Retiring Virginia Democratic Sen. Webb: Healthcare bill ‘great regret’

Retiring Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., said Monday charged that President Obama’s handling of the sweeping healthcare overhaul unnecessarily caused a great deal of fear in the country.

The Virginia Democrat, in a wide-ranging interview on MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown,” told host Chuck Todd that it was his “great regret” that the Obama administration scared Americans with a large bill that lacked direction.

“My great regret on that is I believe the whole healthcare issue could have been handled differently by the administration and over here [in the Senate],” said Webb, who is retiring after just one term. “I think the way that the process was put forward without a clear set of principles from the administration caused a lot of fear in the country. We had five different committees boiling down 7,000 pages of contradictory information at a time when the country was in a recession and people were talking about this other stuff.”

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