White House: The only accountability that matters to us is the kind that makes the ObamaCare system better, or something

posted at 6:41 pm on October 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The other day, former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs caused a stir when he more or less echoed some of the growing calls from Republicans for the administration to fix the website’s glitches already and then “fire some people who were in charge of making sure this thing was supposed to work.” After all, the administration assured us that three and a half years would constitute enough time for them to adequately organize and implement the predictably herculean task of putting the exchanges together, so either they have some people they really need to fire or they have a rather large political admission they need to make. Which one is it going to be, guys?

Trick question. This is the Obama administration, and the answer is obviously neither:

ED HENRY: Short of somebody being fired, what kind of accountability will there be? Specifically, I haven’t heard you asked about this company, two companies I think, GCI Federal and Quality Software Services. They got millions of dollars in federal contracts for the website, the data collection, etcetera, and when even Robert Gibbs is saying, It’s been botched, is there an investigation of this company? Is this company planning to turn over these millions of dollars in hard-earned taxpayer dollars, is the government going to get some of that money back?

JAY CARNEY: Questions about contracts related to this are ones that should be addressed to HHS and CMS. I don’t have that information. What I can tell you is the accountability the president seeks today is the accountability that comes from those who are working on implementation, working around the clock to assure that the consumer experience is improved and that the whole process of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward. And again, it’s important to remember that this is not, although there is a lot of focus on it, the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare, is not just a website. The website is simply a portal into a virtual marketplace for an average of 50 health insurance plan options per state for Americans on the individual market who, many of whom have never had access to affordable quality health insurance in the past or at least not in the recent past. And getting all of that in place is the focus of the team, and that includes of course improving the consumer experience on the website.

ED HENRY: But nobody will be held accountable?

JAY CARNEY: Again, the accountability the president seeks right now is the accountability that comes from making the system better, improving the process for consumers, fixing the problems that have arisen, and making sure that millions of Americans for whom this program was created are getting the benefits that it provides.

So… that’s a no, then? Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t getting rid of the managers who so royally botched this thing — a.k.a., holding people accountable — and bringing in better project leadership a really great way to get the system back on track?

Alas, if only that little bit of rhetorical obfuscation had been the only way in which the administration sought to avoid accountability today; Allahpundit noted earlier that it looks an awful lot like ObamaCare has achieved less than 20 percent of the enrollment target for the month of October, but the administration would like us to know that, actually, they never even had enrollment targets. Riiiiight. Via Sarah Kliff at WaPo:

Update: Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters emails: “The Administration has not set monthly enrollment targets.  We are analyzing data about the uninsured, state plans for enrollment, and the experience of the state of Massachusetts which implemented a similar system.  We continue to focus on reaching as many uninsured Americans as possible, based on experience on the ground.  As it did in Massachusetts and Medicare Part D, enrollment takes time.


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Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!!

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 6:44 PM

God help anyone who posted a youtube video of their doctor visit.

rogerb on October 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Man these posts are fun!

I hope the conservatives in DC sit back and laugh their butts off when this all comes tumbling down.

gophergirl on October 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Short of somebody being fired, what kind of accountability will there be?

Hahahahaha!!!!!!

The administration that gave you Solyndra, Fisker, NSA Scandal, IRS Scandal, Fast and Furious, Benghazi…………….

WHEN HAS ANYONE BEEN “HELD ACCOUNTABLE”?

Let ‘em keep on doubling down on STUPID! Then when the entire thing blows up, they’ll all head for the bunker.

AND their whores in the MSM will cover for them.

GarandFan on October 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Man these posts are fun!

I hope the conservatives in DC sit back and laugh their butts off when this all comes tumbling down.

gophergirl on October 17, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Well. There are so few in Washington they could probably do that in the conference room at the Village Inn.

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

That light at the end of the tunnel? Might want to hear the doppler effect in that horn…. It’s getting closer!

And I for one can’t wait for the reality train to finally run over these people. About the only good thing to come out of the shutdown disaster is that everyone knows who wants to get rid of obamacare… and who wants to force it on people.

Vanceone on October 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Man these posts are fun!

I hope the conservatives in DC sit back and laugh their butts off when this all comes tumbling down.

gophergirl on October 17, 2013 at 6:46

pray that when it does the media covers it… I won’t be holding my breath…

sandee on October 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters emails: “The Administration has not set monthly enrollment targets.

