Joe Klein: My, the administration is looking pretty incompentent in Obamacare implementation

posted at 7:21 pm on April 3, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

This sounds remarkably like what we’ve been writing, and it’s nice to see a few Obamacare supporters recognize this reality. Holding Obamacare to its promises is rather important, no matter which side you’re on. On my side, it’s to ameliorate the damage and prevent such debacles in the future. For Klein, it’s to make sure this debacle doesn’t make activist government biting off way more than it can chew competently look, well, incompetent.

Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores—called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.

This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all—the federal government’s own health benefits plan (FEHBP) operates markets that exist in all 50 states. So does Medicare Advantage. But now, the Obama Administration has announced that it won’t have the exchanges ready in time, that small businesses will be offered one choice for the time being—for a year, at least. No doubt, small business owners will be skeptical of the Obama Administration’s belief in the efficacy of the market system to produce lower prices through competition. That was supposed to be the point of this plan.

Klein goes on to give Republican governors part of the blame for not setting up exchanges, but stay tuned for a denouncement of bureaucratic failures I could of written:

Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges—their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation—deserve a great deal of the “credit” for the debacle. But we are now seeing weekly examples of this Administration’s inability to govern. Just a few weeks ago, I reported on the failure of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to come up with a unified electronic health care records system. There has also been the studied inattention to the myriad of ineffective job training programs scattered through the bureaucracy. There have been the oblique and belated efforts to reform Head Start, a $7 billion program that a study conducted by its own bureaucracy—the Department of Health and Human Services—has found nearly worthless. The list is endless.

Well, yeah, which is why many of us were skeptical of this plan from the beginning. Turning over the entire health care system to a never-before-attempted Rube Goldberg Machine designed by the same guys who ineffectively run the VA and Head Start and myriad ineffective job training programs seemed ill-advised.

Let us hope his prediction in the last paragraph is true: “And, in a larger sense, the notion of activist government will be in peril—despite the demographics flowing the Democrats’ way—if institutions like the VA and Obamacare don’t deliver the goods.” Americans for too long have given the feds a near complete pass for crappy service they’d never be willing to give a cell phone company. Yes, the notion of an activist government will be in peril if and when Americans demand that an activist government’s programs actually do what they say they will. Realizing they usually don’t is a great step toward actually helping people.

I never thought it’d feel this good to agree with Joe Klein.


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The Dems had decades to get this right.
But…
What would you expect from them..

Remember that shiite eatin’ grin on Botox swinging around that over-sized gavel?

Electrongod on April 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Remember that shiite eatin’ grin on Botox swinging around that over-sized gavel?

Electrongod on April 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Good times/

KCB on April 3, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Remember that shiite eatin’ grin on Botox swinging around that over-sized gavel?

Electrongod on April 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

It was probably the same look my son had on his face right before the stunt he did on his bike that resulted in a broken foot.

CurtZHP on April 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

In their own words:

They didn’t build that. In three years, they haven’t built any of it. They’re still pulling basic, defining regulations out of their butts. Theey won’t have built it by next year, either.

parke on April 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

we’re going to take back the senate based solely on this OBAMACARE incompetence.

…..oh, wait – our consultants will advise against this strategy. nevermind.

——

OT here. If I’m going to be subjected to this GD Townhall tshirt pop up every other f****** time I visit this increasingly annoying web site, can we at least feature an attractive betty every once in a while?

WHOS WITH ME HERE? CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?

sbvft contributor on April 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

On my side, it’s to ameliorate the damage and prevent such debacles in the future.

Not possible.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I could of written

?

Good gravy. I thought the Hot Gas Stylesheets were better than this.

RushBaby on April 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Joe Klein?…Joe Klein of (Time) “Obama” Magazine?….hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhhaahahahahaahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2013 at 7:35 PM

It’s Hilarious how every negative news article about Obama must have a paragraph about how Republicans are still worst.

brewcrew67 on April 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM

It’s like Obama has had no executive training whatsoever! I don’t even know what ObamaCare is supposed to be! I’m sorry, but we’re going to have to let you go.

Obama: But I don’t even work here!

kramer getting fired from a job he doesnt even work at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU6m5UqLx9M

Hat Tip — Seinfeld episode with Kramer at a job that’s way beyond him.

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM

the left can not, intrinsically, solve the equation. Information processing and decentralization of decision making are the best means of governing.

If strong central planning and decision making there are a lot of countries that would have been in a much better place that they are now.

So this is normal. Joe might whine and moan, but this is his world…he can’t be against central planning and decision making…it is against his religion

I await the epiphany of Joe Klein that tells him that the Dems/Left are wrong, very very wrong…and becomes a conservative

r keller on April 3, 2013 at 7:42 PM

What is sad is given half a chance Obamacare would really work out well. Obstinate republicans fight him at every opportunity rather than do what is best for America.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I could of written

?

