At least, this is one of the most transparently blatant instances of special interest favoritism I've seen in connection with the various health care proposals floating around out there. Senator Max Baucus (D [natch]- Montana) is proposing that union members be exempted from taxes on healthcare benefits.
Very interesting - especially considering that only about 15% of Montana's work force is currently unionized, which would make the Montana senator's proposal a pretty raw deal for the majority of his constituents. Maybe not all politics is local, after all.
(H/T: Ericka Andersen at the House Republican Conference)
Update: Glenn in the comments section writes:
"I am a native of Montana, born and reared on the HiLine. When I was on active duty and following retirement, Max was one of my senators. Let me tell you something about him that you may find interesting. Max is heir to the Sieben Ranch, located north of Helena. When my youngest was attending Havre Public HS in the mid nineties, Max came to the school. In a Q&A session, he was asked why he went into politics. The answer was, I couldn't find anything else to do. I guess being a working cowboy is somehow beneath him."