Former Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has a special place concerning Obamacare's passage; he "drafted a substantial portion of the legislation and played a key role passing it through the Senate," according to a press release from the Senate Finance Committee released on March 23, 2010:
Americans have been fighting for health care reform for almost a century. We have now enacted into law the affordable health care system our country needs to be competitive in the 21st century global economy. Families and small businesses in Montana and across the nation will finally have the health care stability and security they deserve. This law brings the American people lower health care costs, protection from insurance company abuses, increased choice and marketplace competition," Baucus said.
"This law means a brighter future, not just for the health of our nation, but for the fiscal future of our country. Going forward, I am confident we can work together and act swiftly to enact improvements to the legislation signed by the President today."
The comprehensive health reform bill signed into law today, combined with the improvement bill the Senate will consider this week, will make the health care system more coordinated and efficient, resulting in lower costs and improved quality.
Today his Senate website still tells Americans that they won't soon forget the year Obamacare was passed:
Over the course of the last hundred years, there have been several defining pieces of legislation that have helped shape our society and have benefited millions of people. Now, after nearly two year[s] of hard work, families, individuals and small businesses will remember 2010 as the year health care reform was passed and we delivered a huge victory for Montanans and people across the nation.
Well, it's been four years since Obamacare passed, and Americans do seem to be remembering it. But, with premiums doubling for some - and millions of cancellation notices - Baucus has since resigned his senate seat to be our Ambassador to China, but not before saying that a train wreck was coming concerning Obamacare's implementation last year.
I am very concerned that not enough is being done so far-very concerned. When I'm home, small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect, they don't know what affordability rules are, they don't know what penalties may apply...
A lot of people have no idea about all of this.... I just see a huge train wreck coming down, and you and I have discussed this many times and I don't see any results yet. (Emphasis added.)
Again, here's to Obamacare. Celebrating four years of misery and more to come.