CBS: White House warned three years ago that ObamaCare was running off the rails

posted at 8:41 am on November 4, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when you’re watching this that it pertains to the same people who now argue that they know better than you about what kind of insurance coverage you need.  CBS News reports that an internal memo warned the White House three years ago that the Healthcare.gov project was turning into a disaster, and that no one with any expertise had control of the project:

CBS News is learning the Obama administration knew of the risks associated with the Obamacare rollout well before last month.

Three years ago, a trusted Obama health care adviser warned the White House it was losing control of Obamacare. A memo obtained by CBS News said strong leadership was missing and the law’s successful implementation was in jeopardy. The warnings were specific and dire — and ignored.

David Cutler, who worked on the Obama 2008 campaign and was a valued outside health care consultant wrote this blunt memo to top White House economic adviser Larry Summers in May 2010: “I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”

Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups. He also worried basic regulations, technology and policy coordination would fail.

“You need to have people who have understanding of the political process, people who understand how to work within an administration and people who understand how to start and build a business, and unfortunately, they just didn’t get all of those people together,” Cutler said.

The White House dismissed these and other warnings. It relied on appointed bureaucrats and senior White House health care advisers. Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans, the White House became secretive about the law’s complexity and regulatory reach.

The White House didn’t heed this warning for the same reason they embarked on this project in the first place.  The bureaucrats and the activists thought they were smarter than the markets, and smarter than the people who have actual experience in the private sector.  It’s the same infection that creates the monumentally tone-deaf argument that people should be happy that the government forced them out of existing plans they chose for themselves in order to pay more for coverage that the consumers know they don’t need.  It’s unbridled hubris, and it produced this inevitable Greek tragedy that also doubles as farce.

Now, keep this in mind, too. Did the White House bring in ground-up business people and web-savvy firms to take over from the bureaucrats and the contractors who wasted $400 million on a web portal that doesn’t portal anything? No — they brought in Jeffrey Zients, one of Obama’s economic advisers, and kept everyone else in place. With this background in mind, just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?


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A blind man could have seen this train wreck coming.

myiq2xu on November 4, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Ah! But let us not further humiliate Dear Leader by asking that he lay the hammer down right on the (previous) wicked witch of Kansas, Herr Sebilius.

Actually- the longer he “stands by her”, the more idiotic he looks.

BettyRuth on November 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups.

Noone in this administration has ever ran so much as a lemonade stand.

…how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

They never said it will be “fully functional” by Nov. 30. And they’ll continue to parse their words on Dec. 1st.

BacaDog on November 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

With this background in mind, just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

If I had to quantify the likelihood of the Nov 30 deadline being met, I would estimate that likelihood to be in the realm of “significantly less than 1%.” The latest website deadline date is little more than a ruse to buy time for the administration to find an excuse for the ObamaCare debacle. The 30th will come and go without substantial improvement, and no matter what happens with the front end website, the foundational issues relating to security and to data modeling and integrity will remain. If I were not impecunious, I would wager my entire fortune on the excuses we’ll be hearing from Obama and his admin on Dec 1.

Jazz on November 4, 2013 at 8:50 AM

You watch, they’re going to claim success for 11/30. No matter what.

p0s3r on November 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

I hate Godwinizing a thread, especially so early, but this is exactly how Hitler operated. He dismissed all of his generals’ advice because he knew better. It’s arrogance and hubris coupled with a blindspot. These leftists decry “the patriarchy” while simultaneously building the biggest, strictest patriarchy there is. They believe they know better than the great unwashed masses, while in fact they know less.

rbj on November 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Yes, Obama is responsible for this fiasco but all of the Democrats in the house and senate share equal responsibility. All of those charlatans have dealt the country a serious blow.

rplat on November 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

We better have some damn good tv ads for 2014 and 2016.

bluegill on November 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Yes, Obama is responsible for this fiasco but all of the Democrats in the house and senate share equal responsibility. All of those charlatans have dealt the country a serious blow.
rplat on November 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Exactly right. Need to start calling this Democrat-care and also link it to Hillary.

bluegill on November 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

A steaming pile enabled by low information voters.

