Baucus Describes Affordable Care Act as “Humpty Dumpty,” Prepares to Question Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
This coming week, The Senate Finance Committee chaired by Montana Senator Max Baucus will hold a hearing with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“She didn’t tell us last time about these problems, so tell us this time. Where are the problems? We want to hear it straight, we want it unvarnished, we want all the facts so that we know what to deal with. I’m a little, frankly concerned until this point that really, the discussions have not as been as forthcoming as they’d like to have been. Maybe others didn’t know themselves, but that in itself just raises a question.”
In the same interview, Baucus also said he was considering the option of delaying the individual mandate further, but that it was best to wait.
“Let’s just see how much of this can we put together. How much Humpty Dumpty can be fixed in the next month. If it looks like Humpty Dumptys not getting put back better together, then maybe we should start thinking about delaying the penalties. It’s not right to penalize people for mistakes that the government’s made.”
The hearings are set to begin on Wednesday at 10 a.m. eastern time in Washington D.C.
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