Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben Baucus2020 Dems pose a big dilemma for Schumer Steady American leadership is key to success with China and Korea Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate MORE (D-Mont.) indicated Friday that he believes the Congress can accomplish healthcare reform without the option of a public plan.

Liberal blog ThinkProgress asked Baucus on Friday whether it would be possible to pass a plan without a publicly-financed option, along the model preferred by former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean.