There you have it—Baucus (and Stark) every which way, offering hope or despair to friend and foe of health reform. It sure would be great if the media could remind the health politicos what they have previously said and clue us in when the signals change.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.