Donuts for Health Care

By Caitlin Taylor

Jul 29, 2009 1:14pm

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Reporters have spent weeks sitting during the day in front of Sen. Max Baucus Senate office as inside the bipartisan health care negotiations proceed. Details on the talks have been scarce as the Senators have agreed that they would not speak publically on any part of their health reform proposal until they have hashed out the entire thing. Today, Committee staffers tried to tamp down reports of a possible deal. They must be in a somewhat better mood now; staffers brought out donuts for the reporters waiting outside. A New York Times report included details about negotiators snacking inside the closed-door meetings. One of the treats were chocolate covered potato chips called Chippers – furnished, no doubt by North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad – led to joking complaints by reporters that: 1. Health reform, which is to include incentives for healthier eating, is being hashed out over junk food and
2. Reporters were not getting any junk food. So today's presentation of donuts by Committee staffers widens the junk food ring from health reform negotiators to health reform reporters.

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