Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday that he agrees with fellow Democrat Max Baucus that the Affordable Care Act will be "a train wreck" if not properly implemented.
"Max said unless we implement this properly it’s going to be a train wreck and I agree with him," Reid told radio host Rusty Humphries.
Reid was referring to what the Montana senator had told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius two weeks ago at an April budget hearing.
"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Baucus said. "You and I have discussed this many times, and I don’t see any results yet."
Reid blamed Republican opposition to the health care law as the reason the administration hasn’t spent enough money implementing the law.
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"Here’s what we have now: We have the menu but we don’t have any way to get to the menu," Reid said, according to a report on The Hill
Reid explained to a caller to the radio show that President Barack Obama will take money from less-important aspects of Obamacare in order to educate the public about the law.
"I wish we had the money just to do this on its own, but he’s agreed, he’s determined he’s going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important in the healthcare bill and put it on letting you and others know what’s in the bill. And what they can do to either accept parts that would be helpful to them, or not," Reid said.
Reid said he is still a strong supporter of the healthcare law overall.
"I believe that a country of our size, the only superpower left in the world, it’s not right that we have 50, 60 million . . . people with no health insurance," Reid said. "We have a program where health insurance shouldn’t go to the people that are rich, people who are upper-middle class.
"I believe the middle class and people who are below the middle class deserve to go to the hospital when they are sick. You shouldn’t have to declare bankruptcy when you have a traffic accident or some dreaded disease hits your family," he said.
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