Union wants tribal help on health care option
The Service Employees International Union is recruiting tribes in Montana to press for a public health insurance plan, The Hill newspaper reports.

The union is turning to tribes because of their close relationship with Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana). As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Baucus is overseeing bills to reform the national health care system and the Indian Health Service.

So far, the union has a "partnership" with the Fort Peck Tribes and is working on more agreements. The exact details of the arrangement were not reported.

According to the Hill, Baucus is leaning against public insurance due to Republican opposition.

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SEIU turns to tribes to pressure Baucus (The Hill 6/20)