- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, a leading force in the creation of President Obama’s health care law, now says the health reform is at risk of falling under its own regulatory weight and that it’s becoming too complicated to properly implement.

“[The law] is so complicated and if it isn’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse,” he said, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

His statements came in context of criticizing managers of the program, including the acting Medicare director, for their sluggish policy implementation, the Washington Examiner said. If the system isn’t quickly built — and properly constructed — the foundation would crumble and confusion over how to implement it would get worse, the West Virginian said.

“I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,” he said, as quoted in the Washington Examiner. “Tax reform obviously has been huge, too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension.”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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