“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.