WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A top Senate Democrat is comparing the problems facing Obamacare to a children’s nursery rhyme.
In an interview with KYAA, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., called President Barack Obama’s signature health care law “Humpty Dumpty.”
“I think it makes better sense, let’s just see how much we can put together, how much Humpty-Dumpty can be fixed in the next month,” Baucus said. “And 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.”
Baucus did tell KYAA, though, that the Affordable Care Act should not be delayed despite the website problems.
“I think that’d be premature. I just don’t think that makes sense right now,” Baucus said. “I think it’d be better to go ‘Okay, let’s make what we have work, make it work better.’ We may get to a point later where maybe a delay is more appropriate, that might be the better judgment, but I don’t think we’re at that point yet. Let’s just keep working with what we got.”
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee wants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to be more forthcoming when she testifies next week.
“You didn’t tell us last time about the problems, so tell us this time. What are the problems?” Baucus states. “We want to hear it straight.”
CBS News reported Thursday that only six people enrolled through the Obamacare website in the first 24 hours when the website launched Tuesday, Oct. 1. By the end of Wednesday, Oct. 2 there were 248 enrollments.
The goal is for 7 million people to sign up by March 1 as the administration needs enrollments to average 39,000 per day to reach the goal.
Total numbers have yet to be released.