Max Baucus' (D-Mont) "train wreck" comment on April 17 to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has received much attention and commentary, especially by critics of Obamacare. Sen. Baucus comments at a routine Finance Committee Meeting have been heavily publicized because he is one of the architects of Obamacare. Displeased with the public's confusion about Obamacare, Baucus admonished that the administration must do a better job of informing people about the law's healthcare benefits and how it will work. He told Secretary Sebelius:
“We certainly take outreach and education very, very seriously.” Secretary Sebelius replied. The following week Secretary Sebelius commented:
Of note is that detractors of the healthcare law have worked tirelessly to block funding for administrative costs, which includes the Health and Human Services budget for publishing and disseminating obamacare information.
Senator Baucus later released a statement, which expounded and clarified his concerns about the healthcare law implementation:
“This is a good law but it can’t work if people don’t understand it,” Senator Baucus said. “I hear from people on the ground in Montana that they are confused about the health care law. For the insurance marketplaces to work, people need to know their options and how to enroll. I want families’ lives to be easier, and I want small businesses to focus on job creation, not confusion. The administration must use every day between now and October 1 to have insurance marketplaces up and running.”
The Senate Finance Committee elaborated further in a press release, which says in part:
With merely months left before the health care law's implementation, there seems to be little information and a lot of confusion about the benefits and process to apply for health coverage, which is the reason for the alarm bells. Check back regularly as obamacare.com will publish factual Affordable Care Act information for concerned citizens.