Hope they choke on it.

socalcon on November 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

With this background in mind, just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

Success by November 30th is 100% guaranteed. By that time, they will have had numerous “extended maintenance periods” to deal with the technical side. But more importantly they will have changed the definition of full functionality to attain a “success.”

It will be some cobbled together cumbersome and highly manual process but it will be declared a complete success. Otherwise, after the Sham Wow speech, it will make the lazy stupid coward into a liar. And we simply can’t have that!

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 8:53 AM

The bureaucrats and the activists thought they were smarter than the markets, and smarter than the people who have actual experience in the private sector.

Beyond the usual bloated government problem, I’m starting to worry that there just aren’t enough educated and moral people around anymore (as a percentage) to sustain modern civilization. Even if there are, will their policies carry the day with the idiocracy?

Fenris on November 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans,

I have experienced these horrible attacks by Republicans and they are dreadful. What the hell else do you expect in politics? No wonder Obummer wilted in front of Putin! He’s good at killing people is his brag? Nobel Peace prize my a$$. Hope I don’t get audited.

Herb on November 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

…how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

Just like his failed insurance plan promise being blamed on insurance companies, he will blame failing to meet the Nov 30th deadline on the calendar industry.

hillsoftx on November 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Good grief, creating the website is the easiest part of BOCare to implement and the idiots screwed that up. I am confident they will do a great job running the Death Panel…….killing people and/or just making their lives miserable is definitely in the democrats wheelhouse.

David in ATL on November 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM

…just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

You don’t understand Ed! King Barack WILL make it work by the sheer force of His magnificent will!

Besides, things aren’t supposed to fall apart until AFTER King Barack leaves office. That’s the way it’s always worked in the past.

GarandFan on November 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

The first time that we hear the truth is from a comedian, Jackie Mason.

The whole country’s walking around wondering if this guy’s really the president of a country. He sounds more like a maniac in an asylum,” Mason said in a radio interview Sunday night.

“He’s saying things that nobody believes. He was always lying every day of his life. Every time he talks it was a lie.

“He looks at you straight in the face, and tells you that if you want your plan, you got your plan, you keep your plan.

Now, a month-and-a-half later, you got no plan, you lost your plan, and he tells you you still got a plan.”

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM

I won!

What’s wrong with these people?

cmsinaz on November 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The White House didn’t heed this warning for the same reason they embarked on this project in the first place. The bureaucrats and the activists thought they were smarter than the markets, and smarter than the people who have actual experience in the private sector.

Conversely, how devoted can you be to a throwaway applause line for some speech. After the clapping stopped, their level of give-a-sh!t about “your healthcare” pretty much dwindled away, right?

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

So,….the Democrats new ahead of time, that they were going to Drive
into the Ditch!!

And, Democrats had the Gall, to blame the GOP for not warning them!!

UGH!(sarc)

canopfor on November 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

CBS News reports that an internal memo warned the White House three years ago that the Healthcare.gov project was turning into a disaster, and that no one with any expertise had control of the project:

How do these facts fit the narrative that the only thing wrong with Obamacare is that Republicans have not embraced it and have worked every step of the way to thwart the lazy stupid coward and his corrupt party? Did the GOP hire the folks running HealthCare.gov?

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

I saw it coming.
Helen Keller

katy the mean old lady on November 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Did the White House bring in ground-up business people and web-savvy firms to take over from the bureaucrats and the contractors who wasted $400 million on a web portal that doesn’t portal anything? No — they brought in Jeffrey Zients, one of Obama’s economic advisers, and kept everyone else in place.

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig…..
/identities

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

David Cutler: White Guy.

Bishop on November 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM

just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

hahahahahhahaha…

bazil9 on November 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I saw it coming.
Helen Keller

katy the mean old lady on November 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

She heard it coming too, and it was so bad she told everyone but they didn’t pay attention.

Bishop on November 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Conversely, how devoted can you be to a throwaway applause line for some speech.

