By Ramsey Cox - 04/25/13 02:50 PM EDT
Republicans have been using the words of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who said in a committee hearing last week that he sees “a huge train wreck coming down” as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.
“Well, I agree with [Baucus]. I think just about everyone in my conference agrees with him,” McConnell said. “But here’s the difference — this is not some grand revelation to Republicans. We’ve been saying this since day one.”
McConnell said he is hopeful that, as the law takes effect, more lawmakers will realize it was a mistake that will raise healthcare costs for middle class families.
“I hope more will join us in repealing it in its entirety, root and branch,” McConnell said. “I am optimistic we’ll see more common sense take root in the days to come. As the country learns more about this law and the harm that it’s causing families, businesses and taxpayers, I suspect we will.”
The Affordable Care Act has already ensured that people with pre-existing conditions are not denied healthcare, allowed people younger than 26 to stay on their parents’ insurance plans and reduced costs of preventive care for women. But Republicans have argued that the legislation will harm the economy and reduce job growth because of employee insurance mandates, which have not yet taken effect.