Obama: Republicans are partly to blame for ObamaCare fiasco, you know

posted at 12:01 pm on November 20, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Call this the Tinkerbell Argument — the notion that ObamaCare’s failures can be partly blamed on a failure to applaud it enthusiastically enough.  The Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 with no Republican votes, but with its own funding mechanisms thanks to a myriad of taxes applied immediately. The Obama administration had more than three years to focus on delivery without any GOP interference in the executive branch, which it spent promulgating regulation like the contraception mandate rather than developing a web portal that worked. Republicans couldn’t manage to defund any of the ACA efforts even after winning control of the House.

But it’s Republicans rooting against the law that created the failures in his administration, Obama insisted yesterday:

Obama said that fixes to the HealthCare.gov Web portal are underway and that the exchange will function for a majority of people by the end of November. But the president said staunch opposition from congressional Republicans is inhibiting the law’s implementation.

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington. “We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”

Both of these are nonsense arguments.  Opposition to the law on Capitol Hill has zero substantive impact on the ACA; it’s merely rhetorical, and it’s being proven prescient by the White House’ performance.  It hasn’t impacted funding or development in any significant sense at all. Democrats have had full control over the implementation of ObamaCare, and have full responsibility for its outcomes.

Furthermore, the idea that the only problems facing HHS and the White House are marketing and branding is nothing short of breathtakingly obtuse.  Millions of people have lost coverage that they preferred, and will have to pay higher premiums and deductibles for coverage they didn’t choose.  The website, as the Post notes in the same article, turns out to be only 60% or so complete when the administration insisted all year long that it was ready to roll out on time.

Obama seems unwilling or unable to come to grips with the scope of the disaster his administration has created.  Instead of blaming Capitol Hill Republicans for not clapping enthusiastically enough to save Tink, a competent executive would start replacing the people responsible for the massive failures.  In my column for The Week, I wonder why Obama still hasn’t sent heads rolling over the problem — and why we’re supposed to have confidence that the people who couldn’t succeed in three-plus years are the people to fix the problems over the next three weeks:

The most charitable conclusion from all of the revelations in the ACA collapse is that the management of this project has been incompetent, which for most executives would prompt a significant number of personnel changes. After all, leaving the same people in the same roles doesn’t produce a lot of confidence in the ability to fix those problems now.

Even former administration officials have begun to wonder aloud why no heads have rolled in the past seven weeks. “I think the only way to restore ultimate confidence going forward,” Robert Gibbs told NBC News, “is to make sure that whoever was in charge of this isn’t in charge of the long-term healthcare plan.” David Plouffe predicted on ABC News that personnel changes would come “once the website gets fixed.”

Unlike the previous fiascos, this one has seriously damaged Barack Obama himself, and not just in job approval ratings. Over the four-plus years of the Obama presidency, his enduring high marks on personal qualities have tided the White House over some rough times. According to the latestWashington Post/ABC News poll, those days are over. Voter impressions of Obama himself turned unfavorable by a majority for the first time in the series, 46/52; 60 percent viewed him favorably in January, and 50 percent just three weeks ago. Half of respondents now say they don’t see Obama as “honest and trustworthy,” which goes to 46/52 when narrowed down to registered voters. Only 38 percent of registered voters see Obama as a “good manager,” and his ratings as a “strong leader” dropped from 60/38 in January to 44/55 now.

These assessments are long overdue. A strong leader would have paid more attention to the central project of his agenda long before its implementation. An adequate executive would have already removed those responsible for inexplicable failure and replaced them with more competent officials. Even a mediocre manager would know better than to promise more success with the same team that produced a spectacular and costly failure. The longer those people remain in place, the more apparent it becomes that Barack Obama finds himself in far over his head as an executive — and the less confidence anyone can have in his big-government promises and agenda.

Unless, of course, you believe in fairy tales.


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Schadenfreude on November 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I can’t wait for The Commie’s right eye to start twitching.
OhEssYouCowboys on November 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

And he starts rolling ball bearings in one hand.

