Good news: Obama administration doing a bit of soul searching in the wake of all these screwups

posted at 1:01 pm on November 16, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama’s out-of-nowhere-save-political-desperation announcement this week that he — emphasis on the he — intends to ‘allow‘ insurers to temporarily extend policies that have recently been canceled because they do not meet the coverage standards established by his signature legislative achievement. It’s an almost absurdly unworkable “fix” designed purely to enable the White House to be able to shift some of the blame for cancelled plans onto the insurance companies themselves, prompting a lot of people to wonder… is the president and his administration just making all of this up at will as they along?

Because that’s certainly what it looks like. Apparently, the White House is finally cottoning on to their steadily worsening image as a harebrained, unscrupulous, wildly political, say-anything talking-points machine, so no worries — they’re going to look into it. The WSJ reports:

The White House has begun a quiet self-assessment in the wake of the troubled health-law launch, recognizing that administration officials missed warning signs and put too much trust in their management practices in implementing a program that is the centerpiece of President Barack Obama‘s domestic legacy.

White House officials want to learn how the rollout flopped, despite what they believed had been sufficient planning, preparation and attention to the issue. Although not a full-bore “forensic” inquiry into what went wrong, the administration aims to organize itself so that “going forward, we don’t have these problems,” a senior White House official said in an interview. …

More details about managerial shortcomings emerged Friday, when a House committee released emails showing that staff who were working on the HealthCare.gov website worried the project was off track months before the Oct. 1 launch.

A self-assessment, thank goodness! My confidence is practically restored already!

…Alright, yes, that was sarcasm, but I’m sure there are plenty of “folks” — to borrow one of the president’s favored terms — for whom that could be true, and the White House’s ridiculously botched healthcare rollout isn’t doing progressivism any favors.


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Soul searching?

Perhaps they will start with the sofa cushions? Those souls are such easy things to lose.

ajacksonian on November 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Soul searching?

Perhaps they will start with the sofa cushions? Those souls are such easy things to lose.

ajacksonian on November 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Funny but I reject the idea that the White House is engaged in self-assessment. That implies that they truly were blindsided by the lies concerning the website, ability to keep one’s plan, etc.

EVERYBODY FROM THE LAZY STUPID COWARD ON DOWN KNEW ALL OF THIS YEARS AGO! The only thing they’re trying to figure out is how come they didn’t get away with it.

Happy Nomad on November 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM

After all that soul searching they’ll decide that they have to improve their “messaging.”

PackerBronco on November 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Yup. Same old dog food with new packaging.
Will they ever realize that the dogs just don’t like the dog food.

petefrt on November 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Wish the most transparent admin evah! would spill their guts on what the marching orders were that prezzy On Me gave to the insurance execs yesterday. I want to know if I should buy insurance company stocks or see what I have.

Kissmygrits on November 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Yup. Same old dog food with new packaging.
Will they ever realize that the dogs just don’t like the dog food.

petefrt on November 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Nope. They’ll just blame the dogs.

Happy Nomad on November 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Wish the most transparent admin evah! would spill their guts on what the marching orders were that prezzy On Me gave to the insurance execs yesterday. I want to know if I should buy insurance company stocks or see what I have.

Kissmygrits on November 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM

I don’t think it matters. It doesn’t seem as if consumers and the various state insurance commissioners are going along with the “idea” that the lazy stupid one floated as a mandate.

I don’t think the lawyers for those insurance companies will go along either. What happens when you offer up “substandard” coverage that is technically illegal to even sell and some Obamacare provision isn’t covered. Seems like a perfect situation to sue the insurance company for not covering stuff that they are supposed to cover by law.

Happy Nomad on November 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

They are making it up as they go along AND changing the rules in the middle of the game.

tj4osu on November 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 16, 2013 at 4:37 PM

…thank you!
LOL!

KOOLAID2 on November 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I don’t think it matters. It doesn’t seem as if consumers and the various state insurance commissioners are going along with the “idea” that the lazy stupid one floated as a mandate.

I don’t think the lawyers for those insurance companies will go along either. What happens when you offer up “substandard” coverage that is technically illegal to even sell and some Obamacare provision isn’t covered. Seems like a perfect situation to sue the insurance company for not covering stuff that they are supposed to cover by law.

Happy Nomad on November 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Exactly. Rush brought this up this week. If a health insurance company ends up in court, “Obama said in a speech that this would be okay…” is not a defense.

slickwillie2001 on November 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

First you have to have a soul…you will not convince me that this baby killing bunch of democrats have a soul…they live in darkness

crosshugger on November 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Naw, they assume they had a moral motive, so they aren’t looking for anything about themselves to correct, they are looking for someone to blame.

Never in this life time will a liberal search for flaws in themselves, that would make them a conservative.

The real kind not the ones here that hate everyone and everything. They are just liberals raised in the South. They do what is cool with the people around them.

petunia on November 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Obama administration doing a bit of soul searching

That’s racist.

Ronnie on November 17, 2013 at 2:40 AM

Hmmm, okay, folks, we are here for the Mandatory Self-Assessment Program. Please place your tickets on your desks in front of you, and be sure you have two (2) number-two (#2) pencils.

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Let’s see here . . . okay, we tried to redesign a $3 trillion industry from scratch. None of us knew anything about it beyond academic proposals and none of us had any relevant experience either in the industry or in designing large systems.

What else? All right, we didn’t allow the process to go forward normally because there was reelection to worry about, so anything which might conceivably been used against the campaign must be delayed and hidden from view. And we made wild promises we knew we never could keep that would affect millions of people directly, negatively, and significantly, and never thought about what to do when they realized it.

Anything else? Oh, the website. We spent half a billion dollars on a website that doesn’t work in any respect. It can’t serve the customer or transfer the necessary application information to the end insurance carriers. And we have no freakin’ clue how to fix it.

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Well, there ya go. We’ve looked at everything! What could possibly have gone wrong? It must have been just very, VERY bad luck.

Adjoran on November 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

“Managerial shortcomings”?! Ya think? Obamacare was handled like a college-level group project for a theoretical assignment where no one took leadership and there were no group meetings to review the final project before they handed it in and now they’re shocked at the big “F” they received. This administration operates with the managerial sophistication of a group of college freshman. No experience, no real-world consequences and someone else is paying all the bills.

Good Lord, this is a nightmare. Please let the grown-ups take over in 2016 (dare I hope for 2014?).

inmypajamas on November 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

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