By Julian Pecquet - 09/29/13 01:48 PM EDT
Former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean acknowledged Sunday that there are “going to be some glitches” with President Obama's healthcare law.
“I think there are going to be some glitches,” Dean told CNN's "State of the Union." “I wasn't a big supporter of this bill. But now that we're at D-Day, I'm looking forward to it.”
House Republicans voted early Sunday to delay the law by a year, saying it's not ready for primetime. Senate Democrats have vowed they'll reject a spending bill that includes a healthcare delay, setting the stage for a government shutdown starting Tuesday.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told CNN the law will create a “sticker shock” for young, healthy Americans who will have to subsidize older and sicker patients. He foresees many businesses ending their coverage, breaking Obama's promise that people who like their coverage can keep it and bankrupting the federal government as more and more Americans become eligible for subsidies.
“It's unworkable, it's unpopular, it's unaffordable for us as a nation. It's hurting jobs, it's hurting the economy, and … it's unfair,” Barrasso said, pointing to the administration's decision to delay the mandate that employers provide healthcare but not the requirement that people buy it.
Dean said Republicans are worried the law will prove popular over the long term, just like Medicare five decades ago.
“This is going to be a very positive thing for the public,” Dean said. “And I think you saw the desperation [in Republicans'] voice[s] about the fact that they realize that once this thing goes into effect, people are going to like it.”