Sen. Harry Reid: More public education needed for Obamacare

May 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the Affordable Care Act needs more funding to educate the public about their options, or it could become a "train wreck."

The Senate majority leader said Wednesday the government lacks the resources to help the public choose health insurance plans, echoing statements made by Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., last month, The Hill reported.

"Max said unless we implement this properly it's going to be a train wreck and I agree with him," Reid said during an appearance on The Rusty Humphries Show.

He said the government isn't spending enough money to implement the Affordable Care Act because of Republican opposition to the program. He said President Barack Obama is shifting funds from other parts of the law to educate people.

"The president is taking money, I wish we had the money just to do this on its own but he's agreed, he's determined he's going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important in the healthcare bill and put it on letting you and others know what's in the bill," Reid said.

Reid said he still supports the law despite his criticisms.

"I believe that a country of our size, the only superpower left in the world — it's not right that we have 50-60 million people ... with no health insurance," he said. "We have to have a program where health insurance shouldn't go to people who are rich, people who are upper-middle class. I believe the middle class and people below the middle class deserve to go to the hospital when they're sick."

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