Waxman: Let’s get real, these ObamaCare glitches are the private sector’s fault

posted at 9:21 pm on October 22, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

You might have thought that the ultimate culpability for the current problems plaguing ObamaCare belong to the administration that sloppily designed, forcefully passed, and hastily implemented the gigantic redistribution project — but you would have been wrong. Ranking Democrat of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the one holding the health care hearing this Thursday, is here to tell you why:

KIRSTEN WELKER: Based on what you know right now, was the president or Secretary Sebelius made aware of those problems before this system was launched?

WAXMAN: I don’t have any information about that, but no one could have possibly known how bad the system would work when it was implemented all across the country for the millions of people that want insurance and have tried to access the website. So if it worked well for a smaller group, turned out it didn’t work well enough for a larger group. That often happens. …

WELKER: Congressman, just very quickly, yes or no, should Secretary Sebelius keep her job?

HENRY WAXMAN: Absolutely. There’s no reason for her not to continue on as secretary. She’s done a terrific job. I have a great deal of confidence in her. She doesn’t know about all technicalities. That was contracted out to the private sector, and the private sector with all the money they got, couldn’t develop the website that we needed. It shouldn’t have been done by government, but we should have had more competent people in the private sector, and if anybody’s head should roll, it should be the contractors who didn’t live up to their contractual responsibility.

Firstly, “no one could have possibly known how bad the system would work,” really? The failures in the beta-testing phase — you know, the one they started in the week before the enrollment period — wasn’t a huge giveaway?

Secondly, if indeed the involved contractors “couldn’t develop the website that we needed” and “didn’t live up to their contractual responsibility,” then in turn, whose fault is that? It couldn’t be… the people who hired those contractors and/or assigned them an impossible task, could it?!

Truly, the gentleman is in dire need of better talking points. He’s likely to get them on the morrow:

Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The closed-door session, which will start at 8:50 a.m., marks the first time the administration will have briefed members of Congress on the online enrollment system since its troubled rollout on Oct. 1.

The briefing comes as HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius published a blog post detailing some of the efforts the administration is undertaking to fix HealthCare.gov, including bringing on former Office of Management and Budget acting director Jeffrey Zients.


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Even more than Bmore

Schadenfreude on October 23, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Welker: So you are saying that Sec. Sibelius is NOT responsible for the train wreck of Obamacare implementation?

Waxman: That’s right. She delegated all responsibility to the contractor.

Welker: You can’t delegate responsibility. You can only delegate authority.

Waxman: Well, I guess she delegated blame, then.

fred5678 on October 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Atlas Shrugged is happening right before our eyes.

Theophile on October 23, 2013 at 2:38 AM

I thought Nostrils had been relinquished to obscurity. I was wrong. Seems we’re to be punished by his appearances yet again.

Sir Loin on October 23, 2013 at 3:13 AM

I have wondered how long this disgusting extra from the Pink Floyd movie The Wall would stay off the radar.

No more.

6:05 am on Tuesday, October 23.

NOSTRILS!

Great.

There goes breakfast………………………….

Tenwheeler on October 23, 2013 at 7:08 AM

Welker: So you are saying that Sec. Sibelius is NOT responsible for the train wreck of Obamacare implementation?

Waxman: That’s right. She delegated all responsibility to the contractor.

Welker: You can’t delegate responsibility. You can only delegate authority.

Waxman: Well, I guess she delegated blame, then.

fred5678 on October 23, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Classic.

Tenwheeler on October 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

So, just who gave this herculean mess to a foreign country? Who signed off on a no-bid contract that obviously did not contain the standard warnings re: “failure to meet the deadline will result in the seizure of your work followed by a demand for reimbursement”? That’s what happens when you give no-bid contracts to those who have no clue what they’re doing.
Speaking of Sebelius, the Queen of Infanticide, she killed Barry’s baby.
I guess that there are no AMERICAN techs who could have performed the services as required by the gift of a contract? Izzat Right?
Jeebus, Graduate Students at many universities in America could have done it correctly and timely. BUT, some Schadenfreude is in order here, eh?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on October 23, 2013 at 7:39 AM

How can you tell if someone is a Liberal? They never will take ownership and responsibility for their actions. They never “man up” to their errors but throw blame and tantrums.

ProfShadow on October 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM

The stupid is strong in this one. Hey, schmuck, the private sector doesn’t answer to you. Go f*** yourself.

LizardLips on October 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Waxman: Let’s get real, these ObamaCare glitches are the private sector’s fault

Whatever you say, Nostrildamus.

Physics Geek on October 23, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Batboy at it again!

Politics: Hollywood for ugly people.

blammm on October 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The frightening part is that people actually vote for these jokers of their own free will.

mitchellvii on October 23, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Someone please get Willard a piece of cheese. He looks a little thin.

NoPain on October 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Schadenfreude ; )

Bmore on October 23, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Mike Hash, who directs the Office of Health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, will brief House Democrats Wednesday about implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

National legislation discussed by a member of the executive branch, but only one party invited. WTF?

BuckeyeSam on October 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Waxman is another poster child for term limits.

sadatoni on October 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

As someone directly involved in test for government acquisition of C4 systems, let me say that the Obamacare.gov thing has been a smorgasbord of everything that you’re not supposed to do. And, if *I* did them, *I* would probably lose my job.

GWB on October 23, 2013 at 10:09 AM

She doesn’t know about all technicalities.

She’s just a poor wittle woman. How dare you judge her you sexist pig!

oryguncon on October 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Are there any braves souls that would volunteer to speak up against the Akinskyites on our local paper? There are several leaders that rile up the natives who spew pretty badly.
http://lubbockonline.com/editorial-letters/2013-10-23/letter?page=1

avagreen on October 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

I’m telling you, there is NO WAY that this guy actually exists. He’s a phantasm out of a Ronald Reagan fever dream.

The apparition is quite convincing, I’ll admit, but the Lord God could never conceive of such an ugly, vile, evil monster as this.

DrZin on October 23, 2013 at 8:13 PM

Who didn’t see this coming?

They are also going to blame the increased cost of insurance and care on the insurance companies putting profits before people.

gwelf on October 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

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