Skip to comments.Grassley: Baucus Retiring Because He’s ‘Fed Up’ With Obamacare
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 nights Lincoln Day dinner in Iowa, Grassley told the audience the Montana senator is leaving office because hes 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. Its a shame that a trainwreck even left the station a couple years ago, he added, referring to Baucuss now-infamous statement of frustration.
The 79-year-old Iowa senator also used his remarks to inveigh against the Gang of Eights 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.
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.
Why did he vote for a 2000-page bill without reading it?
Typical lib. Creating a train wreck and then walking away from it. Eventually, he’ll move on to a new train wreck...
“played a key role in writing the 2010 law”
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.
I believe the sob voted for it.
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?
Wasn’t it “deemed” passé?
You betcha Baucus voted for it.
ALL demonic-rats voted for it.
It has been deemed passe to read a piece of legislation prior to voting on it. :)
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.
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!
More likely, he skedaddling before the s*it hits the fan when Obamacare becomes more fully implemented in 2014.
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.
Judas Baucus got his payment. He’s only sorry he didn’t hold out for more.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.
Yes, but he only voted for it so he could see what's in it.
Hi was a substantial input into the creation of the thing.
Maybe Max is leaving because Pelosi drank up all the booze in D.C..
“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.
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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.’
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.
Heh, by Democrats, anyway.