NPR’s Liasson to Carney: Will we be getting daily updates on ObamaCare, like during natural disasters?

posted at 6:01 pm on October 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Now actively engaged in throwing everything they have at the stubbornly persistent ObamaCare glitches and the optics thereof, the White House announced earlier today that they putting some of their absolutely best possible people directly on the job to assist with the [ill fated] “tech surge,” Bloomberg reports:

President Barack Obama has drafted his soon-to-be top economic adviser, Jeffrey Zients, to help fix the flawed online U.S. health insurance marketplace.

Zients, 46, now a health-care entrepreneur, was named in September to replace Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council starting in January. He is advising officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a short-term basis, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today. The move puts a long-time Obama adviser and management consultant at the center of efforts to fix the site as the White House grapples with the political fallout. …

In addition to Zients, the HHS has brought in experts and specialists from within the government, its contractors and the industry who have extensive experience with major information technology systems, Sebelius said in a blog post today. …

Zients has served as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, and was the agency’s deputy director and its chief performance officer. …

After Press Secretary Jay Carney confirmed the appointment and touted Zients as “an expert in the field of effective management” at the White House briefing, NPR’s Mara Liasson rather reasonably asked whether or not this means reporters are finally going to get more frequent updates on and more specific details about ObamaCare’s progress from someone like Zients with firsthand knowledge of the situation — kind of like the all-hands-on-deck approach we get with natural disasters or oil spills.

I’m not sure that Jay Carney appreciated the analogy. Via RCP:

MARA LIASSON: In the past, when you’ve had a natural disaster or an oil spill, generally there’s someone in charge, and I guess Jeff Zients is going to be that person. Is he going to be taking over a kind of briefing role where he answers questions or…?

JAY CARNEY: Well, I think he’s providing management advice and consultation, but for more details about his role, because he’s being brought on by HHS, I would refer you to HHS. I don’t think this is a manmade– I don’t think this is a natural disaster.

LIASSON: Yeah. I know that. But what I’m saying is, in terms of… One of the frustrations has been, you know, it’s hard to get information on what went wrong and what’s being done to fix it, and there hasn’t been a kind of daily update on that, from somebody who’s well-versed in the technical aspects of this. But you don’t anticipate…?

CARNEY: Beyond what I just confirmed and announced, I would refer you to those details about which, I would refer you to HHS. I’m sure they have other information about the efforts they’re making, but that’s the location of those efforts, and Jeff will be joining the existing team.

Well. That would be the honest and up-front thing to do, wouldn’t it? But I think we’ve already learned not to expect such transparent maneuvers from this administration.


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Since she’s appeared on FoxNews in the past, I’m surprised he even lets her ask questions.

Ward Cleaver on October 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Everybody stand back and let them keep digging…

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Throw another half billion at it.

Bishop on October 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

“The really funny part is that #Julia was a web designer.” Some people thought I was kidding. But I wasn’t. Even better, the “Life of Julia” slideshow informed us that “For the past four years, Julia has worked full-time as a web designer. Thanks to Obamacare, her health insurance is required to cover birth control and preventative care, letting Julia focus on her work rather than worry about her health.“

Now, in the real world, thanks to Obamacare, her hours have been pared back to 29 hours and she’s been dumped onto the exchanges where, as a young, healthy single woman, her premiums will go through the roof even as she earns less money. That is, if she can even get onto a website created by and for people just like her.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Is this the same briefing that he walked out of?

dont taze me bro on October 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

The tech surge. The problem with this thing to begin with was too many cooks spoiling the broth. Now, in typical government fashion, they’re going to solve that problem by adding more cooks.

Kafir on October 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

The “blind leading the blind” would be an improvement over this gaggle of lost nuts.

rplat on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I enthusiastically second that!

KCB on October 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Can the R’s get someone like Mara on the team?

Chomsky Dance Recital on October 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

I don’t think this is a manmade– I don’t think this is a natural disaster.

Oh no Jay. You had it right the first time.

Make sure you catch the guy behind Mara when Carney made that goof.

And BTW Mara, you look exhausted. Please try to get some time off.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

how about locusts and pestilence

gerrym51 on October 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Yes, need to works on the alternative terms!

dont taze me bro on October 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Throw another half billion at it.

Bishop on October 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. You really think we’d be in a better place after another half a billion?

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

The Glitch Is Back.

Sorry, someone had to do it.

SteveInRTP on October 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Dem Rep. Steny Hoyer: We Need More Money To Fix Obamacare…

Of course.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Hoyer just invented a fifth gen language:

Stupid++;

dogsoldier on October 22, 2013 at 6:17 PM

The Chinese will fix this mess once they call in their markers and own us.

portlandon on October 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

I thought Barack stopped using those terms and shifted to ‘kinks’?

If I were Carney, I’d be worried….

NBC: ‘In a Few Months’ White House May Hold Someone Accountable for ObamaCare Failure ‘If They Find Incompetency’.

Failing to adequately control what is supposed to be the lapdog media is clearly a sign of incompetency…

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Can we call it an “Act of False god?” Because you the whole messiah/Obama thing….

geojed on October 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

The Chinese will fix this mess once they call in their markers and own us.

portlandon on October 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Oh great, now Sebelius is going to outsource our healthcare to the PRC….

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Was the Titanic a navigational glitch?

Chomsky Dance Recital on October 22, 2013 at 6:19 PM

SteveInRTP on October 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM

That’s funny.

dogsoldier on October 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Lol,

Why yes,..it is a Man Made Disaster,……Hopey has ownership.
and the Democrat Dip-Sh*t Party too!!

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Or…Julia now has to get a second part time job to make enough to service those new higher health care premiums… and work 58 hours per week, without drawing a dime of overtime because it’s with two different employers, which causes her health to suffer…her personal life to falter since she has no time for relaxation, friends, or even to properly care for herself and her home…

…or she has to find a Sugar Daddy… other than the federal government… to help her financially… lowering her self esteem and costing her any sort of personal independence…and loses her that much coveted ‘progressive feminist’ standing…

… or she takes up drinking and drugs… stops working altogether… and let’s her new ‘husband’, the federal government, provide for her support through welfare programs and subsidies.

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

MeanWhile,..

Obama health care law

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., calls on Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius to resign over Obama health care plan rollout – @dailybeast

20 mins ago from http://www.thedailybeast.com by editor
====================================================

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/10/22/paul-ryan-calls-on-kathleen-sebelius-to-resign.html

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Throw another half billion at it.

Bishop on October 22, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Put some Windex on it.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

In addition to Zients, the HHS has brought in experts and specialists from within the government, its contractors and the industry who have extensive experience with major information technology systems, …

Experts? Specialists? Extensive experience with major IT systems?

Just who in the hell did you start with?

BacaDog on October 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

MeanWhile, ..Part Deux:

Obama health care law

House Speaker Boehner’s office requests administration brief House Republicans on Obamacare- @ChadPergram

50 mins ago from twitter.com/ChadPergram by editor
======================================================

http://energycommerce.house.gov/press-release/committee-confirms-testimony-lead-healthcaregov-contractors-thursday

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Why yes,..it is a Man Made Disaster,……Hopey has ownership.
and the Democrat Dip-Sh*t Party too!!

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Yeah, that slip was a tell about what the discussions in the West Wing are really about. Mara unwittingly got into Carney’s OODA loop as he delivered the latest propaganda points.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

the White House announced earlier today that they putting some of their absolutely best possible people directly on the job

Top. Men.

iurockhead on October 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

GIVE US MEAT……screams the Obama Whore media!!!

We can’t keep covering for you idiots.

PappyD61 on October 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Just who in the hell did you start with?

BacaDog on October 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Booz Allen Hamilton… The same folks that brought you Snowden. Feel better?

SteveInRTP on October 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

From DrewM via Ace:

One other thing…remember how the original story for the crash of healthcare.gov was, “the site is just so gosh darn popular!”? It turns out the magical level of popularity that caused it to crash was….2,000 visitors.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

LIASSON: Yeah. I know that. But what I’m saying is, in terms of… One of the frustrations has been, you know, it’s hard to get information on what went wrong and what’s being done to fix it, and there hasn’t been a kind of daily update on that, from somebody who’s well-versed in the technical aspects of this

Time to put that one through the ol’ political translator … beep … beep … beep … ZING

LIASSON: Stop messing with us Jay! We need the daily spin from you guys because we’re getting absolutely murdered on the talk shows. No one’s giving us anything good and the stuff you’re saying is embarrassing! How about some spin here? Anything? Anything? Just make it sound all technical and stuff. Please?

PackerBronco on October 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”
Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Some choice uses of the term from Iowahawk today:

1967: NASA admits a few overheating glitches on Apollo I

Lakewood, New Jersey, 1937: Despite minor landing glitches, Hindenberg passengers successfully delivered to ground

Despite reactor glitch, Chernobyl plant successfully creating energy

dont taze me bro on October 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Experts? Specialists? Extensive experience with major IT systems?

Just who in the hell did you start with?

BacaDog on October 22, 2013 at 6:24 PM

My honest guess is the idiot child of a big donor. He didn’t actually have any “expertise” but is always on his computer so he must know how to build a healthcare network!

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 6:29 PM

So, was it worth destroying America’s economy for?

Murphy9 on October 22, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Yes, need to works on the alternative terms!

dont taze me bro on October 22, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Pretty cool, that. :)

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 6:18 PM

if. See, the ambiguity comes from the secondary construction, the reality encasing the reality. To use the reality is childish, immature, unsophisticated. One has to determine its utility, how it should look, and then present that as the only reasonable way to understand it.

For example — just spit-balling here — it’s entirely possible that it’s best if evil Rethuglicans, through greed, callousness, and racism, caused everyone to suffer. If so — there was no incompetence. :)

See Satan for more details on this method — I’m no expert.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:34 PM

MeanWhile,…Speaking of DemTards:

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm???

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 2m

Lawmakers expected to travel via military flight to Bill Young’s funeral Thurs. Budget cuts had prohibited previous military flights.
Expand

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

MeanWhile,…on the Pelosium Farm:

Tweets All / No replies

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1m

Pelosi spox Hammill says R’s are “continuing their desperate drive to sabotage” the health care law, reflected in “shutting down the gov’t”
===============

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 3m

Pelosi spox says Wed discussion on health care law “is yet another in this series of discussions” which have gone on for months.

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Top. Men.

iurockhead on October 22, 2013 at 6:26 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6-rQ6Jay6w

Renee on October 22, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Some choice uses of the term from Iowahawk today:

dont taze me bro on October 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Pretty mild by HA photoshop standards, but funny, off his TL:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/people-in-healthcaregov-stock-photos-now-visibly-p,34307/

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Yeah, that slip was a tell about what the discussions in the West Wing are really about. Mara unwittingly got into Carney’s OODA loop as he delivered the latest propaganda points.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Happy Nomad:Madness knows no bounds!!————–:0

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

I just don’t understand how they let this happen. This was supposed to be the boy king’s crowning achievement. I worked as a contractor on a complete new system for Canon USA over 20 years ago. I wrote the invoicing code and sat right next to the designer. At least 30 programmers sat in a room like an assembly line for over a year and our Japanese bosses stood over us the whole time. It got done and was tested backwards and sidesways. There was not one problem when it rolled out. This government and it’s clown leader is a frigging joke.

BeachBum on October 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Since this is a HHS run program you’ll have to submit your request to them. You can fill out a request form and submit it to them. Expect an answer sometime next century. You can do it online at Healthcare.gov and try to wade through all the “Glitches” or you can call the 1-800 number for Healthcare.gov and get the runaround until you starve to death….or you can just forget the whole thing and start drinking heavily and cursing a lot.

Oldnuke on October 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Carney Says Congressional Oversight On Obamacare From Republicans Is Not “Legitimate”…

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 6:42 PM

Resist We Much: I wonder if the WH response is to this:)
========================================================

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Boehner spox says R’s not getting info on ACA is a “snub” & Admin should “honor its promises of transparency and face some accountability.”
Expand
Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Boehner spox Brendan Buck on health care law: All members – as well as the American people – deserve answers for this debacle.
Expand
Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Boehner spox Brendan Buck: Far too much information about Obamacare’s rollout is being concealed from the public.
Expand
Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 1h

Boehner’s office requests admin brief House R’s on Obamacare.
Expand

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Since this is a HHS run program you’ll have to submit your request to them. You can fill out a request form and submit it to them. Expect an answer sometime next century. You can do it online at Healthcare.gov and try to wade through all the “Glitches” or you can call the 1-800 number for Healthcare.gov and get the runaround until you starve to death….or you can just forget the whole thing and start drinking heavily and cursing a lot.

Oldnuke on October 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

oldnuke:Lol:0

canopfor on October 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Mara Liasson has a reliably liberal bent to her show on NPR, but she is no idiot, and the one time I met her she seemed like a very nice person. Mara was an ObamaCare cheerleader early on, but even a reliable liberal with a brain has to at some point want to know WTF is going on here, and why this does not work.

We;; done, Mara.

simkeith on October 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Just the beginning.

Our healthcare has become another political football where politicians will allow me to have medical-care… Or not… At their whim… So long as we vote for the “correct” person.

So… US Health care is now a national disaster…

Would that be like Katrina?

Skywise on October 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

A survey reveals that a majority of Americans would not turn to the government for help in case of a major catastrophe.

Resist We Much on October 22, 2013 at 6:33 PM

It’s kind of interesting:

In case of such an emergency, 57% said they would prefer to turn to family, friends or neighbors for help. Just 14% said FEMA or another government agency would be “the most help.”

“Would be the most help” is not the same thing as “would prefer to turn to.” It looks like the poll asked who would be the most help, and USA misinterpreted it. 1. It would be interesting to see who people would truly prefer to turn to. That would probably tell us a lot about where we really are. 2. The conclusion that the Fed is the least important factor in emergencies is just be a correct assessment, USA lamenting that people aren’t properly deluded notwithstanding.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Oldnuke on October 22, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Er. Be back. I have to go reverse my position on legalizing weed.