Cleombrotus on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Via Twitchy—put out with the trash:

https://twitter.com/seanagnew/status/403139803123691521/photo/1

INC on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Obama’s comments came after the administration official who oversaw the technical development of the federal health insurance marketplace testified before Congress that 30 to 40 percent of the overall project has yet to be completed.

Ed, that is not correct. That is the portion that is COMPLETED. The portion that still needs to be done is the larger portion, 60-70 percent.

Watch here, starting at 3:18. He asks Chao how much still needs to be built. Reply: “I think it’s just an approximation…ah…probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent.” Congressman: “60 or 70 percent that still needs to be built still?” Chao: “Because we still have to build the payment system, to make payments to issuers in January.” Congressman: “Let me get this correct, 60 to 70 percent of Healthcare.gov still needs to be built?” Chao: “It’s not really Healthcare.gov. It’s the federally facilitated marketplace.” Congressman: “The entire system that the American people are being required to rely upon,..”

He then goes on to say that the accounting, back-office and payment systems need to still be built. Chao is then asked how the remaining 60-70 percent will be tested, and in answering, Chao says that it is 30-40 percent that needs to be tested. He didn’t correct the Congressman during the exchange before that, so I think he misspoke, or is talking about something else entirely.

At 4:35, the Congressman asks about testing and how that will be done and affect each portion. Chao says that testing of the back-end, the part that still needs to be built, isn’t even attached/part of the front-end part. To me, that sounds as though the payment part and the shopping part are two entirely different things. Not anything like Amazon or Travelocity in buying.

Patriot Vet on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington.

Pretty safe investment it seems to me Bambi.

PackerBronco on November 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

We are witnessing the POTUS coming apart at the seams…he’ll be in the fetal position soon. That’s why we are seeing stories from the State Run Media about him being so happy and singing…

d1carter on November 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

I have a question…

If you qualify for a subsidy, even say 100% “free” premium coverage, do you still have to pay the deductible? Also, does the deductible apply for the “free” birth control, mammograms, abortions, etc? People are going to freak out when they go in for all their free stuff and are told it’s really not free until they cover a several thousand dollar deductible. Mainly, my stupid dem family members. Luckily we won’t be together this thanksgiving, but next year should be a doozie. I’m so torn between laughing at their naive, shattered dreams of Obamatopia, and being sad because I love them and they are going to be hurting from all this, and they are working class people who can’t afford this mess. And of course anger, that they brought this disaster on the rest of us… Sigh.

Boudica on November 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

If your income is below a threshold of 2.5X poverty level yet above Medicaid levels, you will qualify in most counties for additional subsidies against deductibles and also copays. Your deductible can be lowered to as little as $500.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington. “We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”

Yeah, one side is invested in failure and YOU own it, Stinkerbell. As to “remarket and rebrand”, a turd by any other name…

ghostwalker1 on November 20, 2013 at 1:04 PM

These assessments are long overdue. A strong leader would have paid more attention to the central project of his agenda long before its implementation. An adequate executive would have already removed those responsible for inexplicable failure and replaced them with more competent officials. Even a mediocre manager would know better than to promise more success with the same team that produced a spectacular and costly failure. The longer those people remain in place, the more apparent it becomes that Barack Obama finds himself in far over his head as an executive — and the less confidence anyone can have in his big-government promises and agenda.

Note that last sentence… we have the start of blaming the failures not on the fundamental bankruptcy of the promises and agenda, but on the incompetence of the implementation of those promises and agenda.

It might take the most of the next 11 months, but do not be surprised if the progressive ideologues in the media invest much of that time tossing Barack Obama under the proverbial bus in an effort to stem the bleeding for the 2014 midterm elections.

Athos on November 20, 2013 at 1:05 PM

So they finally fell back to that old standard, “the Kulaks are sabotaging the 5 year plan.” Everything old is new again.

Fred 2 on November 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM

I understand that the White House is paralyzed as there is a big investigation into a missing quart of strawberries…..

mouell on November 20, 2013 at 1:06 PM

so the GOP which had notthing to do with the law
they had no votes for it
had no funding for it
did not select the vendors
did not write up any regulations

are from mr IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH PLAN YOU CAN KEEP IT, PERIOD.

now says its the GOP’s fault

Reminds me of him blaming a youtube video for benghazi.

the only thing saving this incompetent lying guy from impeachement is the RACE CARD

sniffles1999 on November 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS TRYING TO PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG.

sniffles1999 on November 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

We are witnessing the POTUS coming apart at the seams…he’ll be in the fetal position soon. That’s why we are seeing stories from the State Run Media about him being so happy and singing…

d1carter on November 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Yeah this was the point when the Soviets used to suspend all regular programming and started playing classical and patriotic music.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

faraway on November 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

From your link:

According to Rokelle Lerner, author of The Object of My Affection is In My Reflection, the three usual reasons for a narcissistic injury are (p.44):

1.The threat of losing the primary source of narcissistic supply, be that a job or a relationship

2. A failure of old strategies to work, for example, someone challenging their power or trying to take control.

3. An unexpected situation in which their “robust sense of self
dissolves and they become desperate”

Interesting. All 3 are currently true or inevitable. Leaving the White House (what? I’m not the most powerful man in the world anymore? Just imagine the cold-turkey DTs associated with that addiction), his strategy of lying no longer working, and a majoirty now know he is a liar and incompetent.

Since, my friend, you have revealed your
Deepest fear,
I sentence you to be exposed before
Your peers.

~Pink Floyd, The Wall. 1979

BobMbx on November 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS TRYING TO PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG.

sniffles1999 on November 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Leave Mooch out of this.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 1:13 PM

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Thanks.

Boudica on November 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Dumbo gets it in the wrong order. First you get somebody to believe your BS and then you get caught ought right lying. It doesn’t work the other way around. And I’m speaking from experience.

rik on November 20, 2013 at 1:15 PM

This law only helps the poor. It destroys healthcare for all others.

Schadenfreude on November 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM

You are falling into the trap that “coverage” equals “care”. This travesty of a law helps no one except those making off with billions of our dollars. The Medicaid system will be overloaded and those “poor” that the law purports to help will have no access to doctors to care for them. Because of copays and deductibles, middle and upper middle class people will not be able to afford much specialty treatment. The only ones able to gain access to the best doctors will be the very wealthy and powerful.

It’s not only the website that is broken, it is also the health insurance industry and the healthcare industry. Welcome to the third world Amerika.

NOMOBO on November 20, 2013 at 1:16 PM

That was my initial reaction as well. However, as I watch the full clip I wonder if it was actually some subtle satire. The reporter actually points out the crash of the website…and reports the full number of sign-ups at…2 !

dont taze me bro on November 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

It’s just the double standard that you’d even bother registering what the Secretary of HHS was wearing. Though, given the events Sebelius goes to these days, perhaps she should start wearing screen of death blue to coordinate with the website.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Sickening. Absolutely.

How can anyone stomach this whineybaby long enough to even admit they support him?

avagreen on November 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Where to go with this one?

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/michelle-obama-my-husband-has-got-swag_767940.html

In an interview on BET MessiahNet last night with Bow Wow and Keshia Chante, First Lady Michelle Obama talked up her husband, President Barack Obama. “I always say my husband has got swag,” said Mrs. Obama. “He’s got a little swag.” The audience applauded.

Mrs. Obama also said that the president of the United States “sings all the time.” She continued, “Oh, yes, he’s in the bathroom all the time just singing.”

PappyD61 on November 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

They won’t chant, they won’t hold hands…it’s their fault it isn’t working!

http://watchdog.org/cartoons/non-believer-discovered/

cartooner on November 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

“Most of the benefits of the new program will go to the poor and less-well-off and most of the costs will be born by the well off those not considered poor.

FIFT

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Sticker shock is a Right Wing Conspiracy. The Democrats who concocted this thing had been infiltrated by DINOs who sold out to the evil Insurance industry. If the code doesn’t work, it’s because of Republican saboteurs. Let the witch hunts begin!

(/sarc necessary because people in positions of influence and responsibility are saying even sillier things in all seriousness.)

Confutus on November 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

So let me get this straight.

You didn’t practice the instrument.

You didn’t learn the songs.

You didn’t rehearse.

You got on stage and predictably bombed miserably.

And, because I booed, it’s my fault you suck.

CurtZHP on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

BRILLIANT Curt!

JusDreamin on November 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Yea and 100 million people have enrolled eh DogEater?. F U slime bag!

jawkneemusic on November 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

jawk, I have a theory about this. But we won’t see it until next year.

I think Jugears was talking about people in Group Plans. Andrew McCarthy has the write-up here, as Ed linked to. Andrew says that there are 156 million in employer based plans. And according to the DOJ, 39-69 percent will lose their employer based coverage. Maybe even as high as 80 percent.

Mind you, 156 million Americans get health coverage through their jobs.

John cites the Federal Register, dated June 17, 2010, beginning at page 34,552 (Vol. 75, No. 116)[PDF page 16-17-PV]. It includes a chart that outlines the Obama administration’s projections. The chart indicates that somewhere between 39 and 69 percent of employer plans would lose their “grandfather” protection by 2013. In fact, for small-business employers, the high-end estimate is a staggering 80 percent (and even on the low end, it’s just a shade under half — 49 percent).

Remember, that is one of the parts that Obozo delayed for one year.

Well, 66 percent of 156 million is right around 100 million, who will lose their employer based coverage next year. They will be forced into the Marketplace to buy coverage, or pay the penalty.

Patriot Vet on November 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

“Titanic Strikes Iceberg; Sinks in North Atlantic”.
“Obama Administration Blames Onlookers, Who Remained In Port for Unexpected Disaster.”

orangemtl on November 20, 2013 at 1:28 PM

This is nutty BS.

rplat on November 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I missed those 20+ free throws in a row because people didn’t cheer me on enough.

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

They won’t chant, they won’t hold hands…it’s their fault it isn’t working!

http://watchdog.org/cartoons/non-believer-discovered/

cartooner on November 20, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Wow, the best ever.

faraway on November 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

So let me get this straight.

You didn’t practice the instrument.

You didn’t learn the songs.

You didn’t rehearse.

You got on stage and predictably bombed miserably.

And, because I booed, it’s my fault you suck.

CurtZHP on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Thread winnah!

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure

You tell ‘em, Barry!

~Solyndra, et al.

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

If your income is below a threshold of 2.5X poverty level yet above Medicaid levels, you will qualify in most counties for additional subsidies against deductibles and also copays. Your deductible can be lowered to as little as $500.

slickwillie2001 on November 20, 2013 at 1:03 PM

This part needs to be highlighted often and loudly. This program is NOT about helping the genuinely poor. It is about pushing as many people onto Medicaid as possible. If you are eligible for that near useless program, you have to take it, or pay the full amount for massively inflated premiums and deductibles.

RINO in Name Only on November 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

It’s just the double standard that you’d even bother registering what the Secretary of HHS was wearing. Though, given the events Sebelius goes to these days, perhaps she should start wearing screen of death blue to coordinate with the website.

Happy Nomad on November 20, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Okay, that is my new T-shirt Happy. BSOD on one side, Healthcare.gov on the other. Love it!

JusDreamin on November 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Speak for yourself, sucka.

HiJack on November 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

I can’t wait for The Commie’s right eye to start twitching.
OhEssYouCowboys on November 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

And he starts rolling ball bearings in one hand.

Cleombrotus on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You guys are too much! Made ne splatter my monitor with coffee from laughing so hard!

tomshup on November 20, 2013 at 1:33 PM

To riff off CurtZHP’s awesome post, it’s like Beyonce blaming her lip-synch inauguration fail on the USMC Band not faking the right notes in accompaniment.

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Is Benedict Roberts still GOP or did he drop the mask and join the Supreme Soviet?

viking01 on November 20, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The reason heads haven’t rolled already, is Obama’s still lying to cover his a$$ – and the people he would fire know the truth and would likely rat him out in a heartbeat. They know where the bodies are buried, so to speak.

The reality is that the person responsible is HIM, along with a fair number of incompetent lackeys – but they are just lackeys. Firing all the lackeys and replacing them with other lackeys when the CEO himself is an abject idiot is, well… not going to solve the problem very well, either.

Midas on November 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS TRYING TO PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG.

sniffles1999 on November 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I hope he fails at that too.
I don’t like lipstick flavored bacon…

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM

I have a question, If the government can put together a spying network, that can reach into the most private places in the world. How am I to believe they can’t build a simple computer program to accept Health Insurance. For some strange reason, journalist and the government are stuck on this programming issue. Why? The bill itself will only allow for every aspect of your life to be revealed to the Federal Government. Why aren’t the R’s arguing this point? I get a bad feeling about this one. The Constitution will be effectively null and void.

DDay on November 20, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Tom Brady should try this trick.
Obviously it was Brian Mallett’s fault the Patriots lost to Carolina Monday night.

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Selling overpriced health insurance to young healthy people is equal to selling ice to eskimos.

In this case, the ice salemen, convinced of the brilliance of his marketing plan, cannot understand why the eskimos are not buying his ice and blames his failure on the obstructionist Republicans who suggested he sell hot chocolate instead.

KW64 on November 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Tom Brady should try this trick.
Obviously it was Brian Ryan Mallett’s fault the Patriots lost to Carolina Monday night.

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Dang keyboard – doing it to me again.
It’s clearly the keyboard’s fault that my posts keep showing up wrong….

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Call this the Tinkerbell Argument — the notion that ObamaCare’s failures can be partly blamed on a failure to applaud it enthusiastically enough.

Where are you going with this analogy? Something like, “Pixie dust only works if you believe (or think happy thoughts)?” Or something?

besser tot als rot on November 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

CurtZHP on November 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Awesome.

Midas on November 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington.

What? The legislature legislates (sort of) and the executive executes (and, really, legislates too at this point). Whether or not they’re invested in its failure is irrelevant because they don’t have anything to do with it anymore. That’s all you, bubba. Unless you’re saying that a law that had zero Republican votes somehow had Republican poison pills put in there. Which makes … even less sense.

besser tot als rot on November 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM

“I wonder why Obama still hasn’t sent heads rolling over the problem.”

Then I guess you really don’t understand Obama.

rrpjr on November 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

They are coming for the doctors now…!

d1carter on November 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM

3 more years of this bullsh*t? Really?

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on November 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Obama seems unwilling or unable to come to grips with the scope of the disaster his administration has created.

Obama is on the verge of madness if not outright insanity.

VorDaj on November 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Obama: Republicans are partly to blame for ObamaCare fiasco, you know

As the captain of the Titanic screams FULL STEAM AHEAD!!!

dominigan on November 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Call this the Tinkerbell Argument — the notion that ObamaCare’s failures can be partly blamed on a failure to applaud it enthusiastically enough.

Where are you going with this analogy? Something like, “Pixie dust only works if you believe (or think happy thoughts)?” Or something?

besser tot als rot on November 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I think the stage version of Peter Pan has the audience clap to save Tinkerbell’s life at some point.

RINO in Name Only on November 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Tom Brady should try this trick.

Obviously it was Brian Ryan Mallett’s fault the Patriots lost to Carolina Monday night.

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM
Dang keyboard – doing it to me again.
It’s clearly the keyboard’s fault that my posts keep showing up wrong….

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Mo, it was a questionable call by the zebras that even the NFL’s own Vice President of Officiating could not defend when he was on NFL Network last night. He clearly lied thru his teeth on the air, just like O’Liar does.

But the real problem was the Patriots themselves, who should never have put themselves in that position, needing to score at the end of the game like that.

Speaking of zebras, after the brouhaha near the end of Sunday’s 45ers-Saints game, one of the network interview 10 other NFL refs about the call. All of them said they would have called it the exact same way. And today…

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been fined $15,570 by the NFL for his hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees last Sunday.

That is the standard amount for such hits to the head and neck area.

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I get all that Del.
The point I was attempting to make was about blaming Mallett for the loss – the backup QB who never once stepped foot on the field through the entire game – equivalent to 0bumble blaming the R’s for his fiasco.
(I’m NOT implying the game loss was Brady’s fault though.)

dentarthurdent on November 20, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Obama is on the verge of madness if not outright insanity.

VorDaj on November 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Fully agree. The media will be the last to report on it.

Schadenfreude on November 20, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Call this the Tinkerbell Argument — the notion that ObamaCare’s failures can be partly blamed on a failure to applaud it enthusiastically enough.

Where are you going with this analogy? Something like, “Pixie dust only works if you believe (or think happy thoughts)?” Or something?

besser tot als rot on November 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Maybe comparing 0bama to a diminutive and quasi-sexual blonde in a skimpy outfit made from a leaf?

Nutstuyu on November 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

The socialists can not grasp the concept that they own this failure lock, stock, and barrel.

The website failure is a distraction – the whole clusterfark is a failure.

TerryW on November 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM

LOOKS LIKE OBAMA IS TRYING TO PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG.

sniffles1999 on November 20, 2013 at 1:11 PM

More accurate anyways…

jimver on November 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

His approval numbers will go up at least 2 points from his followers who now have an explanation they can believe.

MT on November 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Obama: Republicans are partly to blame for ObamaCare fiasco, you know

…why does anybody even bother reporting what he says?

KOOLAID2 on November 20, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

LOL…sweet, sweet karma. Galette got held, too. And how ’bout your beloved Tedy offering to pay for the illegal hit on your beloved Drew.

Sorry for the O/T.

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

This worthless, bumbling incompetent punk has never taken responsibility for anything in his entire pampered life, so it should be no surprise he is pointing fingers at others for his own failures now.

RESIGN NOW OBAMA!

Adjoran on November 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Furthermore, the idea that the only problems facing HHS and the White House are marketing and branding is nothing short of breathtakingly obtuse.

They could try to call it “Sex”. That seems to be popular.

Of course, it looks to be trying to get itself commonly referred to as “Edsel” or “New Coke” or “Cr@p Sandwich”.

krome on November 20, 2013 at 3:53 PM

I have a question…

If you qualify for a subsidy, even say 100% “free” premium coverage, do you still have to pay the deductible? Also, does the deductible apply for the “free” birth control, mammograms, abortions, etc? People are going to freak out when they go in for all their free stuff and are told it’s really not free until they cover a several thousand dollar deductible. …

Boudica on November 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

As I understand it, a few of the “freebies” are just that – no co-pay, and no deductable. But mostly, the high deductables and impressive co-pays will slaughter a lot of the folks thinking all they needed to worry about were the premiums.

krome on November 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Millions and millions more to lose healthcare in the near future! Repeal this monster before it takes the rest of the country into poverty to match Obama’s base! Time is of the essence! The longer we wait, the worse the damage and the wrath of the American people! Save a few million policies that are still viable and impeach Obama for his fraud and grand theft! ALL Democrats should be voted out of office! They are waging war on every viable segment of the American economy i.e. Energy/Coal, Banking, Construction, Manufacturing, Real Estate etc.!! Enough is enough from this affirmative action Muslim, Communist, Racist, evil fraud and his merry little band of socialists that have infested the Congress and government!

Marco on November 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2013 at 2:39 PM

LOL…sweet, sweet karma. Galette got held, too. And how ’bout your beloved Tedy offering to pay for the illegal hit on your beloved Drew.

Sorry for the O/T.

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Did the refs make the correct calls in those two games?

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

“We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”

“Hmmm…what can we call this turd sandwich? I know, our #2 special!”

fred5678 on November 20, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Why should Obama change, Pravda and Izvestia have been letting him get away with this for almost 5 years. If I were the reporter, and he came up with that, I’d say, “Mr. President, you’ve had over 3 years to get this done, why isn’t it done. The United States built an atomic bomb that the technology wasn’t even built, in less time.”

bflat879 on November 20, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I assume that if the republicans won’t come on board obamacare, obama will hold his breath until he turns ecru, and it will be the republicans’ fault. Shame on them, shame

Old Country Boy on November 20, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Obama said that fixes to the HealthCare.gov Web portal are underway and that the exchange will function for a majority of people by the end of November. But the president said staunch opposition from congressional Republicans is inhibiting the law’s implementation.

“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington. “We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”

Remember, in a Liberal’s world, it is never their fault when they fail (and they always do). They just find somebody, anybody, to blame. When you don’t have anybody specific to blame, then you blame “The Man”. In this case, “The Man” defaults to The Republicans. Even though they have absolutely no ability to hinder Obamacare and have absolutely no fingerprints on it whatsoever, they are currently Obama’s only scapegoat. Thus, for his own sanity, he must either own up to his own failures or find somebody to blame. Naturally, because Liberals can almost never admit that they are wrong, he chose to find somebody to blame and, just as naturally, he chose to blame The Republicans.

Theophile on November 20, 2013 at 6:05 PM

The very sad thing is that if Obamacare were to be repealed tomorrow, Obama and his fellow Demwits have destroyed the best healthcare system in the world.

mobydutch on November 20, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Patriot Vet on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

You are correct, 70% still needs to be done.

dogsoldier on November 20, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 20, 2013 at 5:16 PM

*shrugs* I’ll defer to you and Pats fans on both.

Christien on November 20, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Obamacare Now More Unpopular Than The Iraq War In 2006…

Via Washington Examiner:

Support for President Obama’s health care law has dropped 16 points in the past month — and that’s just among Democrats.

The finding, from a CBS News poll, is one of several startling numbers from polls released in recent days showing rapidly eroding public support for Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment in the wake of its botched rollout. [...]

With the 2014 midterm elections now in the horizon, what’s most striking is how closely Obamacare polling is starting to resemble polling on Iraq in fall 2006, when a public backlash against the war enabled the Democrats to take over control of both chambers of Congress.

A Gallup poll taken days before the Nov. 7, 2006, election found that 55 percent of Americans had come to view sending troops to Iraq as a mistake, compared to 40 percent who said it was not.

Yet in the CBS News poll released Wednesday, 61 percent of Americans were found to disapprove of Obamacare, compared to 31 percent who approve. In the Washington Post poll, the numbers were 57 percent to 40 percent.

Resist We Much on November 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Obama: Republicans are partly to blame for ObamaCare fiasco, you know

Call this the Tinkerbell Argument — the notion that ObamaCare’s failures can be partly blamed on a failure to applaud it enthusiastically enough.

That’s not the tinkerbell argument. That’s the standard boilerplate finger pointing the Soviet commissars used to explain the failure of the tractor factory to meet the yearly quotas set in the Five Year Plan. The Plan was perfect. Any failures are the fault of stealthy counter-revolutionaries, the insidious cancer of selfish capitalist ideas, and improper attitudes. The perpetrators must be identified and shipped off to re-education camps in the Gulag.

farsighted on November 20, 2013 at 9:58 PM

It might just be that
What they are trying to do
Is impossible…

Maybe this is what it looks like when a government tries to take over a market and coerce the price and define the service for hundreds of millions of people.

Haiku Guy on November 20, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The Republicans also stole his strawberries.

justltl on November 20, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I can’t wait for The Commie’s right eye to start twitching.
OhEssYouCowboys on November 20, 2013 at 12:21 PM

And he starts rolling ball bearings in one hand.

Cleombrotus on November 20, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The Tinkerbell Mutiny
.. now if we could only get around to the court-martial!

AesopFan on November 21, 2013 at 12:48 AM

Of course Obama will blame others–he is not and apparently has never been a responsible person.

zoyclem on November 21, 2013 at 7:34 AM

By comparison, Obowma claimed HE GOT Bin laden. He ordered the Seals to shoot him while in his cozy White House bed, so Obowma DID not GET bin laden.

With ZERO, ZIP, NADA, not one, 0, doughnut, zilch republicans voting for Obowmacare, how are they to blame for it’s miserably failures?

dthorny on November 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM

You know why the Cubs don’t win World Series games? The fans.

And the Chiefs, they’re only having issues because their cheerleaders are lackluster.

Players, management, strategies; these are useless in the game of sports; as everyone knows. That’s why winning teams simply hire random players and management and spend all their cash on PR and cheerleaders.

That’s how you achieve success.

gekkobear on November 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM

“Those things that hurt, instruct.” Ben Franklin. LET IT BURN! That is our only hope.

blackhawk_1 on November 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

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