Carney: No, I would not employ the term “mission, accomplished” to describe HealthCare.Gov

posted at 4:41 pm on December 2, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

I’ll say. Today’s talking points were pretty much exactly the blather you would expect for the inevitable followup to this weekend’s predictably anti-climactic observance of their self-imposed November 30th deadline by which they claimed they’d have a “fully functional” ObamaCare website, but dang. How long do they think they can subsist on these wait-and-see, it’s-getting-better, marginal-improvement, dawdling excuses? Via NRO:

Carney: We believe we made the important progress that we’ve set out to make by November 30th, but as we said in November, and I have said just now, the work continues to make improvements that still need to be made to the website. And the focus here is not on — the endgame here isn’t the best possible and most effective website that we can build, but a system by which all those millions of Americans who are clearly interested in enrolling and purchasing quality affordable health insurance are able to do so. That’s our goal and that work continues today. We have passed an important milestone in that effort, but the work continues.

Jonathan Karl: Let me try to crystallize down, because we try to pin you down on what ‘vast majority’ means, and you guys didn’t want to quantify it. Very clearly, in terms of the goal that you set for this moment in time, is it mission accomplished? Have you accomplished that goal?

Carney: Using that phrase is not one I would employ.


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Sniveling creep.

Akzed on December 2, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Carney: “I substitute your reality with my own.”

ConDem on December 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

He’s right, the real goal has always been a massive power grab through government health care.

jnelchef on December 2, 2013 at 4:55 PM

“Mission Demolished” I’d say. Can anyone name any part of Obamacare that is anything like what was promised? Don’t say pre-existing conditions until you read redguy’s comments.

DanMan on December 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Quoth Jonathan Karl:

“Let me help you out by regurgitating the lie we used to tell about Boosh”

MJBrutus on December 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

the endgame here isn’t the best possible and most effective website that we can build,

Yeah, haters! What do you expect for $100 billion dollars?

C’mon! It’s just your health care.

chimney sweep on December 2, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Just a minute, let me grab a newspaper and see if we accomplished the mission.

Sven on December 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Carney personally knows Three Missions that have been
accomplished….

ToddPA on December 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

obama is going to be so very angry when he finds out his website isn’t really fixed.

HumpBot Salvation on December 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

When Carney leans sideways it means he’s lying. But when he stands straight up it means he’s not telling the truth.

SirGawain on December 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Where do they keep Carney’s real nose?

fogw on December 2, 2013 at 5:05 PM

ToddPA on December 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

nice one

DanMan on December 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

the endgame here isn’t the best possible and most effective website that we can build

“I beg your pardon. I never promised you a Rose Garden.”

Paul-Cincy on December 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

It takes an out of the box great thinker like Obama to have a line to wait in until the other line is ready to accept you.

jukin3 on December 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Carney: Using that phrase is not one I would employ.

Not surprising. This Obama regime doesn’t employ ANYTHING!

AllahsNippleHair on December 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Of course they won’t use that phrase – private health-insurance companies still exist, after all.

Steve Eggleston on December 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Diagnosis for Healthcare.gov: Unrealistic Technology Expectations
The website for the Affordable Care Act was doomed by an inordinately complex setup that tried to link disparate databases in real time.

On September 26, President Obama hinted of no problems and compared healthcare.gov to popular e-commerce sites. “Now, this is real simple,” he said. “It’s a website where you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance plans side by side the same way you shop for a plane ticket on Kayak, same way you shop for a TV on Amazon. You just go on, and you start looking, and here are all the options.”

But beyond the president’s cluelessness about the looming problems, his analogy fails because on both Amazon and Kayak, you can dive in and start shopping without the website first having to query numerous federal databases.

Completely predictable.

kcewa on December 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

If you like your smarmy, douchebag press secretary, apparently you can still keep him.

Chuck Schick on December 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Carney is clearly a guy that was not beaten up often enough in high school…

bofh on December 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

We are implementing Single Payer – Mission Accomplished.

Oil Can on December 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I am so sad to see the demise of quality health insurance in this country. We are saving on premiums next year (going directly to the insurance co. and avoiding the marketplace) but the insurance is really lousy. $1000 deductible on the prescription side. That is a feature most people won’t ask about. They don’t advertise that information, but at least the new plan is compliant with Obamacare rules. This does not end well.

bopbottle on December 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

“Honey, our insurance was cancelled and that darned website won’t let us sign up for new insurance. What should we do?”.

“Well, the media isn’t instructing us to hate Obama like they instructed us to hate Bush. So I guess we’ll just sit patiently and wait.”

ardenenoch on December 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Using that phrase is not one I would employ.

TRANSLATION: “Mediocre. That’s what I’d use. Just like the rest of the ‘accomplishments’ in this administration.”

GarandFan on December 2, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Nozzle.

Mason on December 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

That’s right Jay, the endgame is at repeal.

jake49 on December 2, 2013 at 7:13 PM

I love how they claim the website is “working” when you can’t do anything you need/want to do by sending you to a queue.

If they were honest they would just show a picture like this…

H/T twitchy.com

As someone mentioned in a different thread the industry standard is a 99.999 % uptime where the application is working for all users all of the time. That translates to roughly a 5 1/2 minute unexpected outage every year.

They private industry has also started to move and can promise a 6 nines standard (99.9999%) which is roughly a 30 sec unexpected outage every year.

Healthcare.gov is nowhere close to meeting the standards in private industry they just are lying about them by sending you to a queue.

F15Mech on December 2, 2013 at 7:31 PM

This has to be the biggest pack of lies ever told to Americans. Healthcare has made liars of everyone in the WH who has anything to do with this fiasco. I think I’d rather have a thousand break ins ala Nixon than Americans being conned like this. It’s despicable.

scalleywag on December 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

If that’s the best you can do after more than 3 years of time and spending about $600 million, then you suck pretty bad. Just my opinion. You could have spent it on shoes and it would have been more useful.

Philly on December 2, 2013 at 9:14 PM

LOL

I love how Carney turns the incomplete work into an expression of the administration’s ambitious prowess — “we continue to improve it.”

It’s like some company whose stock tanked saying “hey, it’s all upside from here.”

LOL

rasqual on December 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

I’m sure dear leader didn’t pay as much for OFA website as he paid for ours and it worked better than our wildest expectations. Still does even tho they say it’s not in campaign mode but has been retooled into organizing mode.

Kissmygrits on December 3, 2013 at 8:04 AM

They could have given every man, woman, child and pets a million dollars and probably have had some dough left over from building the website and we could have paid our docs in cash for visits.

Kissmygrits on December 3, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Too bad Dusty Springfield died. She could replace this guy and sing “Wishin’ and Hopin’” at each press conference. Then the media might figure out the country is being run by amateurs.

NoPain on December 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM