Eight years ago, before he was President Obama’s ambassador to China, Max Baucus was the senior Senator from Montana and Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. It was this body whose task would be to shepherd the Affordable Care Act through committee, strike the necessary deals to get the sixty votes needed, and get Obama’s first term signature accomplishment passed through Congress.
In fact, it was Baucus who at the Obama Administration’s urging spiked the Public Option from the final bill, much to the ire of progressives. Back then, Bernie was quoted as saying ““[Is he open] to single-payer?” Not in a million years.”
Just eight years later, after Bernie’s historic campaign which mobilized public opinion on the subject, Sen Baucus is singing a different tune. “My personal view is we’ve got to start looking at single-payer,” Baucus said, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. “I think we should have hearings … we’re getting there. It’s going to happen.”
Senator Baucus, we certainly could have used your support when you were in a position to actually get it pass but we will take his endorsement just days before Bernie introduces his Medicare for All bill.