Senator: Our Obamacare Mistake Was That 'We Didn't Implement It Quick Enough'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 30, 2012 | 1:53 PM EDT

Asked about the unpopularity of Obamacare among his constituents, Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) proudly proclaimed, "If a mistake was made, it's that we didn't implement it quick enough."

He went on to suggest Democrats weren't done yet, predicting that "We'll be talking about health care for a long time to come."

In an October 20, 2012 Montana Senate debate, the moderator asked Sen. Tester the following question:

"Recent polls show that Montanans don't like Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act as you say, so how can you sell it to Montanans?"

In his answer, Sen. Tester said Obamacare should've been fully employed sooner:

"Bottom line is that, look: the healthcare bill extends Medicare for 8 years; it allows people that have preexisting conditions to get the healthcare they need.  If a mistake was made it's that we didn't implement it quick enough so people could get the competition of the pools and the kind of things that are in the healthcare bill.

"And if you take a look at what the Congressman's done outside of the Affordable Care Act like defunding women's health, title 10 clinics - which tens of thousands of women use that - by trying to make a voucher system out of the Medicare system, these things are not good for our seniors, they're not good for our women, and not good for our general population. I think the healthcare bill - we'll be talking about healthcare for a long time to come, make no mistake about it, and there will be changes and tweaks to it as we go but I think it was a step in the right direction."

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