Breaking news this morning is that long-time Montana Democrat Senator Max Baucus won’t be running for re-election.
— Aaron Flint (@aaronflint) April 23, 2013
That’s interesting because it was just last week that Baucus was warning of an Obamacare “train wreck.”
A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Obama’s health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it’s headed for a “train wreck.”
“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama’s health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense.
Baucus is the first top Democrat to publicly voice fears about the rollout of the new health care law, designed to bring coverage to some 30 million uninsured Americans through a mix of government programs and tax credits for private insurance that start next year.
The six-term Democrat is also expected to face a tough re-election in 2014. Baucus is still trying to recover from approval ratings that nosedived amid displeasure with the health care law in his home state.
Baucus’ candor about Obamacare makes a lot more sense now that he doesn’t plan on being on the ballot.