Wednesday, October 23, 2013

He Didn't Know?


He didn't even KNOW?

 President Barack Obama didn’t know of problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website — despite insurance companies’ complaints and the site’s crashing during a test run — until days into its now well-documented abysmal launch, the nation’s health chief told CNN on Tuesday.

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted that there is concern in her department and the White House over the technical debacle surrounding the Obamacare website rollout, saying “no one could be more frustrated than I am and the president.”

The site was supposed to make it simple for people to search and sign-up for new health care policies starting on October 1, but instead it’s been clunky and, at times, inoperable.

“We’re not at all satisfied with the workings of the website,” Sebelius said. “We want it to be smooth and easy and let consumers’ compare plans.”

Okay look, I wasn't terribly surprised at the rollout of  What they wanted was complicated and from what I'm hearing from the contractors, multiple architecture changes were added at late moments, and many of the parameters for the system weren't delivered by HHS to the software coders until after the election, which seems ridiculous to me but evidently makes sense from a political standpoint.

But that's no longer even the issue.  The issue is that Sebelius KNEW this thing wasn't going to work, and rather than go to her boss (who evidently prefers to read about his administration's screwups in the paper, rather than from the people responsible) she just went ahead and WENT WITH IT?


You are REQUIRING people to buy health insurance or they get penalized, and the place you set up so that they could do this doesn't even work? And you KNEW about it?  Why isn't Obama's foot seven feet up Sebelius' ass?  I've always known Obama's Administration is incompetent, but come on... can ANYONE BE THIS INCOMPETENT?

So... do we now put this on the list of other wonderful Obama Examples of Incompetence?

Balancing the Budget
Closing Gitmo
Foreign Relations with Egypt
Sodomized by Putin over Syria
Benghazi Security
Fast and Furious

and more...

UPDATE: Jay left an interesting comment.  Here's my response:

Jay, once again you prove that you are a reasonable liberal. I like that.  We're still figuring out what was going on with the White House, HHS, and the website.  I've heard two speculative things - one was that the HHS wasn't as involved with the website as the White House itself, and two - that many of the specifics for the rules of getting insurance weren't disclosed to the software developer until after the 2012 elections (why I have no idea.)  I find it more disturbing that this was a no-bid contract, to a company that had already screwed up not one, but two websites for the Canadian government. 

I disagree with you on the legal limbo of the detainees, at least as you framed it.  The legal problem is that these people are enemy combatants, not criminals.  Which means you can't just shove them into our legal system.  Not only that, but they aren't US Citizens, nor do the qualify as enemy soldiers by the definitions of the Geneva Convention.  Bush and Obama have both proved that if you let them go, they start being terrorists again.  I think the reason Gitmo is still open is because a bad case of reality hit the President.

Egypt - yes we did support a dictator for decades, because the enemy you know is better than the enemy you don't know.  Frankly Mubarak kept the peace with Israel, maintained good control over his fundamentalists, protected the Suez, and basically worked with us to make the Middle East much more stable.  And Obama threw Mubarak under the bus, knowing that the only political group organized enough and ready for elections was the Muslim Brotherhood.  Brilliant plan.

Syria - Please don't tell me you don't think Obama's handling of the Syria situation was competent.  First of all, we should never have been involved in the first place, unless we had done it two years before Al Queda operatives had gone in and gotten involved.  Obama stepped on his own crank, shocking his OWN staff with his red line for chemical weapons attacks.  Then after Assad actually did it, not once, but TWICE, Obama finally had to come forward and do something.  And instead of actually moving quickly in order to take advantage of military surprise and keep Assad from spreading his chemical weapons assets all over the country to keep them from being destroyed or at least the delivery systems from being eliminated.  And instead of doing what he did in Libya (violating the War Powers Act) he decided to announce to the world that he thought he should go in and do something (but not kill or attack Assad) but wanted approval from Congress - just like the law allows.  Excuse me, don't get me wrong, I'm glad he FINALLY wanted to obey the law, but seriously?  He wanted an excuse NOT to act.  And even better, he could still blame those darn Republicans (who were the most vocal about NOT getting involved.)  And THEN... then... Kerry stepped on HIS crank too!  And in comes Putin, who calmly bends Obama over a barrel and...

