Skip to comments.Max Baucus, author of Obamacare, admits he never read his own bill
Posted on 08/25/2010 9:56:47 AM PDT by markomalley
During the debate over what later became the health care bill that was recently signed into law by President Obama, a number of federal representatives and senators both admitted that they had not read it. Some, including Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) even boasted of this fact. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) famously stated that we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.
Presumably the actual people who wrote the bill might have at least some idea what was in it. Unfortunately that isnt the case with Max Baucus (D-Mont.), lead sponsor of the Senate bill that became law. He admitted as much Monday during a constituents meeting in the small Montana town of Libby, as reported by the Flathead Beacon, a local newspaper.
According to Baucus, the idea of him reading a bill allocating nearly $1 trillion of federal funds is a waste of time:
The visit by Sebelius, following a town hall-style meeting earlier that day in Missoula, was part of an effort by Baucus to show the health secretary some of the needs of rural states, and to defend and explain the controversial health care reform effort Democrats recently passed.
Weve got a long way to go, but weve made great progress here, Baucus told the crowd of about 40 gathered at Libby City Hall. [...]
Judy Matott asked Baucus if he would work to improve Libbys image, and then asked him and Sebelius, if either of you read the health care bill before it was passed and if not, that is the most despicable, irresponsible thing.
Baucus replied that if Libby residents assembled an economic development plan, he would do what he could to help, and he took credit for essentially writing the health care bill that passed the Senate.
I dont think you want me to waste my time to read every page of the health care bill. You know why? Its statutory language, Baucus said. We hire experts.
In response to Matotts question and another from a woman asking if the health care law was Constitutional, Baucus gave a broad defense of the changes, comparing them to programs like Social Security and Medicare that were unpopular when passed but have proven beneficial to Americans over the long term.
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, is greeted by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regional Administrator Jeff Hinson, right, after a town hall meeting with Sen. Max Baucus in Libby.
Its not perfect, nothings perfect, but Im telling you, maam, its a good start, Baucus said. Mark my words, several years from now youre going to look back and say, eh, maybe it isnt so bad.
Dont think so, Matott replied.
Sausage making is starting to look good by comparison.
Apparently both MT and AZ love their local idiots.
The obvious question is how can you write a bill and not know what’s in it?
Should be grounds for impeachment and removal. What about it, Montana??
This should be a HEADLINE on every major media outlet across the nation!
I’m actually shocked that he told the truth — at least about not reading the bill.
But Freepers on this thread are correct: this should be a headline across the country and a rallying cry for Republicans to run for the REPEAL of this stupid act.
Can he even read?