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

be

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Obamacare is in the ditch
And Carney says “It’s just a glitch”
We’ve heard it from an inside snitch
It gave Obama a facial twitch
And congress says, just for a switch
It will quiz that elitist Sebellius witch
And ask her outright “Hey! What’s the hitch?”
But can we rely on good ol’ Mitch
To make the “JUST REPEAL IT!” pitch?
While Reid yells “Single Payer will scratch our itch!”
Lady Liberty lies bleeding without a stitch
And the GOP betrays us…ain’t that a bitch!

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Obamacare is in the ditch
But Carney swears “It’s just a glitch.”
We heard if from an inside snitch
It gave Obama a facial twitch.
And congress says, just for a switch,
They’ll quiz that elitist Sebellius witch
And ask her “Hey! What’s the hitch?”
But can we rely on Good Ol’ Mitch
To make the “JUST REPEAL IT!” pitch
While Reid yells “Single Payer will scratch our itch!”
Lady Liberty lies bleeding without a stitch
And the GOPe betrays us… ain’t that a B*tch!

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

sorry for the second post… I thought it went to moderation the first time! LOL!

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Excellent!

There was an obama-adorer named Mara
The press considered her their Cara
Of the obama’care’ glich
She tried Carney to unhitch
He instantly transformed her into Amara

(Amarea = A naive small person)

When you lose Mara, you lost.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

sorry for the second post… I thought it went to moderation the first time! LOL!

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 7:06 PM

It’s so good, it needed two posts :)

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 7:17 PM

lol! Excellent. ;)

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Correction

(Amara = A naive small person)

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Mara will be canned by NPR in 5….4….3….

Good thing she’s got that Fox gig to fall back upon.

Another Drew on October 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

There once was a man from we don’t know
His narcissism to steal wanted the show
obama’care’ he brought
Look what he wrought
To Hell he and it now can go!

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Dem Rep. Steny Hoyer: We Need More Money To Fix Obamacare…

Of course.

Resist We Much

Boner and company will make sure he gets it. Because they have no power to control spending or something

xblade on October 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Very good. I like it. Like a national prayer. :)

thatsafactjack on October 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Sounds like the “TINGLES” is slowly turning into a rash.

LarryinLA on October 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

White House : “You’ll have to ask HHS.”

HHS : “You’ll have to ask the White House.”

It’s like asking a CAD program to find the end point of a circle, had to unplug the computer from the wall.

Endless loop.

The entire Obama adminstration is an Error404.

MichaelGabriel on October 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

The new natural disaster—Watching the liberal media darling President literally show his executive incompetence in a manner that they can’t spin him out of. Pass the popcorn please!

Rndguy on October 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

It would be a lot more fun watching this boat sink if I didn’t know my kids were strapped into it.

LarryinLA on October 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Isn’t she that jerk who made faces at Jake Tapper when he challenged the Administration about journalistic freedom?

NorthernCross on October 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Republican Ad – “Have you tried to get health insurance via Obamacare’s on-line website? If you have, you’re probably frustrated. Remember the shut-down? Remember when one of the negotiating points the administration refused to negotiate was a request from the Republicans to delay the individual mandate for a year? Remember also that the point was made after the roll-out? We know the media refused to provide many of these facts to you, that’s all right, you can check the places where facts are, the Congressional Record, etc. and you’ll find out all of this is true. We also ask you to remember that, because our President doesn’t feel the need for negotiation, you’re unable to get health insurance on his website, that Republicans wanted to delay for a year. Please, let that point enter into you calculations on who’s responsible for what.”

bflat879 on October 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Don’t let the unrest by the MSM fool you for one second. There is no other crisis to report on so they are barking for crumbs on the epic fail of the Obamacare Exchange. Squirrel in 3…2…1.

dddave on October 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Isn’t that how it’s always used? Like you always hear people referring to the Hindenberg Glitch and the RMS Titanic Glitch or the Donner Party Glitch. Right? Right??

SoRight on October 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

It would be a lot more fun watching this boat sink if I didn’t know my kids were strapped into it.

LarryinLA on October 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Well worth repeating

jazzuscounty on October 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Regretting being against defunding NPR eh, Barky?

blammm on October 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Formally requesting an end to the incorrect usage of “glitch” and “glitches.”

Axe on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM


Axe
… we ccouldn’t get the Hot Air editors to stop the incorrect usage of the terms “default” and “technical default” …

(which was patiently explained to them on more ‘unique’ occurrences than the number of people currently enrolled for Obamacare)

… and you think they’ll break “the narrative” and risk their tenuous ties to the GOPe?

PolAgnostic on October 22, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Put some Windex on it.

22044 on October 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

“I’d piss on a spark plug if I thought it’d do any good.”

CurtZHP on October 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Hilarious farce, the White press briefing.
And the White House press spokesman.
And the White House press.

Carney was always a pathetic joke, but he’s in special territory here.

Jaibones on October 23, 2013 at 12:28 AM