If you don’t have any goals or targets, not only do not have to worry about missing them, you also don’t give your enemies a club with which to beat you.

ED HENRY: But nobody will be held accountable?

JAY CARNEY: Again, the accountability the president seeks right now is the accountability that comes from making the system better, improving the process for consumers, fixing the problems that have arisen, and making sure that millions of Americans for whom this program was created are getting the benefits that it provides.

Translation: Accountability? That’s for the ‘other’ guy. We’re Barack Obama, Inc. – it’s all about the intent – and we have the best intentions to fundamentally change what we see is a broken, unjust, and unfair system in a broken, unjust, and unfair country. Trust us.

Athos on October 17, 2013 at 6:54 PM

We’re also sending top-notch engineers to the bottom of the Atlantic to move the Titanic forward. We don’t live in the past here and finger-pointing never solved anything…. Except Booooooosh!

mankai on October 17, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Hogwash. That beast is eating itself alive but Obama and his goons will defend it to the bitter end.

rplat on October 17, 2013 at 6:56 PM

While it doth study to have what it would
It doth forget to do the thing it should,
And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
‘Tis won as towns with fire, so won, so lost.

Axe on October 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

racists!!
/sarc

dmacleo on October 17, 2013 at 7:01 PM

The Obama Administration: In charge of everything; responsible for nothing!

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Hey, maybe if you guys could win an election you could avoid responsibility too.

mankai on October 17, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Reporter Asks ‘Gravity’ Director Alfonso Cuaron What It’s Like to Film in Space

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

did he hand her a camera and tell her to see for herself……??

ted c on October 17, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Well. There are so few in Washington they could probably do that in the conference room at the Village Inn.

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Beat me to it…

+1

22044 on October 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

While it doth study to have what it would
It doth forget to do the thing it should,
And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
‘Tis won as towns with fire, so won, so lost.

Axe on October 17, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The ObamaQuatrainWreck

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

O/t:

Sheila Jackson-Lee has a relative in the news media:

Reporter Asks ‘Gravity’ Director Alfonso Cuaron What It’s Like to Film in Space

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Have we stumbled across the day-job of one of our trolls?

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

ObamaCare, is not just a website. The website is simply a portal

bwahahahahahahahaha

demanding that the thing be fixed…..

is kinda like the Jews demanding Rudolf Höss fix the showers.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on October 17, 2013 at 7:41 PM

How can Carney sleep at night with the lies he tells?

sadatoni on October 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

How can Carney sleep at night with the lies he tells?

sadatoni on October 17, 2013 at 7:44 PM

He now sleeps on his back so his growing nose doesn’t pose too much of a problem.

Resist We Much on October 17, 2013 at 7:51 PM

No enrollment targets?

Reminds me of an old joke…

Q: What are you doing?

A: Nuthin’

Q: How will you know when you are done?

JohnD13 on October 17, 2013 at 7:53 PM

Idiots…obama’s pockets are likely bulging.

Schadenfreude on October 17, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Future revelation:

Discovery that GCI Federal and/or Quality Software Services gave Obama campaign contributions in 5..4..3…

kurtzz3 on October 17, 2013 at 8:21 PM

isn’t getting rid of the managers who so royally botched this thing — a.k.a., holding people accountable — and bringing in better project leadership a really great way to get the system back on track?

Incompetent people are too incompetent to know they’re incompetent.

lynncgb on October 17, 2013 at 8:24 PM

The ObamaQuatrainWreck

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Excellent word-play. :)

I try to quote Shakespeare as much as possible to impress chicks, but since I tried to come up with clever word-play that keyed off yours and failed — I might have to drop back to plan b: reciting the quadratic equation.

. . . chicks dig radicals.

. . . almost had something with “soliloquy,” dang it. :)

. . . can’t believe this.

Axe on October 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

It’s a “virtual marketplace” alright.

The words ‘ephemeral’ and ‘gossamer’ also come to mind.

dissent555 on October 17, 2013 at 8:49 PM

…Carney
*spit*

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2013 at 10:24 PM

. . . chicks dig radicals.

. . . almost had something with “soliloquy,” dang it. :)

. . . can’t believe this.

Axe on October 17, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Chicks dig radicals…

Wives appreciate the dishes being done…

Funny how their priorities change…

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 10:34 PM