Good gravy. I thought the Hot Gas Stylesheets were better than this.

RushBaby on April 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

So the Hamster tripped up. We still love her. With blogging and chatting, there’s a weird phenomenon where the phonetics spill directly onto the page. Could have. Could of. They sound the same.

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 7:44 PM

Joe Klein: My, the administration is looking pretty incompentent in Obamacare implementation

Well, at least we know that it isn’t the “most embarrassing” moment of O’s Presidency.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

Joe Klein: My the administration is looking pretty incompetent.

FIFY

dddave on April 3, 2013 at 7:47 PM

What is sad is given half a chance Obamacare would really work out well. Obstinate republicans fight him at every opportunity rather than do what is best for America.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

April Fool’s was 2 days ago. Or are you seriously defending a now 10000 page monstrosity not debated and then shoved down our throats like a double-sized horse pill? The / sarc tag is there for you to use.

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges—their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation—deserve a great deal of the “credit” for the debacle

This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges.

Right now, there are 30 Republican Governors, but 33 states have refused to set up Obamacare exchanges. So should Klein blame the three Democrat Governors who also refused to set up exchanges?

We now have 66% of our States (or 58% if you count 33 out of Obama’s 57 states) who have refused to follow Federal law, but somehow we couldn’t find enough states to vote for a would-be President who would have given waivers to all 50 states.

Why is it that voters who chose Republican Governors still voted for Odumbo? If all states having Republican Governors had voted for Romney, Romney would have carried FL, OH, PA, MI, VA, and WI, and would now be President.

Or do low-information voters not vote for Governor, but turn out en masse in adulation of the Great Kool-Aid salesman?

Steve Z on April 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Just because Klein is getting this completely wrong is no excuse for Republicans to fail to anticipate what is coming, or what this is all about. I’ve been listening, incredulously, to El Rushbo rant about this story all week, and completely miss the point.

The Administration is purposely putting off setting up the Federal exchanges until 2015 because they want implementation problems in 2014, during the election cycle. States that implement their own exchanges, primarily if not all blue, will have no problems. The states where posturing Republican governors who think they are solidifying support with their base by refusing to set up exchanges are going to be in for big trouble.

The Democrats will run candidates who specifically attack these governors for not implementing the exchanges. The Democrats will point to the states that have functioning exchanges and who are experiencing little if any difficulty with affordable care options. The Republicans will be blamed for being obstructionist and recalcitrant, and they will be voted out of office. I don’t care what your politics are. If you suddenly cannot afford insurance, you are going to punish the folks who are screwing you. It’s not going to be Obama who takes the hit here. He will be on the stump, calling out Republicans by name.

Republicans are making two huge mistakes here. One is actually believing the “Obamacare is unwieldable and once people find this out they will repeal it” fantasy. This is Rush’s approach, but the only thing that strategy will garner is a ratings pop. Obamacare is not going anywhere.

The second mistake is believing that the public will blame Obama and the Dems for implementation failures. Nope. The Republican governors who refused to create the exchanges will get all the blame, and suffer the consequences.

Either the governors realize the reaming they are going to get and cave on the exchanges, or 2014 is going to be a huge disaster for the right.

Mr. Arkadin on April 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Obamacare is it’s own death panel.

docflash on April 3, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Slow Joe II.

hillsoftx on April 3, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Joe Klein must be having Kool-Aid withdrawl symptoms with hallucionegenic features.Hey Joe, this administration has been incompetent since Jan 20, 2009.

jeffinsjvca on April 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

What is sad is given half a chance Obamacare would really work out well. Obstinate republicans fight him at every opportunity rather than do what is best for America.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

LOL. I know you’re just kidding. But there are some Dems that really believe this, as if the GOP has any power at all. It’s so sad.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Does this site really need to bash Obama for everything?

If he donated blood, hotair would find a way to vilify Obama.

nonpartisan on April 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

…hey!…noforeskin!…..I know you’re lurking or slurping!….

Joe Klein: My, the administration is looking pretty incompentent in Obamacare implementation

…hurts to swallow!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

WHOS WITH ME HERE? CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!?

sbvft contributor on April 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Yeah, I’ll Amen ya on that one..

bernzright777 on April 3, 2013 at 7:54 PM

LOL. I know you’re just kidding. But there are some Dems that really believe this, as if the GOP has any power at all. It’s so sad.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 7:52 PM

The GOP House just had an opportunity weeks ago to fire a shot across the bow and instead gave us the finger.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

The only way they get it right is if they put it all on the credit card so that everybody gets what they want until the crash.

crrr6 on April 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Joe Klein: My, the administration is looking pretty incompentent in Obamacare implementation

I could do without the misspelling of incompetent. First, the reader is not absolutely sure it was intentional. Second, if it was, it’s a pretty lame device.

bobs1196 on April 3, 2013 at 7:56 PM

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 7:43 PM

April Fool’s was 2 days ago. Or are you seriously defending a now 10000 page monstrosity not debated and then shoved down our throats like a double-sized horse pill? The / sarc tag is there for you to use.

