In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama’s top economic aides were getting worried. Larry Summers, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, and Peter Orzag, head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was “up to the task” of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality. Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war
Comments: Long WaPo piece, one of many to come fed by insiders trying to CYA...
I dont´ even need to read this long lie. It will make it sound like The One was let down by his staff, who were actually trying to construct a working healthcare system, and cover up the actual fact: Obamacare is meant to fail miserably, destroy the insurance companies, and end up being such a horrible mess that there´s only one answer-- single payer, run the by federal government. Oh, and God help you if you vote Republican, because you will just not get the same care as if you voted Democrat.
I read about a bunch of paranoid tyrants trying to push for total takeover but afraid of being seen as that. So they had to sneak around so much because of the ba-a-a-ad Republicans lurking around every corner. That´s why they did such a horrible job trying to pass 10,000 new regulations, reshaping a sixth of the economy. It´s the Republicans fault. Take the blaming of Republicans out of this article and it takes on more meaning.
...can´t believe I read it all. Shame on you Republicans for making it so difficult for them to pull the wool over our eyes...
...out here in the real world, FIRE the CEO for being so inept and thank you WaPo for reminding us why the gov´t can´t be allowed to be in charge of 17% of the economy. They have NO IDEA of what to do...
...I´m ready for good old Joe to be a place setting for a couple of years...
A dumb article, sounds like it was written by eleven year olds. There are all sorts of classic dynamics in large project, large organizations, and this project ran afoul of a bunch of them, about as surprising as ants at a picnic.
Tonight I saw a lady doctor who said she had read the entire health care act. It took her over 13 hours. Anything that complicated cannot be implemented. It is just impossible.
Why were the President and his people trying to do the impossible? Because the President did not know any better. Not knowing anything he does not see any impediment. He thinks if he orders something be done it can and will be done. He is intent on bringing about the governing principles he learned as a child.
We told Clinton we did not want the health care act Hillary was working on. We told Obama we did not want his. I hope we can recover after this falls apart and never have to say it again: We don´t want it!
The media and the left have been pretty successful at spinning and lying their way out of other Obama mishaps and boondoggles.Fast and Furious was a right wing conspiracy lie,among many others.Only 3 people got killed in Benghazi compared to thousands in Iraq.Who cares if Stevens many requests for security were ignored.It was caused by republican budget cuts.
Nowthey´re up to their a** in alligators tryingto spin and lie their way arud Obama´s Obamacare lies.They wuld loveto say Obama knew nothing about millions osing their insurance under the ACA.
If we had an honest media,they would be curious about what else has Obama lied about since being in office.These people´s brains have been trained to believe the end justifies the means.How we got to national healthcare doesn´t matter,it´s still an accomplishment.
Oh please. To say that Obama administration was afraid of the Republicans is laughable. With the media in their back pocket, there was no need to be afraid. I believe their progressive mindset was their undoing. They live in la la land. Reality rarely makes an appearance there. They believe if they believe hard enough things will magically happen. Why throw so much money on the green boondoggles when time after time they are proven to be utter failures. Obamacare is no different. They want everyone to have health care. Therefore if they pass it, it will just automatically work. These people are naïve ideologues who don´t have a fully functioning brain between them. They are stuck in a juvenile mindset and reject all reality. They are just really not that smart. They only thing they excel in is the game of politics and an ignorant and disinterested public make that possible.
Sooo, fellow libtards on an Economic Council and the OMB foretold libtard incompetence. Amazing that these mucky muck libtards with their elitist degrees foretold what the paeons already knew with an 8th grade education.
An article which shows the complete incompetence of this administration. As you read it, do as one of the comments says, whenever you read about the GOP´s opposition, read justifiable criticism. The comments I looked at were are opposed to Obamacare.
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Wizard of IS, 11/3/2013 7:43:46 AM (No. 9596076)
After describing a three year long Chinese Fire Drill and blaming it all on the Republicans, the WAPO´s concluding sentence describes the Obamacare launch thusly, "Yet on that day, using a simplified demonstration application, the Web site appeared to work just fine."
