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Evan Bayh: ‘Far left’ wants Obamacare to fail to make room for bigger government program

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Former Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., who retired rather than seek reelection in 2010 after voting for Obamacare, said that the political “far left” wants the law to fail in hopes of replacing it with a “more expansive, government-centered program.”

“The far left may not want to solve some of the problems because they really would prefer to have a more expansive government-centered program,” Bayh said yesterday on "Fox News Sunday," after repeating the Democratic refrain that “the far right doesn’t want to solve some of these problems. Because they want the bill to fail.”

(Aside: "Meet the Press’ " David Gregory scolded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for referring to Obamacare as a “bill” even though it has passed into law — “You support the democratic process; this is not a bill,” Gregory said last Sunday. Bayh’s use of the offending term, in light of the difficulties President Obama faces in implementing the law, might underscore that even some Democrats suspect that their victory on that issue is not a conclusive one.)

Bayh’s comment came in a discussion of growing union opposition to Obamacare, which will “shatter ... the backbone of the American middle class” by cutting the 40-hour work week to 30 hours, according to leaders of three of the largest unions in the country, a policy that could lead employers to drop the health care coverage they have historically provided to union workers.

Bayh didn’t propose a solution. “The subsidy for people in larger companies and union-run plants, that’s a tougher nut to crack,” he said, before defending the employer mandate delay. “So, the administration is trying to find some sensible middle ground here and delay may make some sense because it is better to wait than have a train wreck.”

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