Sen. Max Baucus (D-N.D) has put out a white paper proposing substantial health care reform next year as part of the 111th Congress. While not a piece of legislation (yet), Baucus’ proposal is important because he is the Senate Finance Committee Chairperson. That means Baucus controls a substantial portion of money that Congress appropriates every year. If he is putting forth the beginning of a serious health care reform plan, that means it’s likely Americans will see changes after next year. It’s also worth noting that Baucus is a pro-corporate DLC-type Democrat. This white paper is an amazing piece of progress for such a Senator. It’s not single-payer, but it’s actually a little more comprehensive than what Sen. Obama was proposing on the campaign trail.