If the name “Max Baucus” rings a bell to you and you’re not a political junkie or Montana resident, it’s probably because he is the gentleman who, as the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was responsible for making sure the Affordable Care Act did not include a “public option,” which would have allowed Americans to obtain health coverage directly from the government rather than private insurers. Progressives did not like him.
Here’s what the now-retired Baucus said a Montana State University event on Thursday, per the Bozeman Daily Chronicle:
“My personal view is we’ve got to start looking at single-payer,” Baucus said Thursday night at Montana State University. “I think we should have hearings…. We’re getting there. It’s going to happen.”
Not just a public option, but total single payer, aka government-funded universal coverage.
Now that this guy lives in the real world, government provided healthcare looks good to him.