Senator Max Baucus, one of the geniuses who perpetrated the ObamaCare disaster on America, just woke up and smelled the coffee. From the Associated Press:
“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama’s health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense.
Baucus is the first top Democrat to publicly voice fears about the rollout of the new health care law, designed to bring coverage to some 30 million uninsured Americans through a mix of government programs and tax credits for private insurance that start next year.
Baucus is up for re-election next year, and said to be in trouble, thanks to constituent displeasure with the health-care boondoggle he helped to write. The only thing better than blowing him out of office would be repealing ObamaCare before he goes. Speaking of which, the first of Barack Obama’s loyal union allies has broken ranks to call for the repeal of ObamaCare. From a statement by the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers:
Our Union and its members have supported President Obama and his Administration for both of his terms in office. But regrettably, our concerns over certain provisions in the ACA have not been addressed, or in some instances, totally ignored. In the rush to achieve its passage, many of the Act’s provisions were not fully conceived, resulting in unintended consequences that are inconsistent with the promise that those who were satisfied with their employer sponsored coverage could keep it.
These provisions jeopardize our multi-employer health plans, have the potential to cause a loss of work for our members, create an unfair bidding advantage for those contractors who do not provide health coverage to their workers, and in the worst case, may cause our members and their families to lose the benefits they currently enjoy as participants in multi-employer health plans.
For decades, our multi-employer health and welfare plans have provided the necessary medical coverage for our members and their families to protect them in times of illness and medical needs. This collaboration between labor and management has been a model of success that should be emulated rather than ignored. I refuse to remain silent, or idly watch as the ACA destroys those protections.
I am therefore calling for repeal or complete reform of the Affordable Care Act to protect our employers, our industry, and our most important asset: our members and their families.
Back to the Associated Press, where we find Senator Baucus wrestling with top ObamaCare commissar Kathleen Sebelius:
Normally low-key and supportive, Baucus challenged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Wednesday’s hearing.
He said he’s “very concerned” that new health insurance marketplaces for consumers and small businesses will not open on time in every state, and that if they do, they might just flop because residents don’t have the information they need to make choices.
“The administration’s public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade,” he told Sebelius. “You need to fix this.”
Responding to Baucus, Sebelius pointedly noted that Republicans in Congress last year blocked funding for carrying out the health care law, and she had to resort to raiding other departmental funds that were legally available to her.
The administration is asking for $1.5 billion in next year’s budget, and Republicans don’t seem willing to grant that either.
“I don’t know what he’s looking at,” Sebelius told reporters following her out of the room after Baucus adjourned the hearing. “But we are on track to fully implement marketplaces in Jan. 2014, and to be open for open enrollment.”
Those dratted Republicans and their cursed insistence on prudent government spending and personal liberty! This would all work great if they just authorized another few hundred billion zillion dollars in spending! Remember when con artists like Baucus, Sebelius, and Obama were trying to tell you ObamaCare would reduce the deficit?
As for what Baucus is looking at that might be making him (and more to the point, his constituents) nervous, it might be those ObamaCare sub-commanders crossing their fingers and hoping that the rollout isn’t “a third-world experience,” or small businesses turning away from the exchanges because the Politburo has already openly admitted that key functions won’t be online until 2015, or the admission – buried in Obama’s goofball budget proposal – that the People’s Glorious Revolutionary Health Care Exchanges will cost more than double their original projections, ballooning to $5.7 billion by 2014. That’s a lot of lettuce for a broken pile of junk that doesn’t work.
The roofers and waterproofers have it right. This has dragged on far too long already. Repeal ObamaCare now. The economy desperately needs that repeal – jobless claims are climbing once again this week, moving talk of a “recovery” further from hollow political rhetoric to outright delusion. Imagine the surge of free-market joy that would occur over the slain corpse of the rough beast that slouched from beneath Max Baucus’ pen!