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

The thing about throwaway lines from campaign speeches is that you aren’t supposed to keep using them to the point where they become a de facto promise. Up until October 1, there were many LIVs who truly believed that they would be saving $2500/year and they could keep their plans and doctors.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

No sympathy for these liv and their healthcare woes

You wanted these idiots you got it

No whining

cmsinaz on November 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Wait. Deval Patrick says this is a good chance for Obama to get out and sell Obamacare? Again? It was enacted almost 42 months ago. Many of its attractive benefits have been in place since the beginning, and it was unpopular. Now, people are getting the bill and seeing the consequences. So now we need more sales pitches while the economy drifts for many more months while Obama bureaucrats handcuff other aspects of American society.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Obama: “I’m really good at killing health plans”

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

1. They felt good about it
2. It was for the people
3. Government knows best
4. All opposition was racist in nature
5. Sandra Fluke

How could it not work?

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Two of the best clips you’ll ever find on taking down an Progressive and the whole crap about “FREE HEALTHCARE”.

http://bme.ccny.cuny.edu/faculty/mbikson/Courses/BMESeniorDesign/EthicsOfHealthRationing.pdf

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2013/10/canada_has_death_panels_and_that_s_a_good_thing.html

PappyD61 on November 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

So,….the Democrats knew ahead of time, that they were going to Drive
into the Ditch!!

canopfor on November 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Makes you want to go back and review the HHS Congressional testimony on Obamacare for the last three years. I don’t recall any administration official staking out a position other than this super awesome new program was under budget, ahead of schedule, and going to be a huge success.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

cmsinaz on November 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I agree CMS but many
who didn’t support this are
effing screwed.
Those I care about. Let-em’ scream from the roof tops!

bazil9 on November 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

She heard it coming too, and it was so bad she told everyone but they didn’t pay attention.

Bishop on November 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Snort.

katy the mean old lady on November 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I was loading some Berger 52gr bullets on to 5.56 cases this weekend. When I opened the Berger box this quote was contained within.

“Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.”
—Sir Francis Bacon

claudius on November 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Excuse: “The GOP didn’t vote us enough money to ‘do it right.’”

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Has anyone figured out who O’care is supposed to be good for yet?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Up until October 1, there were many LIVs who truly believed that they would be saving $2500/year and they could keep their plans and doctors.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Even today, WhiteHouse.gov says

If you like your plan you can keep it and you don’t have to change a thing due to the health care law.

Nixon resigned for much, much less.

Shame on Obama.

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Many of its attractive benefits have been in place since the beginning, and it was unpopular. Now, people are getting the bill and seeing the consequences.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

I can’t stress this enough. Democrats enacted Obamacare the way they did because they wanted all the credit. They wanted to go into the 2014 mid-terms being able to point to the GOP and remind voters that Obamacare was passed solely by Democrats.

How’s that working out for them?

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I honestly believe that 75% of this whole issue was driven by birth control and abortion. The Left is wacko blind when it comes to these two issues.

They believe the Constitutional Convention was called to make sure Americans could have consequence-free sex.

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The lynchpin of Obamacare is being implemented smoothly: eliminate or raise rates astronomically on insurance for anyone operating independently, i.e.: small business owners, entrepreneurs, or anyone else not incentivized to support marxist policy. Of course, I am considered racist for holding such views.

litebrite on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Obama: “I’m really good at killing health plans”

faraway on November 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Romney should do an ad: “I was quoted out of context, saying ‘I like to fire [incompetent] people.’ But I never said ‘I like to cancel people’s health plans.’”

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:09 AM

The warnings were specific and dire — and ignored.

Sounds just like Benghazi, doesn’t it?

Socratease on November 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Has anyone figured out who O’care is supposed to be good for yet?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Uninsured, low-income, parasites with health issues. They get a free ride because some 27-year-old male in perfect health is being forced to pay over $10K/year for services and benefits he will never use or anatomically never need.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

And if Obama was a Republican, the MSM would have been digging through dumpsters 3 years ago to find that memo. And if they couldn’t find it, they’d report on it anyway, based on “anonymous sources”.

ardenenoch on November 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Excuse: “The GOP didn’t vote us enough money to ‘do it right.’”

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Yeah, $643M doesn’t go as far as it used to. /

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Has anyone figured out who O’care is supposed to be good for yet?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Infantilizing Americans.

