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Even The Obama Administration Confesses They're 'Pretty Nervous' It Could Be 'A Third-World Experience'

 

Sen. Baucus (D-MT): 'I Just See A Huge Train Wreck Coming Down'

SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): 'I just see a huge train wreck coming down,' 'People are going to be really confused,' 'you've hired a contractor… that's going to be money down the drain' "I'm a bit Johnny One-Note on implementation of the law, especially with respect to signups and exchanges, et cetera, and am very concerned not enough is being done so far. Very concerned. … I understand you've hired a contractor. I'm just worried that that's going to be money down the drain because contractors like to make money more than they do like to do anything else. That's their job. They've got to worry about their shareholders and whatnot. And also, all the other agencies are all involved. People are going to be really confused. And maybe give some thought to one-stop shopping somehow, so you go to one location - a business person - one location, get the answers. I just tell you, I just see a huge train wreck coming down." (Finance Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 4/17/13)

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): "I'm of the belief that the ACA is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by United States Congress… it worries me, because it is so complicated. And if it isn't done right the first time, it'll just simply get worse." (Finance Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 4/19/13)

HENRY CHAO, CMS Official On Obamacare Exchanges: 'I'm pretty nervous… Let's just make sure it's not a third-world experience' "…Henry Chao, a CMS official who's overseeing the technology for the exchange launch. Chao was frank about the stress and tension of the compressed time frame involved in setting up the exchanges. 'We are under 200 days from open enrollment, and I'm pretty nervous,' he said. … 'Let's just make sure it's not a third-world experience.'" ("HHS Working On Contingency Plans In Case Exchanges Not Ready In Time," The Commonwealth Fund Newsletter, 3/14/13)

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