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Grassley: Baucus Retiring Because He’s ‘Fed Up’ With Obamacare
National Review ^ | 5/10/2013 | Eliana Johnson

Posted on 05/12/2013 2:11:15 PM PDT by autumnraine

Democratic senator Max Baucus is retiring because he is “fed up” with the Affordable Care Act, according to his Republican colleague Chuck Grassley. Speaking at Friday night’s Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, Grassley told the audience the Montana senator is leaving office ”because he’s so fed up with the possibility of the implementation of Obamacare being a train wreck.”

Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, played a key role in writing the 2010 law.

Grassley said that dissatisfaction with the health-care bill exists across party lines, describing a “bipartisan coalition in Washington” that considers the implementation of the law a disaster. “It’s a shame that a trainwreck even left the station a couple years ago,” he added, referring to Baucus’s now-infamous statement of frustration.

The 79-year-old Iowa senator also used his remarks to inveigh against the Gang of Eight’s immigration bill. A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the legislation. Referring to the 1986 immigration act signed into law by President Reagan, which legalized millions of illegal immigrants, he said, ”I want you to know that we screwed up in 1986.”

He concluded, “Today, we have 11 million people who came into our country illegally. The lesson learned: You reward illegality, you get more of it.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Iowa; US: Montana
KEYWORDS: abortion; charlesgrassley; deathpanels; iowa; maxbaucus; montana; obamacare; zerocare
Did he vote for it?
1 posted on 05/12/2013 2:11:15 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: autumnraine

It would be nice if Baucus would man up and push for its repeal before he leaves, but I’m not going to hold my breath.


2 posted on 05/12/2013 2:13:21 PM PDT by Ronald_Magnus
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To: Ronald_Magnus

Why did he vote for a 2000-page bill without reading it?


3 posted on 05/12/2013 2:15:57 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: autumnraine

Typical lib. Creating a train wreck and then walking away from it. Eventually, he’ll move on to a new train wreck...


4 posted on 05/12/2013 2:16:52 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: CondorFlight

“played a key role in writing the 2010 law”

Go figure.


5 posted on 05/12/2013 2:18:19 PM PDT by berdie
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To: miss marmelstein

Maybe Baucus can team up with Barney Frank and start up their own Obamacare Finance Reform consulting firm and help fix the messes they created with their landmark accomplishments, both.


6 posted on 05/12/2013 2:26:15 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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To: autumnraine

I believe the sob voted for it.


7 posted on 05/12/2013 2:28:09 PM PDT by sport
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To: miss marmelstein

This is pretty sad. Creating a wreck and then walking away without fixing it is the act of a coward. I would like to see Democrats and Republicans take appropriate action to get rid of this horrible law. I would like to see the Congress start reading and explaining laws BEFORE they are passed, even if the laws take up 800 or more pages to read.

What scum we have representing us, especially the shameless Democrats like Pelosi who said something to the effect “Let’s pass laws and then find out what they contain as they are enforced.” This is the new policy is it not?


8 posted on 05/12/2013 2:30:49 PM PDT by olezip
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To: autumnraine

Wasn’t it “deemed” passé?


9 posted on 05/12/2013 2:30:54 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Deemed “PASSED”?

Cursed autocorrect.


10 posted on 05/12/2013 2:31:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: autumnraine

You betcha Baucus voted for it.
ALL demonic-rats voted for it.


11 posted on 05/12/2013 2:35:44 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: BenLurkin
This is probably right, inadvertently..

It has been deemed passe to read a piece of legislation prior to voting on it. :)

12 posted on 05/12/2013 2:36:31 PM PDT by berdie
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13 posted on 05/12/2013 2:37:01 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: olezip

Libs always create messes and then walk away from them. They supported Stalin, Mao and Ho Chi Min and when that didn’t exactly work out, they moved on to the Sandinistas and Chavez. Sometimes they even blame Republicans when their schemes do not work out.

David Horowitz is brilliant on this subject.


14 posted on 05/12/2013 2:39:19 PM PDT by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

Can’t stand and fight for what’s right good riddence!
What is he afraid he will be seen as wrong! People are wrong at time but have the strength to right whats wrong!
Godd Effin Bye!