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I can’t stress this enough. Democrats enacted Obamacare the way they did because they wanted all the credit. They wanted to go into the 2014 mid-terms being able to point to the GOP and remind voters that Obamacare was passed solely by Democrats.
How’s that working out for them?
Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I agree. I know many people are saying the Dems planned for failure/trainwreck right away, but I don’t think so. I think they really are this incompetent.

bluegill on November 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Obamacare: Memo reveals health care adviser warned W.H. was losing control 3 years ago

Good thing we knew about this before the 2012 election.

/

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Barack Obama: “I didn’t read that memo”

The no-fault insurance policy Obama purchased the day he entered the White House. (and he’s keeping this plan)

Rovin on November 4, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The WH (and the Dem enablers in Congress and the media) were more interested in leveling the wealth of the middles class while fundamentally providing even more wealth for the non-productive slackers, in fundamentally crushing the health-care insurance sector, and in fundamentally transforming health-care professionals into employees of the State.

onlineanalyst on November 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Any bets that their year sign up will be their last?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Money line, “[No one] had experience in complex business start-ups.”

No kidding. It’s an administration of central-planning academics who have never run anything other than their mouths.

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

One of the objectives of the website is to increase Dem registration via data collection.

onlineanalyst on November 4, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Deval Patrick can add “tone deaf” to his list of disibilities.

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

No — they brought in Jeffrey Zients, one of Obama’s economic advisers, and kept everyone else in place. With this background in mind, just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

.
Oh, to be fair, Jeff didn’t say November of any particular yearbut maybe he’s a really good liar.

ExpressoBold on November 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Obama (2007-30 Sept 2013): “If you like yoh health plan, you can keep yoh health plan. PERIOD.”

Obama (1 Oct 2013 to date): “If you like yoh health plan, you can’t keep yoh health plan. PERIOD.”

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Obysmal: “Don’t call my bluff, Eric.”

Obysmal and the Dems are all bluff, bluster, and fundamental deceit.

onlineanalyst on November 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

By the way, I think the Obama administration needs to get Ezekiel Emmanuel on television more to sell Obamacare. They are missing out on the talents of an extraordinary salesman.

/

BuckeyeSam on November 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

More and more the real goal comes to light. This was NEVER about providing health care. This was ONLY used as a way to destroy the private health care industry, leaving only the Feds left to provide the health care, IE single payer.

watertown on November 4, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Money line, “[No one] had experience in complex business start-ups.”

No kidding. It’s an administration of central-planning academics who have never run anything other than their mouths.

mankai on November 4, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Heh! LOLZ

ted c on November 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

They believe they know better than the great unwashed masses, while in fact they know less.

rbj on November 4, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Leftists have been trying to conquer the market for a century. They can’t and never will, no matter how many super-genius ivy league technocrats and lawyers they hire. No humans can figure out and direct the millions upon millions of transactions that occur every day and the “invisible hand.”

Unfortunately, under the guise of “social justice,” Low Info voters will continue to vote for Leftists who they believe are trying to “help” the “little guy.” The Left-wing media bias is also a problem.

Lower and middle-income families to be hardest hit in the end, as usual.

visions on November 4, 2013 at 9:23 AM

canopfor on November 4, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Makes you want to go back and review the HHS Congressional testimony on Obamacare for the last three years. I don’t recall any administration official staking out a position other than this super awesome new program was under budget, ahead of schedule, and going to be a huge success.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Happy Nomad:Yuppers:0

canopfor on November 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Thank you, Justice Roberts for bending yourself into a pretzel to put your blessing upon this sh*t sandwich that we are all now dining on.

litebrite on November 4, 2013 at 9:33 AM

I can’t stress this enough. Democrats enacted Obamacare the way they did because they wanted all the credit. They wanted to go into the 2014 mid-terms being able to point to the GOP and remind voters that Obamacare was passed solely by Democrats.

How’s that working out for them?

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:08 AM

I say, let’s make sure that they are given as much credit as possible leading into both of those elections.

Give it to ‘em good and hard.

TeresainFortWorth on November 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I think you’re exactly right about why this is the most flubbed up experience in the history of mankind…it all has to do with the inflated egos and narcissism of…

The bureaucrats and the activists thought they were smarter than the markets, and smarter than the people who have actual experience in the private sector.

