Axelrod: Hey, we’ll fix ObamaCare as it rolls out

posted at 10:01 am on August 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Old and busted: The only thing wrong with ObamaCare is Republican sabotage! New hotness: We have to fix the problems with ObamaCare as we go along!  Consider this an extension of Nancy Pelosi’s famous sales pitch for the program, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”  In this case, Obama confidante David Axelrod argues that we have to impose the law before we can find out where it’s broken:

Axelrod was asked on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” whether in the wake of delays and changes to Obamacare there would be more tweaking moving forward.

“I have to believe that’s going to be the case,” Axelrod said. “Any time you implement something like this, it’s new and there’s no doubt that it’s complicated, there will be changes along — there should be changes along the way.”

CNBC has a different take on the latest delay leaked out of the Obama administration:

Obamacare might not be a “train wreck,” but the wheels sure do keep coming off of it.

Yet another delay in a key part of the Affordable Care Act gave critics more ammunition and raised further questions about the Obama administration’s authority to delay implementing sections of the law without congressional approval.

The delay—which came to light Tuesday and relates to limits on out-of-pocket medical costs—also inflamed a leading patients’ rights organization that originally backed Obama’s efforts to reform health insurance. The controversy comes less than 50 days before new ACA state health exchanges begin signing up uninsured individuals on Oct. 1.

“This is very cynical and shameless what the administration is doing here,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told CNBC.com as he renewed calls for Congress to defund Obamacare. “To amend the statute you’re supposed to be required to get legislation, and they didn’t do that.”

Notice too, that despite the inability to protect private data in the exchanges and the inability to confirm income data to control fraud in subsidy payments, the White House refuses to delay and fix the individual mandate, or to work with Congress on statutory fixes rather than unconstitutional edicts.  “Fixes” require working with Congress to change laws, not refusals to abide by laws in hope that no one notices that the Obama administration’s “fixes” all favor businesses at the expense of consumers — ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Axelrod’s right that there should be “changes” along the way. Voters can make some of those in 15+ months.


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“We’ll fix Obamacare as it rolls out…”

By delaying key parts of the bill that become politically inconvenient! Also, BUSH! Remember him?!!

Gatsu on August 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

“We’ll have it as streamlined as Egypt,” Axelrod said.

viking01 on August 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Make it up as we go. Mr. Harvard Law Review.

Flange on August 16, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It’s. The. Law. #ObamaCareInThreeWords

Man, that tweet from the White House gets funnier every single day.

VinceOfDoom on August 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

“We have to pass the law so we can make it up as we go.”
Nancy Piglosi

Bevan on August 16, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Make it up to go along. We don’t need no steenkin’ laws.

JimK on August 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

“I have to believe that’s going to be the case,” Axelrod said. “Any time you implement something like this, it’s new and there’s no doubt that it’s complicated, there will be changes along — there should be changes along the way.”

Yes, there should be changes. Those changes should, must in fact, be made by Congress not by a wave of the boy king’s hand.

wkh on August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Ends justify the means.

No matter what it costs.

If it saves just one Obama voter…

If only our vaunted free and independent press had vetted Obama way back in 2007-2008…could have avoided all of this.

But, if you want to get an historic president, sometimes ya hafta pay the price.

Otherwise, ya’ll jus’ a bunch of racist haters.

/

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Democrats legitimately hate the American People. They despise us.

ramesees on August 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The non-compliance camps will be open on schedule.

tim c on August 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Hey, I made an airplane with thousands of mismatched parts and the aerodynamics of a grand piano that’s held together with bubble gum and baling wire. It’s trailing smoke and debris as it taxis toward the runway and small fires are starting to break out. But don’t worry, we’ll fix it along the way.

RadClown on August 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

If these guys were half as organized, expert and innovative at governance as they were at winning elections we would be in the land of milk and honey.

IlikedAUH2O on August 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

“This is very cynical and shameless what the administration is doing here,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told CNBC.com as he renewed calls for Congress to defund Obamacare. “To amend the statute you’re supposed to be required to get legislation, and they didn’t do that.”

And yet…Nobody does anything about it.

NeoKong on August 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Wtf?

No outrage that dear leader is enforcing parts of the law he wants and the dems got s waiver?

cmsinaz on August 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Welcome to your new permanently centrally planned healthcare system.

