Baucus: Public Option Not Likely to Survive

No big surprise here, but at this stage of the game it’s worth keeping tabs on what all the key players are saying. Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus says a public option probably isn’t gonna make it.

“I’m not sure if public option is going to survive, frankly,” Baucus told a crowd in Missoula today, saying a co-op system is much more likely.

Baucus has been fairly mum on his own preferences since handing over the fate of health care reform to the now-defunct Gang of Six. Though he once endorsed a public option, his committee walked away from the measure long ago, and a Finance Committee staffer told me last month that the proposal that eventually emerges from the Finance Committee will represent what Baucus believes can survive the Senate.

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