Stressing the need for more time and funding, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, will be a “train wreck” if it is not implemented properly.
“Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck and I agree with him," Reid said, referring to fellow Senator Max Baucus (D-MT).
Reid blamed uncooperative Republican lawmakers for not allowing the administration to use more resources on the health care reform law. Reid made the comments during a recent segment on “The Rusty Humphries” show.
“Here’s what we have now, we have the menu but we don’t have any way to get to the menu,” Reid said in the interview.
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Reid also said the Obama administration will be forced to take funds from less crucial parts of the law in order to educate the public and lawmakers on exactly how Obamacare will and will not change the health care industry.
"I wish we had the money just to do this on its own, but he’s agreed, he’s determined he’s going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important in the healthcare bill and put it on letting you and others know what’s in the bill. And what they can do to either accept parts that would be helpful to them, or not," Reid said.
The estimated 10-year cost of the Affordable Care Act is $1.1 trillion. What’s left to be seen is whether the bill will, as supporters claim, reduce the countries health care costs in the long run. Legislators behind the bill claim that by eliminating trillions in health care costs caused by America’s current health care system, the act will reduce the national deficit by $200 billion during its first 10 years, and by over $1 trillion over the next 20 years.
For reasons like this, combined with Reid’s belief that all Americans have a right to health care, Reid continues to still support the bill despite current funding issues.
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“I believe that a country of our size, the only superpower left in the world, it’s not right that we have 50, 60 million . . . people with no health insurance," Reid said. "We have a program where health insurance shouldn’t go to the people that are rich, people who are upper-middle class.
"I believe the middle class and people who are below the middle class deserve to go to the hospital when they are sick. You shouldn’t have to declare bankruptcy when you have a traffic accident or some dreaded disease hits your family," he said.