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 Healthcare.gov. 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
Foreign Relations with Egypt
Sodomized by Putin over Syria
Fast and Furious
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 Healthcare.gov 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.