Not to mention a blatant disregard for the impact this boondoggle would have on the American people they’re supposed to represent. As if we don’t all have enough stress and anxiety in our lives, those of us with health problems and insurance now live in fear that we’ll be thrown under the government bus and all our choices will be taken away. They should be ashamed of themselves, but instead they act like people shouldn’t have had those “substandard” plans anyway!

scalleywag on November 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Big bus with a lot of clearance is reving up inside the White House

R Square on November 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Has anyone figured out who O’care is supposed to be good for yet?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

It’s good for illegal aliens. They’re exempt from the mandate and the penalty, yet they’re still entitled to walk into any U.S. hospital and demand “free” care under EMTALA.

AZCoyote on November 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

“I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”

Since the president’s vision is to destroy America, they were doing just what he wanted.

Ward Cleaver on November 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Let the record show that in his public remarks over the last three years Cutler widely insisted that everything with the ACA was going to go great.

Chuckles3 on November 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

This might require a triple header of blame:
1) Someone / several have to go under the bus
2) Evil cabal of entrenched business interests (capitalist)
3) sabatoge from political extremists from other party

Insert at each point:: Obama accepts blame for underestimating the lengths to which depraved people and special interests will go to hurt people

R Square on November 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Any bets that their year sign up will be their last?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I don’t think they’ll even give Obamacare the year. Why should they? Healthy young people don’t need the kind of insurance they are going to be forced to buy. It is nothing but wealth redistribution from the young. I don’t know about you but I did not have much disposible income when I was in my twenties and I sure as hell wouldn’t have spent it all on health insurance.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Here’s Cutler testifying in August of THIS YEAR saying how great the ACA would be for everyone:

http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/image_uploads/Testimony-%20David%20Cutler%203-30-11.pdf

Chuckles3 on November 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

I say, let’s make sure that they are given as much credit as possible leading into both of those elections.

Give it to ‘em good and hard.

TeresainFortWorth on November 4, 2013 at 9:35 AM

I agree but the GOP has to do more than merely point fingers and scream defund. They’ve got to have an explicit set of alternatives. Ideas that resonate with the LIVs like “no pre-existing conditions” and not dull inside-the-beltway stuff like cost-shifting.

Happy Nomad on November 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

CBS: White House warned three years ago that ObamaCare was running off the rails

Ozzy predicted this: I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

rukiddingme on November 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Filthy, greasy Liar…

JohnGalt23 on November 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

…how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

Just like his failed insurance plan promise being blamed on insurance companies, he will blame failing to meet the Nov 30th deadline on the calendar industry.

hillsoftx on November 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

OK, that not only made me spew coffee all over my monitor and keyboard, I think I might’ve soiled my pants a bit, too.

Laugh O’ The Week®.

Dime IV on November 4, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans that voters would figure how awful this law is, the White House became secretive about the law’s complexity and regulatory reach.

FIFY

This lame retort that the process would have been more open and prone to correction if Republicans would have just gotten onboard is one of the most ridiculous arguments ever. Republicans are not the executive. It is, and has always been, Obama’s responsibility to implement this law. And the simple fact is that this administration was terrified of telling the general public what this law’s ultimate results would be. And they still are. Less than one year from now we’ll be talking about the same “If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance” lie. Except then we won’t be talking about 5% of the currently insured.

NotCoach on November 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Has anyone figured out who O’care is supposed to be good for yet?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

As a matter of fact, yes I have: Cronies.

If you even do a coarse analysis of the math, this is not wealth distribution to those that cannot afford healthcare. There’s a bunch of excess money blowing around.

And the GOP is on the gravy train too. So, if we’re waiting on them to stand up and be heard, we’ll be waiting a long time.

My (our?) last hope: Convention of States

Tsar of Earth on November 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

“I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”

If Stalin had received this letter from a trusted adviser………

Its disconcerting that the US Constitution doesn’t mention the need for admin members to carry out visions of the Executive.

BobMbx on November 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

We better have some damn good tv ads for 2014 and 2016.

bluegill on November 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM

No shit. Those two elections should make 2010 look like a walk in the park for Democrats. If they don’t, the GOP has once again missed a golden opportunity.