So the next question is; How does Obie escape this one ? He´d need something working perfectly very quickly and that can not happen. They´ll need to demolish and start from scratch, more or less. The rotten infrastructure assures no quick fixes. Dems fighting for their jobs and reputation may be forced to ask for and support repeal......or face a decade of irrelevancy for the liberal cause.
There are many amateurish reasons for the failure of this clustercluck that any private industry CEO would have avoided from the outset: 1) Changes of management and responsibility in the middle of the project. 2) Expecting IT resources to program it before critical decisions were made. 3) Using people who were involved in the earlier Clintonian failure of the same attempted takeover of healthcare. 4) Giving Sebelius 200 clueless people and no money or decision-making authority. 5) Not testing the individual pieces of the system as a whole. 6) Involvement of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi in the decision-making process. I would sooner have input from a poodle. 7) Planning in secret so the nasty republicans would not know what was going on. 8) Hiring a disreputable IT firm for reasons of cronyism and affirmative action.
There were regular progress meetings at the White House since 2010. How could Obama not know that failure was inevitable? If they needed to keep it all secret, wasn´t that the first glaring clue that it was not going to be popular with anybody?
It is actually a very good article, well-deserving of its "Must Reads" placement.
The article doesn´t say that Republicans were at fault. It points out clearly that White House paranoia over what the Republicans might do next caused the administration to make stupid mistakes. It was easier to kick the can down the road than face the reality that they were in over their heads. And yes, they hid it from the President in the last few days, showing him a simplified version of the Website, so the stupidly thought it was working
Come on guys. Obama had no idea that the web site was fatally flawed, nor did he realize that he had been lying to the American people repeatedly for 3 years. He heard about it all on the news just like we did.
If you read the article it is clear the blame rests with the WH trying to control things they had no knowledge of. I lived this quote FTA, "for months beginning last spring, the president emphasized the exchange´s central importance during regular staff meetings to monitor progress. No matter which aspects of the sprawling law had been that day´s focus, the official said, Obama invariably ended the meeting the same way: " All of that is well and good, but if the Web site doesn´t work, nothing else matters." Again FTA, "on Dec. 19 (2012), Obama met with roughly a dozen senior WH and HHS officials, including Sebelius. They discussed important policy issues, such as how to persuade more young healthy Americans to sign up for insurance. But the president had a deeper message. The health-care law, he told the gathering, according to participants, was "the most important thing" in his presidency. " We´ve got to do it right." Do these quotes make it sound like the president can claim ignorance? He had regular updates, and planning meetings all along after the passage of the bill. He even kept Dem supporters in Congress out of the information loop. The blame goes straight to the top for this fiasco.
Always worried about those pesky republicans. Sounds like a guilty conscience re the strict party line vote, the fast one they pulled to stop Scott Brown from blocking, etc. More consensus might have allowed them to stop looking over their collective shoulders.
The idiot dems should have know better than to let Obama task himself with this. Hint: the sealed college records. The only things Obama is good at are: campaigning, lying, cheating at elections. Alas, his elementary school science project crashes and burns, lol.
I see big psychological reasons this will never fly: the way they passed it; exempting themselves; the failure to launch; increased costs to citizens. They will keep up the denial for a very very long time. Single payer cavalry all allude to won´t fix it either-too much damage already done from failed launch.
This law was never about improving healthcare, it was about transforming the US from a two party democratic republic to a two bit fascist despotism. To that end, it has been fabulously successful. Obambi as used this law to issue to trash the other two branches of the goobernment and render them useless. He has issued exemptions, delays, and refused to enforce the very law he enacted. All these actions are unconstitutional and the hallmark of a despot. And all the while Obambi and the Kneepad media have set up the Rebublicans to blame. The rebulicans were to blame for the secrecy, for lack of cooperation and for delaying the people´s work in enacting this fascist law. Sheer genius in that the Rebublicans have absolutely nothing to do with tis law yet get all the blame. Now that the law has completely collapsed, it offers Obambi the opportunity to complete the transformation of this country to a fascist despotism. He will issue orders, use the military and complacent Kneepad media to eliminate the other branches of the goobernment and completely oppress the people. Hitler did in in Germany and now Obambi will do it in the former USA.
Democrats will always fail when they try to undertake complex missions. The reason is that those missions require management. That means establishing a hierarchical structure of superiors and subordinates.