15 posted on 05/12/2013 2:50:00 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: autumnraine

Fed up?

More likely, he skedaddling before the s*it hits the fan when Obamacare becomes more fully implemented in 2014.


16 posted on 05/12/2013 2:55:41 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: autumnraine
A lot of California Liberals are leaving California because they are 'fed up' with California, too.

So, how does that help the situation? All it does is pollute the states where they move and further infest. It doesn't solve the California problem and it makes the problems worse in the places they've move to.

My guess is Baucus has suddenly realized Montana streets have lampposts, and he doesn't want to decorate one. So he is exiting stage left before the train goes off the tracks and before the proletariat of Montana realize just who to "thank" for their awful misery.

He may be a Democrat, but he has an instinct for self-preservation. If he's smart, he'll find a nice, very isolated farm up in Blaine Country, dye his hair and grow a large moustache and lose 50 pounds, quietly go off the grid, and change his name.

17 posted on 05/12/2013 3:01:06 PM PDT by Gritty (Our masters in Washington are afraid of a populace which cannot be subdued by tyrants-Jeff Cooper)
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To: autumnraine

Judas Baucus got his payment. He’s only sorry he didn’t hold out for more.


18 posted on 05/12/2013 3:05:00 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Ronald_Magnus

Baucus, like every other liberal, will never say Obamacare is a bad law, but that it was not implemented by the right people and that it did not have enough funding.


19 posted on 05/12/2013 3:07:12 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: autumnraine

When Obama’s people hear the word Obamacare, they think “FREE” healthcare. Once they discover how much they have to pay for it, and how much more difficult it is to get healthcare, there will be political consequences galore. The cowards want to jump ship early, and beat the rush.


20 posted on 05/12/2013 3:25:03 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

“Baucus, like every other liberal, will never say Obamacare is a bad law, but that it was not implemented by the right people and that it did not have enough funding.”

Reminds me of something I’ve heard in the past. “Sure Hitler was evil and a mass murderer but he had the right idea. He just went about it the wrong way.” Or words to that effect.


21 posted on 05/12/2013 3:50:06 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: pallis

“Once they discover how much they have to pay for it, and how much more difficult it is to get healthcare, there will be political consequences galore.”

The Republicans will suffer the political consequences. The Dems and their media mouthpieces will blame inadequate funding due to the Republicans failing to tax the rich. The sheeple will believe the lie and continue to vote for more government. Unless of course the Republicans will stop being willing accomplices and man up.


22 posted on 05/12/2013 4:11:26 PM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: autumnraine
Did he vote for it?

Yes, but he only voted for it so he could see what's in it.

23 posted on 05/12/2013 4:19:50 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: autumnraine

Hi was a substantial input into the creation of the thing.


24 posted on 05/12/2013 4:22:08 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: autumnraine

Maybe Max is leaving because Pelosi drank up all the booze in D.C..


25 posted on 05/12/2013 4:41:13 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Soul of the South

“The sheeple will believe the lie...”

That is the crux of the matter. The pubs could run around in their under drawers shouting the truth and it won’t make a whit of difference as long as the media continues to peddle carp and the people believe it.


26 posted on 05/12/2013 5:08:46 PM PDT by berdie
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27 posted on 05/12/2013 5:13:02 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: berdie

Baucus’ big complaint has not been with the bill itself, rather with the implementation of it, which is what he has characterized as a ‘train wreck.’


28 posted on 05/12/2013 5:28:05 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: RobinOfKingston
Baucus is weaseling.

The implementation is part of what he voted for and contributed to. Too darn bad that he didn't think things all the way thru.

And as stated upthread...when the loyal minions discover that it ain't free for most people and they will be penalized for not having insurance...or worse yet their employer cuts them to part-time to avoid the benefit..all hell might very well break loose.

That, imho, is why he is fleeing his position and probably moving to Costa Rico.

29 posted on 05/12/2013 5:44:00 PM PDT by berdie
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To: berdie
It has been deemed passe to read a piece of legislation prior to voting on it. :)

Heh, by Democrats, anyway.
Well played!!

30 posted on 05/12/2013 5:54:50 PM PDT by SuziQ
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