Kafir on November 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Jeffery Zients will say or do anything for Dear Leader…he’s better qualified for this job.

d1carter on November 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Ah! But let us not further humiliate Dear Leader by asking that he lay the hammer down right on the (previous) wicked witch of Kansas, Herr Sebilius.

BettyRuth on November 4, 2013 at 8:48 AM

If he lays the hammer on her, what should he do with the sickle?

Kafir on November 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Here’s Cutler testifying in August of THIS YEAR saying how great the ACA would be for everyone:

http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/sites/default/files/image_uploads/Testimony-%20David%20Cutler%203-30-11.pdf

Chuckles3 on November 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Reading his testimony is an eye opener, did you know that this monstrosity of an epic clusterfarknado is going to create “250,000 to 400,000 jobs annually over the next decade”? That’s 2.5 – 4 Million Jobs by 2023, holy crap why we didn’t do this sooner we’ll never know. I’m guessing that most of those jobs will be unicorn skittle fart collectors, but still impressive.

D-fusit on November 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The WH doesn’t care. Control is their ultimate goal, and bumps or mountains in the road don’t matter to them. They want to turn all of us into serfs.

sadatoni on November 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Of course, it’s really a “good thing” because they have to go out and sell it again. While the mess continues to collapse and fester. Only in government. Where you don’t have to capable, efficient or knowledgeable. Just like this ugly group of utter buffoons in and round the Man With The 160 IQ.
Remember, as a general rule politicians are at the bottom of the human barrel, naturally with leftist trash at the very dark and dirty bottom.
Thank you media for helping to give us this garbage. The dregs of the human race.

arand on November 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Has anyone figured out who O’care is supposed to be good for yet?

antipc on November 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Welfare recipients and 18 to 26-year-old “children” living in Mommy’s basement. Without them, Romney would have won the election.

And we can’t forget the beach bum in La Jolla on food stamps. He’ll probably get free surgery if he falls off his surfboard.

Steve Z on November 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The best and brightest among us being secretive about regulations in the most transparent admin evah! Imagine that.

Kissmygrits on November 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Stay the course Barry! Grab hold of the sternpost and ride that wave to the finish line.

Whatever you do, don’t let go … and you might want to hold your breath.

Carnac on November 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The White House didn’t heed this warning for the same reason they embarked on this project in the first place. The bureaucrats and the activists thought they were smarter than the markets, and smarter than the people who have actual experience in the private sector.

Sorry, but this is utterly wrong. And I’m simply amazed that so many nominally intelligent people on the Right continue to naively believe that the intent of ObamaCare was to increase enrollment in health insurance in order to lower health care costs.

One more time: the purpose of ObamaCare is to DESTROY the private health INSURANCE sector in order to facilitate a govt takeover of the health CARE sector.

And everything is going according to plan.

Phase 1 is where we are now – that is, skyrocketing premiums as a result of govt regulations. This will soon be followed by an all-out Democrat propaganda assault on private health insurance companies. They’re floating it now and are just waiting for one instance of private insurer malfeasance – no matter how small or insignificant – to latch on to. This will then give the US news media the nugget it needs to stop covering the hundred failures caused by govt and to start around-the-clock coverage of the one private insurer failure.

Then comes blanket indictments of the entire private insurance industry. Then comes the “hearings”…followed by more regulations and “partnerships” between govt and “socially-minded” private insurers. A few years pass. Then comes the “shocking news” that a big private insurer is declaring bankruptcy.

Yada yada yada.

Then, it’s on to Phase 2, where the Democrats and the US news media will introduce the US public to the threat posed by “greedy private hospitals” and “selfish doctors”.

rvastar on November 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Planned failure. You can guess the rest……..

avagreen on November 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

rvastar on November 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

OOps! Shudda read the post above first.

Computer problems for the past several weeks..

avagreen on November 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Did the White House bring in ground-up business people and web-savvy firms to take over from the bureaucrats…? No — they brought in Jeffrey Zients, one of Obama’s economic advisers, and kept everyone else in place. With this background in mind, just how likely will it be that the November 30th deadline for full functionality will be met?

Zero chance that the web site will be working in 2013 or 2014…when the whole thing will be repealed by newly-elected Republicans and/or millions of citizens with pitchforks.

landlines on November 5, 2013 at 12:48 AM