In Montana, Mike Dennison, a state house reporter for Lee Newspapers, has been writing about what he calls the “familiar mantra” of Sen. Max Baucus, who says everything is on the table except single-payer. “America is not ready for single-payer,” Baucus told reporters the other day. “We’re not Europe; we’re not Canada. We’re Americans. I think this country does not want single-payer.”

Perhaps now the media have an opening to do some investigating on their own to find out whether Baucus is right.

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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.