Tea Party groups claim victory over Baucus, ObamaCare

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" 'Train Wreck' Sen. Baucus has joined the growing list of politicians retired by the Tea Party Patriots," she said.

Baucus made the comment to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusAligning clinical and community resources improves health Sebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University MORE during a hearing Wednesday.

"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," he said of healthcare reform. "I'm very concerned that not enough is being done so far … Small businesses have no idea what to do, what to expect."

The statements reverberated widely and became a rallying cry for Republican lawmakers and other critics of the Affordable Care Act in the last week.

On Tuesday, another Tea Party group sought to raise funds from Baucus's announcement, claiming that conservatives could replace him with the "next Ted CruzTed CruzTrump phones Senate holdouts on GOP healthcare bill A bipartisan consensus against 'big pharma' is growing in Congress Cornyn: GOP won't delay ObamaCare repeal vote MORE and Rand PaulRand PaulTrump phones Senate holdouts on GOP healthcare bill Cornyn: GOP won't delay ObamaCare repeal vote GOP senator: Leadership trying to 'jam' through healthcare bill MORE."

"You might know Sen. Baucus, as he played a key role in shaping President Obama's landmark healthcare law, ObamaCare," Tea Party Express told supporters in an email.

"This is a great opportunity to take this Senate seat."

Baucus is the sixth Senate Democrat to announce his retirement this cycle.