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Democrat Sen. Max Baucus Raises Concerns About Obamacare

A lot of Democrats expressed their iffy feelings towards Obamacare when it was initially presented to the public, but most of them have mellowed out since then. Regardless of whether they’re really on board with the plan now, or they’re simply opting not to make waves, you don’t hear too many loud voices from President Obama’s party complaining about his health care law anymore.

Unless you spend a lot of time with Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Max Baucus, that is.

"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," he told Kathleen Sebelius during a budget hearing on Wednesday.

Baucus noted that while he was obviously supportive of the idea that 30 million uninsured Americans would now be covered, the manner in which Obamacare was being implemented didn’t sit well with him.

"The administration's public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade," he said to Sebelius. "You need to fix this."

Sebelius, for her part, fought back by pointing out that the reason why the Obamacare team hasn’t been able to launch an effective public information campaign on its benefits is because the GOP blocked funding for it last year. Additionally, she questioned whether this would be a problem in 2013 as well.

Despite the somewhat surprising intensity displayed by all involved at the meeting, little figures to change because of it. Republicans will still make funding for Obamacare a pain. Democrats will continue to push through with it, no matter what. Short of everyone universally agreeing to fully support affordable health care for all, things will continue to operate as they have up to this point. 

Sources: The Hill, Powerline


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