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Pompeo to Obamacare author: Attacking law’s implementation won’t save you in 2014

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., described Obamacare’s implementation as a “huge train wreck” yesterday, but a Republican lawmaker suggested today that such criticism of the law won’t help him avoid a voter backlash next year.

“I was shocked because you wrote this bill,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., wrote to Baucus today about his comments. “You drafted it, you twisted arms to get it passed, and, until now, you have lauded it as a model for all the world.  Your attempts to pass the buck to President Obama’s team will not work, nor will they absolve you of responsibility for the harm that you have brought via this law.”

Baucus scolded Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday for her implementation of Obamacare regulations that pertain to small businesses.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Baucus said during a committee hearing. “You and I have discussed this many times and I don’t see any results yet.”

The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein attributes the criticism to the fact that Baucus has a reelection campaign next year in a state that Mitt Romney won handily.

“Though the race is still considered to lean in his direction, if the implementation of Obamacare goes as disastrously as many expect, it could put him at risk,” Phil wrote yesterday. “Because his fingerprints are all over the law, Baucus cannot really run away from it. So what’s happening now is that Baucus is laying the groundwork to blame any failures on implementation, rather than design.”

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