Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who is up for re-election next year and voted for ObamaCare back in 2010, is warning that implementing the provisions of the law he helped write could become a “train wreck” because businesses and those who would be eligible for coverage under the law don’t understand it:
He told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that people and businesses “have no idea what to do, what to expect” from the law.
“If the administration implements it correctly, millions more Americans will gain access to health care next year,” Baucus said. “I am concerned that not every state, including Montana, will have an insurance marketplace established in time.”
After the hearing, Baucus explained that the train wreck is “that consumers and businesses will just not have enough information. That it will be too confusing.”
He also expressed frustration that the White House and HHS are not providing details of its outreach efforts.
Baucus still supports the law, but the criticism is still significant. The process for applying for subsidized health insurance coverage is onerous, coming with a 61-page application and a litany of questions for regulators to ask. And with a number of states opting out of the exchanges, thanks to last’s year Supreme Court decision, the pressure is on the federal government to put exchanges of its own in place.
Back in December, Ben Domenech predicted that it was likely that the exchanges would be delayed. Based on what we’re seeing with the implementation efforts, and the subsequent concerns expressed by Baucus, the law could collapse under its own weight.
And even if the Obama Administration gets its act together on implementation and outreach, the ObamaCare is still a train wreck for Americans because, as has been documented here, it isn’t going to contain costs to taxpayers or the insured, many of whom could even lose or see their coverage altered thanks to the law.