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM
RadClown on August 16, 2013 at 10:13 AM

If we conflate your two posts and add the Republican party tendency to become bugs on the windshield of history we have the story of the US national leadership since oh, 1992 or so.

IlikedAUH2O on August 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Look, we can whine and complain all we want and the statists in both parties will march blithely onward. What say we try doing something instead?

OhioCoastie on August 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

“Fixes” require working with Congress to change laws, not refusals to abide by laws in hope that no one notices that the Obama administration’s “fixes” all favor businesses at the expense of consumers — ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

Eh, what’s the problem, Ed? Obama’s just going to claim extra constitutional powers until he gets the policy right and every American citizen has free healthcare.

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Mike Lee makes such a compelling argument. They are trying to implement a law that was NOT passed by Congress. John Roberts illegally CHANGED the law when he changed the penalty a tax. Congress never passed a new tax law! The current iteration of Obamacare is so obviously unconstitutional! Why isn’t everyone in the GOP fighting it from that angle?

ctmom on August 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

It’s. The. Law. #ObamaCareInThreeWords

Man, that tweet from the White House gets funnier every single day.

VinceOfDoom on August 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

+1000

gwelf on August 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

So when my 12 yr old is required to give her kidney away to an Obama appointee, only afterwards will we know what forms to fill out?

Just doesn’t seem right…

patman77 on August 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

coldwarrior on August 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

One of the few people that loved the Frankenstein monster was the creator, Dr. Frankenstein himself. Likewise the people that created this Rat-Eared Moron of a President was the main stream press. They are in love with this radical train wreck of a president and will never do anything to destroy him. and will do everything to protect him.

Deano1952 on August 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Pee Wee Herman: I meant to do that!

rhombus on August 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Those aren’t problems, those are a feature.

Always has been, always will be, single payer trojan horse.

Red Cloud on August 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I know exactly how to fix it, and I can do it right now.

Chris of Rights on August 16, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Were these guys ever farmers with a bunch of hens running around everywhere?

Shut up. Give them a chance. Let them do it!

All this electronic precision for individual records when mistakes could cost lives and individual, cutting edge, preventative health programs worthy of the 21st and 22nd centuries. We have nuanced and elegant programs and treatment protocols coming in place of the current crude chaos we are said to have today.

I have been waiting to see how they keep everyone organized when we have countless millions of people without identification and who can’t make it to DMV to get one.

I gotta see this! Like millions of hens running everywhere. What fun…

IlikedAUH2O on August 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Look, we can whine and complain all we want and the statists in both parties will march blithely onward. What say we try doing something instead? OhioCoastie on August 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Yup.

Akzed on August 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

O’care is a perfect example of how liberals view the constitution.

antipc on August 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Again, this disastrous law is just the 1st step towards single-payer. They don’t give a rat’s behind on its successful implementation. The end goal is the same – government-run healthcare.

Common Sense Floridian on August 16, 2013 at 10:44 AM

patman77 on August 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

One kidney? At least the hack or Dem operative could use it.

The feds can’t deport millions of invaders or enforce the laws against murder in our cities while they ship $47 million in mistaken payments to one address in Georgia or somewhere.

I had Dems laughing when I said I was waiting for fifty million organs to show up for transplant at a house in South Central LA with nobody able to read the English labels on the containers.

IlikedAUH2O on August 16, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Democrats legitimately hate the American People. They despise us.

ramesees on August 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

And they think we are stupid.
Granted, they get that idea by polling their supporters.

Sterling Holobyte on August 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

“We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.”

The irony is that they aren’t even keeping what’s in it. Dates of implementation are changing and Congress getting stuck with it as well has been erased.

Bitter Clinger on August 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Mike Lee makes such a compelling argument. They are trying to implement a law that was NOT passed by Congress. John Roberts illegally CHANGED the law when he changed the penalty a tax. Congress never passed a new tax law! The current iteration of Obamacare is so obviously unconstitutional! Why isn’t everyone in the GOP fighting it from that angle?

ctmom on August 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Yep, I have been saying that ever since the Roberts decision. This needs to go back to Congress for passage. Or preferably, to be thrown out.

Sterling Holobyte on August 16, 2013 at 10:52 AM

So when my 12 yr old is required to give her kidney away to an Obama appointee, only afterwards will we know what forms to fill out?

Just doesn’t seem right…

patman77 on August 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Nothing about this administration seems right.

Sterling Holobyte on August 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

It seems to me I remember General Motors bean counters telling management how, if they just let the cars go out, whether they had problems or not, the dealers would fix them. Then, many people bought defective cars they had to return to the dealers and GM ended up with a reputation for making poor quality cars that took them years to overcome, and in some instances they haven’t overcome them yet.

Now, we have this administration and the Democrats telling us they know the product is defective but, in order to avoid the Republicans, they’ll fix it later and hope they win the House in 2014 so they can do it their way without worrying about half the country and the 60% who don’t want this disaster.

If we had a free press, instead of Pravda and Izvestia, we wouldn’t have this disaster waiting to happen.

bflat879 on August 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

..When asked by reporters about why he shaved the mustache, Axelrod replied, “All the Bullshit kept getting stuck in it.”

a5minmajor on August 16, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Axelturf’s lips are moving, so you know he’s LYING. Again.

GarandFan on August 16, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Has anyone bothered to ask Axelrod if he will be among the first in line at the exchange when all this breaks loose on October 1?

Or has this insipid assclown joined the growing list of those taking a “waiver” from the program?

pilamaye on August 16, 2013 at 11:27 AM

I’ll do my taxes on the fly too then.

As in never file again until this goes away.

wolly4321 on August 16, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Axelass has to be one of the sleaziest, most slimey lying POS Dems alive.

jqc1970 on August 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because they sometimes take a rest

roflmmfao

donabernathy on August 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

What position does Axelrod have in the government, exactly? On what authority can he speak for Ø or for the Federal government? Ignore him.

ExpressoBold on August 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Obamacare was pushed thru so the big cities that have been controlled by democrats with mega underfunded pensions can dump their employees and retiries into the exchanges for the taxpayers to pay.

docflash on August 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

And I suspect the oft covered up instances of AIDS and the true scope of the problem will be a payoff to gays with pre-existing conditions! Gays seem to be the central focus of the Dimos lately! Gotta get them some Obamacare… paid for by others! It takes a village to pay for pre-existing conditions!

Marco on August 16, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Axelrod: Hey, we’ll fix ObamaCare as it rolls out

Because as everyone knows, all huge Big Government wealth redistribution programs become more efficient, better run, and better defined as time goes on. Right?

So when the “fixing” begins over three years in and before it even gets up and running, that’s a very good sign. Right?

You have to already be a Big Government wealth redistribution program fan to begin with to buy this pantload. Since those people, I call them socialists, are already sold on Obamacare, who is Axelturd trying to convince?

farsighted on August 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Yeah, great, but nobody in Washington will move to stop him, so why should I care how incensed my congressman is?

The Schaef on August 16, 2013 at 1:31 PM

So Axelgrease thinks the Administration needs to fix Obamacare NOW as it’s being implemented? Wasn’t it passed and signed in March 2010? They had over THREE YEARS to work the bugs out, but nobody lifted a finger to implement it before the 2012 election.

Sleep, little voter, don’t worry, Uncle Barry will take care of you until you’re 26, it’s all cool, man, just slow-jive Over to the polls and check the O-box on your O-phone, O-baby!

O-kay, Occupier, leave the cop car alone, step right up and follow the instructions on the Porta-Potty and sign your name on the Obama care line, ‘cuz Obama cares.

Steve Z on August 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Can this explanation be used for dear leader’s foreign policy, too? Cuz it sure sounds like if they leave a few blank spaces here and there the words could be added to explain that, as well.

Kissmygrits on August 16, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told CNBC.com as he renewed calls for Congress to defund Obamacare. “To amend the statute you’re supposed to be required to get legislation, and they didn’t do that.”

How about the Grow Some Testicles Act-2013….you, Ted, Rand can get this started…Fox News poll today stating 57% want it repealed, heed the peoples’ cries dadgummit!

hillsoftx on August 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Not only did we not vote for Obamacare, we certainly didn’t vote for “changes along the way”.

This admin is completely out of control.

Oxymoron on August 16, 2013 at 6:31 PM