The superiors must: -- come up with an overall model to accomplish the task including deciding what is to be done, how that task can be broken down into manageable parts, and how many people with what skills will be needed to accomplish each part; -- hire the right people to do the myriad tasks involved in the undertaking such as finding people to develop computer systems to handle bits of information necessary to make sure that everything is happening when and how it should and in compliance with whatever rules are important, -- launch the undertaking, follow its initialization, and stay on top of its implementation to make sure that everything is on track, -- understand the job to be done, follow the progress that’s being made, and uncover the problems that are arising and take swift and successful actions to correct the parts that are failing.
That’s what management does.
Democrats seek the prestige and benefits of command but they believe that the entire job is simply to say to their subordinates, “Handle it!”
The root cause of the fear was that they had perpetrated fraud on the American People and were afraid they would be exposed. That meant that contracts were delayed until after elections. When negative feedback came in, like amazing low enrollment in the Preexisting Conditions pool or the cost of the pool running 3X the average per person of state pools, they buried the data. Even though they knew that even more sick with Preexisting condition would sign up to start coverage in Jan. Now they must drive people off employer plans and individual plans in order to get enough revenue to keep the program afloat for even a year.
NYC Marathoners getting TSA Treatment to run a race Fast and Furious ignored SEALs ordered to remove Gadsen Flag from uniforms SPLC blames Christian & patriots for LAX shooting Jim Angle calls ObamaCare and Operator identifies HIS VOICE as the media Police arresting smokers in Massachusetts - @bus stops
.. and Obama blows out Congress and the entire Constitution by seizing powers to force Agenda 21 Climate Change Tyranny
The issue of "Health Care" is an in intentional misnomer. The U.S. has, for the moment, the best health care system in the world. The real problem is health insurance and the solution to this problem is as follows:
U.S. Health Insurance Reform (In 25 words or less)
Tort reform Across state lines Health Savings Accounts Reduce regulations Doctor-Patient decisions Patient-Insurer choices Privatize Medicare Reform Medicaid Annual means testing Citizen oriented Alien averse (25 words)
Feel free to attack, add to, amend, or otherwise address this draft.
It is truly unbelievable the stupidity of the vast majority of the American people, the world-wide media and most importantly the entire medical community for not aggressively opposing this law and spending every cent they earned to demolish it. The irony is that docs and nurses are really going to be hit with this law in the loss of their high earnings, massive increase in working hours to tend the uninsured and illegals, dislocation by docs & nurses being recruited from Inda, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc., who will accept from 1/2 to 1/4 the pay without the training, credentials, & language & writing skills.
Worse, since specialists´ referrals are going to require a Congressional hearing to get approval, the pool of specialists is going to evaporate. Have a rare cancer, require cardiovascular surgery, knee or hip replacement, don´t be too old because by the time you get approval, if you even are able to obtain it, you´ll be dead.
If the government cannot even manage a web site, how are they going to treat people with complicated illnesses?
Read the four page memo by David Cutler, which is linked to the first page of the article. That is management. Blaming the Republicans demonstrates that the Obamacare team were neither managers or politicians. A real manager would have put together a team like the one proposed by Cutler and a real politician would have figured out a way to work around political opposition, while clearly seeing the reasoning behind objections. Rotting garbage is still rotting garbage despite suppressed discussion. By hiding the problem from the Rinos, the situation became so bad that the LoFos can figure out that Obamacare does not work.
Not to send folks away from this fine web site, but various articles today on the National Review site regarding Obamacare are devastating. I definitely learned information I was previously unaware of, such as HHS bureaucrats having the absolute right to shut down a physician´s practice. We have left our Democracy and have entered a State of tyranny.
like the signup site this article is now not available--non connections et all. gallop today has the won at 40% --now don´t lament that because that is 7% lower than the 47% that LOVED HIM. With the return of the ignored report that he bragged he really knew how to kill people via drone is now giving the numbers of civilians caught in the assassinations. Can we now start to think his evil isn´t clever because he is too damaged to even do that well. If he did actually brag about those strikes we need to just once bow to the world and turn him over to the World Court for prosecution.
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