Obamacare Unraveling Continues. Author Predicts “Train Wreck.” Roofers Union Calls for Repeal

Obamacare, Sen. Max Baucus, Trainwreck

First there was the embarrassing assertion from Sen. Max Baucus that the hilariously-named Affordable Care Act was headed for a “train wreck.” From the Washington Times:

A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Obama’s health care law stunned administration officials by saying openly he thinks it’s headed for a “train wreck.”

Sen. Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, delivered his tough-love assessment of efforts to implement the Affordable Care Act during a budget hearing that featured Health and Human Services SecretaryKathleen Sebelius.

From the outset, the senator’s terse and pointed questions made it clear that he did not think her agency had done enough to implement key pillars of the law by 2014.

He also said he is “very concerned” by the lack of information among small business and accountants who are “throwing their hands” up over the law.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Mr. Baucussaid Wednesday. “You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet.”

 

Not that he’s wrong, of course. It’s just that it’s a bit jarring to hear this from the guy who essentially wrote the bill. Apparently, he’s hoping that no one will point that fact out to voters come 2014 when he’s up for re-election. I’m sure that the unelected dems that sometimes call themselves “journalists” won’t be mean enough to mention it, but he shouldn’t count on that forbearance from his Republican opponent. He could try claiming Alzheimer’s, amnesia or mental illness, but I don’t think he’ll get the same sympathetic treatment that might have greeted Ashley Judd.

Now, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers has reportedly called for the scheme’s repeal. From the Washington Examiner:

The health care law is prompting some serious buyer’s remorse in Big Labor, which worked hard on behalf of the administration to pass it.

The story goes on to quote from the union’s statement.

“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.

I hate to be that girl who says “I told you so,” but we did. You were warned and you voted for this lying, jug-eared, cultural Marxist braying jackass anyway. Is it mean to quote Barack Obama’s spiritual advisor of 20 years, the anti-Semitic, racist Jeremiah Wright? I think not. Chickens come home to roost.

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