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White House Had a Bill to Bypass Baucus

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Posted on May 15 2010 10:20 am
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The Washington Post reports that when it was unclear if Senate Democrats would be able to craft a healthcare bill, the White House had prepared its own bill to bypass Senator Baucus and his Senate committee:

Early in the month, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gathered a small team to secretly begin drafting a White House bill. If Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus didn’t move soon, Emanuel wanted to be ready with a measure to send directly to the Senate floor, bypassing the committee. He calculated that the simple act of putting together a rival blueprint might be enough to jolt Baucus into action.

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