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Co-author Of Affordable Care Act Foresees "Huge Train Wreck"

04/18/13

  10:25:16 am, by MedBen5   , 204 words,  
Categories: News, Health Plan Management

Co-author Of Affordable Care Act Foresees "Huge Train Wreck"

“The administration’s public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, I think, deserve a failing grade. You need to fix it.”

That quote comes from Senator Max Baucus (D-Mt.), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, speaking to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a committee meeting yesterday. The accusation is somewhat surprising coming from a Democrat – and even more so when one knows that Baucus was one of the architects of the health care reform law.

In his comments, the senator said he was “very concerned that not enough is being done so far” to educate Americans about coming changes under the law, such as the health insurance exchanges which begin open enrollment in October. “I just see a huge train wreck,” he added.

Sebelius responded that the Obama administration takes outreach and education “very, very seriously.” She said efforts are underway to address the concerns of small-business owners and to organize a public outreach campaign for the summer.

“We also understand that people have a lot of questions, and are deploying as many resources as we can to answer those questions and get folks ready,” she said.

Read more about the exchange at The Washington Post.

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