“Train Wreck”

Those are the words now associated with the implementation of Obamacare:

Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Wednesday he fears a “train wreck” as the Obama administration implements its signature healthcare law.

Baucus, the chairman of the chamber’s powerful Finance Committee and a key architect of the healthcare reform law, said he fears people do not understand how the law will work.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” he told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a Wednesday hearing. “You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.”

Baucus pressed Sebelius for details about how the Health Department will explain the law and raise awareness of its provisions, which are supposed to take effect in just a matter of months.

“I’m very concerned that not enough is being done so far — very concerned,” Baucus said.

Baucus is a red state Democrat facing a tough re-election, so it’s somewhat unsurprising that he would take the Obama administration to task in advance of his re-election fight. Still, it is notable that he would make the comments he has made. And hey, it’s not as though concerns about the implementation of Obamacare are misplaced.

  1. Nick Stuart

    They had to pass the bill to find out what is in it. 

    A “Train Wreck,” who could possibly have predicted it? 

    As Bud Abbott might have said “What a revolting development.”

  2. Fricosis Guy

    Nice to know now Max. There’s more stable cleaning yet to do in the Senate, Montana. Let’s see if you can do better than in 2012.

  3. Western Chauvinist

    No one should misunderestimate the Delegator-in-Chief. Not even Congressional Democrats. 

    “How’s the view from under the bus, Nancy? Harry? Max? Kathleen?”

    Obama knows if you never do anything except campaign and play golf, you can’t be held accountable for the train wrecks that ensue. Duh!

    President Chauncey Gardiner.

  4. Richard Fulmer
    Pejman Yousefzadeh

    Baucus pressed Sebelius for details about how the Health Department will explain the law and raise awareness of its provisions, which are supposed to take effect in just a matter of months.

    “I’m very concerned that not enough is being done so far — very concerned,” Baucus said.

    It appears that Baucus is trying to throw Sebelius under the bus.  The implication of what he said (at least in this excerpt) is not that there is anything wrong with the bill that he helped write, it’s that the HHS hasn’t explained it properly and has not done enough to implement it.

    It will be fun to see how the key players try to avoid blame.  In the end, I have no doubt that they will attempt to lay it all off on Republican “obstructionism.”  It will take some mental gymnastics but no doubt the MSM will aid and abet them in the endeavor.

  5. SpinozaCarWash

    If only there were a way to foresee problems with a bill that was 2700+ pages long, that restructured 1/6 of the economy, and that no one in Congress read before voting for it!

  6. Nick Stuart
    Richard Fulmer

    Pejman Yousefzadeh

    Baucus pressed Sebelius for details about how the Health Department will explain the law and raise awareness of its provisions,

    It appears that Baucus is trying to throw Sebelius under the bus.  

    Exercising “tooth level surveilance” (HT Mark Steyn) makes Kathleen a very busy Secretary.

  7. tabula rasa

    The only thing that’s news about the Baucus comment is that a senior Democrat (who was complicit in the whole thing) has now publicly admitted what most Americans have known all along.

    I spent a lot of years in a large, bureaucratic corporation.  To its credit, if it had been unrolling an internal change or a product that turned out this bad, they’d have killed it two years ago.

    I like this military metaphor:  Never reinforce defeat.  

    Anyone think Obama will say “my bad” and try to develop a health policy that will actually help people?  Zero chance.

  8. Richard Stewart

    The irony here is so thick you can cut it with a knife! Baucus’ irritation with Sebelius is pathetic, because his ill-defined, train-wrecked-by-design law is turning out to be, well, a trainwreck. Apparently she needs to get with the program so he can go back to looking good.

  9. Crow

    Please, please tell me somewhere there is a Republican strategist who isn’t completely useless who is cutting together the video of the promises that Obama has made over and over again about PPACA, and intersplicing those images with Max Baucus images from the hearing with his quotes that this is a train wreck. 

  10. Z in MT

    This is classic Baucus.

    About two years before reelection Max Baucus turns into a right winger, voting against gun bills, calling Democratic policies train wrecks, etc.  Then when he is reelected he forgets all that and goes back to his main job of providing highway funds for MT.

    Last time Baucus ran the MT Republican party was so incompetent it allowed a former Green party nutcase that wanted to throw away the constitution and change the US to a parlimentary system to win the Republican primary so Baucus could win with about 70% of the vote.

    Don’t hold your breath for 2014 if getting rid of Baucus depends on the competency of MT Republicans.

  11. grotiushug
    Gouverneur Morris: If only there were a way to foresee problems with a bill that was 2700+ pages long, that restructured 1/6 of the economy, and that no one in Congress read before voting for it! · 3 hours ago

     

    If only Bicycle Repairman were here!

  12. Innocent Smith

    I have voted against Baucus a few times…  Here’s hoping that the tough reelection ends in his defeat.  Montana is a red state with a whole bunch of blue-state imports messing it up.  What a shame.

  13. CuriousKevmo

    I feel bad for Sebelius’ dog.  That had to be a rough evening.

  14. Mister Dog
    Z in MT: Don’t hold your breath for 2014 if getting rid of Baucus depends on the competency of MT Republicans. · April 19, 2013 at 5:22pm

    My fear about Begich in Alaska also. The state Republican party is in total disarray and Marky Mark is already running hard. 

  15. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    When laws are badly written and badly implemented, everyone tries to throw everyone under the bus.

    Richard Fulmer

    Pejman Yousefzadeh

    Baucus pressed Sebelius for details about how the Health Department will explain the law and raise awareness of its provisions, which are supposed to take effect in just a matter of months.

    “I’m very concerned that not enough is being done so far — very concerned,” Baucus said.

    It appears that Baucus is trying to throw Sebelius under the bus.  The implication of what he said (at least in this excerpt) is not that there is anything wrong with the bill that he helped write, it’s that the HHS hasn’t explained it properly and has not done enough to implement it.

    It will be fun to see how the key players try to avoid blame.  In the end, I have no doubt that they will attempt to lay it all off on Republican “obstructionism.”  It will take some mental gymnastics but no doubt the MSM will aid and abet them in the endeavor. · April 19, 2013 at 3:25pm

    Edited on April 19, 2013 at 3:26pm

  16. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    Indeed. Alas, Nostradamus is dead and according to the Obama administration, that means we can’t have nice things.

    Gouverneur Morris: If only there were a way to foresee problems with a bill that was 2700+ pages long, that restructured 1/6 of the economy, and that no one in Congress read before voting for it! · April 19, 2013 at 3:33pm

  17. Richard Stewart

    Just saw an NY Times report that Baucus will not seek reelection.”Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin…”Perhaps?

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