Benghazi.  No, we did not agree.  There are still unanswered questions. 1.  What was Stevens doing in Benghazi, without a full security detachment?  2.  Why were there so many CIA agents on the ground in Benghazi?  What were they doing?  3.  What was the timeline of events at the State Department and the White House after the attack started?  4.  Who gave the order for the security team in Tripoli to STAND DOWN, even before the attack ended?  5.  Who arranged for US Military Rapid Response teams in the Med to head back to the States for TRAINING on 9-11?  6.  Why on earth did the Obama Administration try very hard to change the narrative for this attack, blaming a stupid video that no one watched and only a half dozen had even heard of?  Wouldn't it have just been easier to blame Muslim radicals hating America?  It didn't even make sense!  And the more we learn, the more I suspect that Obama knew what was going on and this is one of the CIA's big screwups.

Fast and Furious  - You are incorrect about operations predating Obama's Administration.  Yes, there was a similar program under Bush - but it was done with the Mexican Government's knowledge (Fast and Furious was not) and none of the guns made it across the border.  We still don't know who came up with this program, much less decided to allow the guns to make it to Mexico.  Was it just incompetence?  If so, why not let us know the ATF made a mistake?  But no... Obama declared we couldn't get the facts due to EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE.  Heck, even Jon Stewart went nuts over that. 

Solendra - President Obama repeated multiple times during the campaign against Romney that Romney was evil for what he did at Bain Capital as a venture capitalist.  Clearly someone needs to look up the definition of "venture capitalist" and then wonder what you call a venture capitalist using tax payer dollars to gamble on a business instead of investors. 

Oh right... the NSA fiasco, and the IRS fiasco, and the State Department cover up of the US Ambassador to Belgium investigation where he was buggering little girls in a local park.  Oh and don't forget the Lightspeed fiasco.

Jay, look... I admire your heart. I really do.  I can even accept your opinion on the issues.  But how on earth can you still support this man as President of the United States?  Hell, as problematic as Bush was he didn't have even half this many scandals. 


  1. Kathleen Sebelius - Way over her head, but the requirement to make an account before browsing healthcare plans is what doomed the website to non-functioning status and that requirement was a last minute addition that I don't know the origin of.

    Closing Gitmo - Legal limbo of the detainees is the problem. Can't put them in our system and we can't ship overseas because no one wants them. Not sure what the answer is but the currant situation needs to change. this country should not have a prison we can stick people in for all time with no due process.

    Foreign relations with Egypt - We supported a dictator for decades in that country. There aren't many diplomatic moves after that that end in good relations no matter who is president.

    Sodomized by Putin over Syria - The purpose of the proposed strikes was to take out the chemical weapons. Strikes would have been an incomplete success as he surely could have hidden or protected some of them. The diplomatic way saves us a ton of money and gets them all, I don't understand the problem. I will give you that we dithered around without a clear strategy for way too long and that makes us look weak and indecisive.

    Benghazi security - No disagreement from me on administration incompetence but we've discussed this before and I think we both agreed that it probably wasn't Clinton or Obama' failure.

    Fast and Furious - Top down incompetence from the DOJ and the ATF and an equally idiotic cover up attempt, but I will say that operations ran from 2006-2011. At least some blame must go to the previous administration.

    You forgot Solendra and the NSA fiasco.

  2. Jay - I wrote a response, but it was too long for the comments section. Check the original article for the UPDATE!

  3. Kathleen Sebelius: I don't have anything to dispute in your assessment so I'll call this one an agreement.

    Closing Gitmo: My fear is that innocent people are getting placed in Gitmo for being in the wrong place at the wrong time by a rubber stamp tribunal and never getting out again because there is no due process or oversight.

    Egypt: We as a country have a history of supporting dictators that serve our interests and an equally long history of those policies coming back around to bite us in our collective dupa's. Are you really coming out in support of THAT policy?!?
    The list goes on...

    Syria: No, I don't think that our handling of Syria was competent. I think that Russia came up with a much better solution than we could because of their close ties to Syria. I'm just glad the Russian's did and you seem upset about it. We got the chemical weapons...all of them. Let's be happy about that.

    Benghazi: It doesn't make sense because you seem to be thinking of this whole situation as one big well thought out plan, it wasn't. It was a series of mistakes and system failures that had very little to do with the President. Please share with me what new information has come to light that makes you think that Obama through direct action is responsible for the deaths at Benghazi.

    Fast and Furious: The operation from 2006-2008 named Operation Wide Receiver was so similar to fast and furious as to be interchangeable, was a complete and abject failure that led to no arrests and supplied US firearms to Mexican cartels. I'm not sure where your getting that those guns didn't make it across the boarder...but they did, about 450 of them.

    I don't support Obama unequivocally, I just tend to come down on the Democrat side of issues more often than not and in my mind you can stack every scandal on this list together and it still doesn't equal the damage and cost of the unneeded war in Iraq.