Dan Morain

Dan Walters

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 1E
Last Modified: Sunday, May. 5, 2013 – 7:22 am

Rep. Ami Bera, one of two Democratic physicians in the House, doesn’t want Obamacare to fail.

But the freshman member of Congress is worried about President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.

“I have been consistently concerned about the cost of care going up,” said Bera, a former chief medical officer for Sacramento County and an assistant dean at UC Davis medical school.

Then there is Obama himself, speaking at a press conference last week: “The main message I want to give to the American people here is despite all the hue and cry … if you’ve already got health insurance, then that part of Obamacare that affects you, it’s pretty much already in place. And that’s about 85 percent of the country.”

Maybe Obama is right. Perhaps we’ll all be happy that our kids can remain on our policies until they’re 26, that preventative care such as colonoscopies and mammograms are free, and that we can buy coverage despite pre-existing conditions.

I worry that Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat who wrote much of the Affordable Care Act, was right when he confronted Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary, at a hearing last month.

“I just see a huge train wreck coming down,” Baucus said to the glee of the Republican National Committee, which happily circulated a video of his comments far and wide.

Three years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans who aren’t confused take a dim view of Obamacare. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll last week found that 42 percent of Americans don’t know that the act remains the law of the land, while a Quinnipiac University poll last month found that voters disapprove of Obamacare by a 46 percent to 41 percent margin.

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