In a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, Senator Baucus seemed to be echoing the sentiment of businesses and retailers on the lack of information surrounding implementation of President Obama’s healthcare law. Enrollment begins in less than 6 months and as Senator Baucus said today, businesses “have no idea what to do, what to expect.” As RILA has been saying for months, the Administration needs to release the regulations they are going to hold employers to. There is extreme concern among retailers that when reporting rules are finally released, employers will not have ample time to plan, budget and implement changes in order to comply with the new IRS requirements. Read the article from Politico below.
Politico: Max Baucus worried about health law 'train wreck'
Full article: http://politi.co/11w3Alz
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, one of the health reform law's chief authors, says he’s worried about a “huge train wreck coming down” if the Obama administration doesn’t improve its public outreach about the legislation.
Baucus, a Montana Democrat who is up for reelection in 2014, sharply criticized the administration’s outreach efforts in a budget hearing on Wednesday. He told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that people and businesses “have no idea what to do, what to expect” from the law.
After the hearing, Baucus explained that the train wreck is “that consumers and businesses will just not have enough information. That it will be too confusing.”
He also expressed frustration that the White House and HHS are not providing details of its outreach efforts.
“My main concern is that when I ask them for information about the navigators … that I don’t get anything back,” Baucus told reporters.
"We need data," Baucus said. "You never give me any data. You give me concepts, frankly."
Sebelius said there will be no polling, testing or benchmarks to measure how much people know about the law.