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

…uH huh!…no it is not!…arnold has a permanent Piggy Pass…he can use it or not use it as he sees fit!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2013 at 7:58 PM

The GOP House just had an opportunity weeks ago to fire a shot across the bow and instead gave us the finger.

arnold ziffel on April 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

That would be about as effective as North Korea’s saber rattling. The GOP is a toothless and timid opposition party for a reason: the electorate hates them. Sure, some of us here would get all excited at the prospect of the GOP acting like a bunch of tough guys, but it would all be an act. They can’t get anything done. They’ve had their chance.

happytobehere on April 3, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Joe Klein will be even more upset when he realizes Rehab won’t be covered under Obamacare.

Comin’ off the Hope Pipe is gonna hurt.

workingclass artist on April 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges—their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation—deserve a great deal of the “credit” for the debacle

Er, Republicans didn’t vote for Obamacare and no one forced Obama and Democrats to pass this monstrosity.

To Democrats:

Nowhere to run to, baby
Nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby
Nowhere to hide

It’s not love
You’re running from
It’s the heartaches
That you know will come

Got nowhere to run to, baby
Nowhere to hide

Resist We Much on April 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Remember that shiite eatin’ grin on Botox swinging around that over-sized gavel?

Electrongod on April 3, 2013 at 7:24 PM

She was grinning until one of you Tea Party racists spit on John “Selmer” Conyers.

/

SouthernGent on April 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Does this site really need to bash Obama for everything?

If he donated blood, hotair would find a way to vilify Obama.

nonpartisan on April 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

He has never donated–a thing.

hillsoftx on April 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

Does this site really need to bash Obama for everything?

If he donated blood, hotair would find a way to vilify Obama.

nonpartisan on April 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Do you need to prove your a$$hattery with every post?

you could tell at the end that [Obama] was missing [the basket] on purpose…prob to connect by seeming more ordinary

nonpartisan on April 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

‘Cuz cutting his lavish vacays and settling for camping trips like “ordinary” peeps would just be too, well, ordinary.

You truly are a blithering, blabbering, ass-kissing idiot.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2013 at 8:07 PM

She was grinning until one of you Tea Party racists spit on John “Selmer” Conyers.

/

SouthernGent on April 3, 2013 at 8:03 PM

I have a lisp…

:)

Electrongod on April 3, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Anybody seen this?

“Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.

Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.

Patients at these clinics would need to seek treatment elsewhere, such as at hospitals that might not have the capacity to accommodate them.

“If we treated the patients receiving the most expensive drugs, we’d be out of business in six months to a year,” said Jeff Vacirca, chief executive of North Shore Hematology Oncology Associates in New York. “The drugs we’re going to lose money on we’re not going to administer right now.”

After an emergency meeting Tuesday, Vacirca’s clinics decided that they would no longer see one-third of their 16,000 Medicare patients…”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/03/cancer-clinics-are-turning-away-thousands-of-medicare-patients-blame-the-sequester/

Obama is a B*stard!

workingclass artist on April 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Or do low-information voters not vote for Governor, but turn out en masse in adulation of the Great Kool-Aid salesman?

Steve Z on April 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

This. I was a poll worker at a precinct in Virginia. The guy who was there with me for a while was absolutely shocked by the makeup of those in line. He’d worked the same precinct in the previous (non-presidential) election when the Won wasn’t on the ballot, and he thought the area was fairly Republican.

But in 2012, Obama carried that precinct with 90% of the vote.

CJ on April 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

“Cancer clinics across the country have begun turning away thousands of Medicare patients, blaming the sequester budget cuts.”

“Oncologists say the reduced funding, which took effect for Medicare on April 1, makes it impossible to administer expensive chemotherapy drugs while staying afloat financially.”

Obama is a B*stard!

workingclass artist on April 3, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Being a smartass is easy. Governing be hard. Our Obama lesson for the day.

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Great Kool-Aid salesman?

Steve Z on April 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM

…I’ll have you know!…I…do…not…drink…JugEars…stuff!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2013 at 8:19 PM

could of written:

“could’ve written” or “could have written”

The first sounds the same, but is not grammatically correct English. Either of the other two would be correct, though “could’ve” is really a little too informal for published writing.

/Unrepentant Grammar Nazi

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Turning over the entire health care system to a never-before-attempted Rube Goldberg Machine designed by the same guys who ineffectively run the VA and Head Start and myriad ineffective job training programs seemed ill-advised.

