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.
He pressed Sebelius to explain how her department will overcome entrenched misunderstandings about what the healthcare law does.
"Small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect," Baucus said.
Citing anecdotal evidence from small businesses in his home state, Baucus asked Sebelius for specifics about how it is measuring public understanding of the law.
Blog author's comments - Many of us knew Obamacare would be a 'train wreck'. I do believe Democrat Senator Max Baucus is attempting to cover for himself. He is up for reelection in 2014.
Obamacare will ruin the best health care system ever and will be a huge expense in increased insurance premiums for those who fund their own health care. This is too little too late Mr. Baucus, you were in the middle of this debacle and went along with it knowing what would happen. This is what happens when Barack Obama has full control. If anyone wants more harm inflicted upon America… vote for the Democrats in 2014. The voters with any intelligence will help the Republican Party maintain control of the House and attempt to win the Senate with the midterm elections.
I also will never forget or forgive Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, supposedly a conservative. He had the chance to remove Obamacare from law when it was heard by the SCOTUS. Roberts had the Obamacare balloon in his hands to burst...but he gently handed it back to Obama.