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President Obama may not have known about Obamacare issues

Critics have long pointed out that the Obama administration may be full of “yes men” simply telling the President Obama what he wants to hear, providing little criticism. Now there may be some evidence that this is especially true for the Obamacare website roll-out. According to reports, health insurance companies had started complaining about the new health care system long before its roll-out, but someone forgot to tell President Obama.



No one likes to be the bearer of bad news, but someone should have given President Obama the heads up long before the system went live on October 1, and according to one report “nosedived into a technical abyss.”

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Kathleen Sebelius, who is the Health and Human Services secretary, admitted that her department and the White House are “displeased with the technically botched website's rollout.” She admits that she and President Obama are both very frustrated.

"We're not at all satisfied with the workings of the website," she said. "We want it to be smooth and easy and let consumers compare plans."

Obama was quick to point out yesterday in a press conference that the website is not the plan, but it is clear that the site, which was supposed to expedite enrollment into Obamacare and make it easier to find a good policy, has been at best “clunky” and at worst “inoperable” leaving thousands of people out of the system with strange error messages or on hold for hours with customer service representatives.

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The administration has been quick to respond to criticism noting that they are now brining in the “A-Team.” According to Sebelius, a new team of “high-tech” experts has been pulled together from Silicon Valley and within the government. But this begs the question: why didn’t we have the A-Team tackling the problem from the very beginning? Sebelius notes that the new team will be able to accelerate fixes more quickly and begin to give us some answers.

But the administration continues to offer little information about why the system is not functioning properly, only to comment that some of the issues are due to an estimated 20 million people attempting to log on within the first three weeks. But experts close to the project note the crash could not have been a surprise because according to reports, “the website crashed during a test run, just a few hundred users were using it.”

So why would the administration continue with the launch of a system they knew was not ready? According to Kathleen Sebelius, however, waiting was not an option. She argued, "There are people in this country who have waited for decades for affordable health coverage for themselves and their families.”

Of course that begs an even better question: if families have waited for decades to get great affordable health care coverage what’s a couple more months?

 
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