Architect Of ObamaCare Flees Senate, Runs For His LifeSubmitted by Diamond Dog on Tue, 04/23/2013 - 16:06
ObamaCare passed in 2010, but it continues to exert a political gravitational pull on Democrats. On Tuesday, six-term Sen. Max Baucus announced he will retire at the end of his term in 2014, rather than seek reelection in deep-red Montana. He is the sixth Democrat to announce his retirement this year, increasing the odds of a Republican take-over of the Senate.
While Baucus faced a competitive race for reelection, he had amassed a $5 million campaign war-chest and hadn't yet been challenged by a top-tier GOP candidate. Baucus had even broken ranks with his party on gun control, suggesting to many observers that he was preparing for a reelection campaign.
The most likely factor in his decision to retire is the looming implementation of ObamaCare. As Chair of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, Baucus was a chief architect of Democrats' overhaul of the health care system. Baucus recently rued that ObamaCare is headed for a "huge train wreck."