Awesome, MKH.

John the Libertarian on April 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

But we are now seeing weekly examples of this Administration’s inability to govern.

Ha! Those of us paying attention have noticed this since January of 2009.

I’m growing ever more disgusted and tired of people just now noticing that Obama lacks any leadership skills whatsoever.

baldylox on April 3, 2013 at 8:33 PM

could of written:

“could’ve written” or “could have written”

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

coulda

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

could of written:

“could’ve written” or “could have written”

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 3, 2013 at 8:31 PM

coulda

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Woulda?

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 3, 2013 at 8:49 PM

coulda

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Woulda?

There Goes The Neighborhood on April 3, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Shoulda used could have.

Paul-Cincy on April 3, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Does this site really need to bash Obama for everything?

If he donated blood, hotair would find a way to vilify Obama.

nonpartisan

It would most likely be someone elses blood.

xblade on April 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM

A private “exchange” already exists and as been around for years, ehealthinsurance.com.

Charlemagne on April 3, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Joe Klein and his ilk weren’t smart enough to apply critical thinking to Obamacare that the rest of us were, knowing this wasn’t going to work, and wasn’t about health care cost bending curves anyway. It was about control. Klein is about to be told “I told you so” by the rest of us soon. He’ll just be looking back at us with a blank stare.

TulsAmerican on April 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Does this site really need to bash Obama for everything?

If he donated blood, hotair would find a way to vilify Obama.

nonpartisan

If he donated blood the Red Cross would have to incinerate it the minute the cameras were gone.

Your boy-king is so incompetent he makes Bush look like the model of efficiency and so stupid that it would take a hundred of him to equal Sarah Palin after suffering a concussion.

MelonCollie on April 3, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores—called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.

Oh float, ye ballon and spread the new tale

1. The law was written so governors did not have to participate. I do not believe this was by accident. It would be expected many would refuse.

2. The law was written so the exchanges should be implemented by 2014. And yet, the next election is 2014

IMHO it was important for the exchanges to not be ready before the election. If they were all in place, then the public would have a chance to vote their dissatisfaction

Instead, the excuse is the Governors stalled, but Obama is working on it. That is Obama’s M.O. for his entire Presidency: never produce, but keep trying to get things done against the opposition. This way, zero accountability

And, Obamacare is still perfect in conception, just not yet implemented

The ‘stupid’ bureaucracy story is also a setup. For Obama, the important thing is to hire hacks, set up offices, give out contracts to write the computer systems, and commit beaucoup dollars to run a bureaucracy, in anticipation of one day producing.

There is no better scam

The ‘stupid’ schtick is being worked through the MSM, the same way ‘stupid’ Biden slipped, oopsie, and confessed his eternal love for gay marriage, just before the gay fund raising tour.

Not that the MSM is in on the planning. Many are just ‘stupid’ enough to fall for it

Both staged

entagor on April 3, 2013 at 10:21 PM

No doubt, small business owners will be skeptical of the Obama Administration’s belief in the efficacy of the government mandated and regulated pseudo-market system to produce lower prices through competition.

Additions mine.

Mandates (IMO) create floors below which insurer plans cannot go. Therefore, insurers can’t tailor the plans they offer to the needs of potential customers who may want less than the mandates require. Everyone will have to have a set minimum of coverage whether they need it or not and whether they want it or not.

Russ808 on April 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM

It should be “Incompetent” and NOT “Incompentent” in the heading, no?

vpaddy123 on April 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM

It should be “Incompetent” and NOT “Incompentent” in the heading, no?

vpaddy123 on April 3, 2013 at 11:54 PM

‘Incontinent’ would be a better fit.

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2013 at 11:56 PM

I dislike Obama and his crony administration, I hope to see the day they have no power.

losarkos on April 4, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Unexpectedly!!!

Adjoran on April 4, 2013 at 2:31 AM

The Administration is incompetent in all areas except the area that involves screwing America. They are really good at that.

kemojr on April 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges—their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation—deserve a great deal of the “credit” for the debacle.

Why do cowardly leftists always look for affirmation from Republicans?

MNHawk on April 4, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Big Joe sees the strings unraveling and laments his hero isn’t engaged enough. But his hero was never engaged and has no intention of being engaged. Ever! Soooooo What to do if you are a flaming ka-ka smeared liberal?

Why you blame Bush for everything (Democrat 100)

Or

Figure out a way to smear an upcoming Republican presidential candidate with the failure (Democrat 101)

Or

You make some kind of case that even God couldn’t implement Obamacare because it cares too much about too many and is too complicated. But our hearts were in the right place (Democrat Graduate Level Course)

kens on April 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM