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Max Baucus compares Obamacare website to Humpty Dumpty

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Sen. Max Baucus compared the Obamacare website to Humpty Dumpty on Friday, signaling that the Montana Democrat might be interested in delaying the penalties in Obamacare if the site doesn't get fixed.

"If it looks like Humpty Dumpty's not getting put back better together, then maybe we should look at — start thinking about — delaying the penalties," he said in a phone interview with Montana radio station KYYA-AM. "It's not right to penalize people for mistakes that the government's made because the exchanges aren't working."

In April, Baucus expressed pessimism about Obamacare's implementation during a Senate hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, warning that it would likely be a "huge train wreck."

Baucus said during the interview that he was disappointed that Sebelius had failed to be forthcoming about the problems with the implementation process.

"We want to hear it straight, we want it unvarnished, we want all the facts so we know what to deal with,” Baucus said.

Baucus also suggested that Sebelius had demonstrated a certain level of incompetence due to the problems with the website.

"Why in the world didn't she know?" he asked. "It's her job to know."

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