Pharma Whore) will listen his 900,000 “bosses” from his home state!   He certainly is not listening to anyone else…   With the exception of the health insurance and pharma industries… 

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NowCall, write, fax or e-mail all your representatives and tell them they need to support Single Payer  HR676.    LINK

Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “don’t respect” his performance!   And, he is representing the country not one state in Healthcare reform!  Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

AndAnd one moreCall President Obama at the White House (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111) and tell him what a mess Senator Max Baucus is making arresting Doctors and Nurses…  then remind him he said, “everyone would have a seat at the table”, tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW! 

Visit the Healthcare-Now and  the Physicians for a National Health Program web sites to learn more!

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