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Gibbs: HHS Knew Obamacare Site Wouldn’t Work

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today said officials at the Department of Health and Human Services had to have known the Obamacare website wasn’t going to work, but then went ahead and launched it anyway.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that people at HHS and involved int his project knew this wasn’t gong to work,” Gibbs said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “It’s inconceivable that no one tested it.”

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68 Responses to Gibbs: HHS Knew Obamacare Site Wouldn’t Work

  1. Does Obama request that his Secretaries withhold information from him? There are so many times that he says he didnt know, that it seems like either he has incompetent underlings (but he oesn’t fire them) or they just know they aren’t supposed to pass the information on.

    • Obama, as POTUS, doesn’t perform due diligence on anything. He relies on staff and the MSM to do the heavy lifting on every policy, every project. When things go well, he takes all the credit. When things turn sour, as in the collapse of ObamaCare, it’s everyone else’s fault. He is the boss, the CEO, the administrator we avoid at all costs.

  2. Sorry, Gibby, it’s not inconceivable at all that no one tested it.

    That’s what happens when software is rushed to release for fear of missing a promised deadline. Testing is short-cut, and the boss says “Let’s just do it and keep our fingers crossed”.

    Worse yet are the attempt to fix problems “on the fly”, when the “fixes” are not tested before being rushed out to production because “we need this fix immediately”. Very often what appears to be fixed just causes more new problems.

    I’ll bet that’s where we’re at right now. This will take a while to correct.

      • Star — I was just thinking – seriously – we had a feeling it wouldn’t work but I don’t think anyone could have imagined this. So what to do?

        The upheaval and disruption of existing policies is enormous. It’s a huge bill – most of it hidden. It’s taken over three years to create this and it is a huge ship to turn around. On a practical nuts and bolts level – where do we go from here. I see more than a bumpy road given the tentacles of this thing.

        As you might have implied when something this big goes so wrong you can’t just implement a software fix or even a delay. Real things are out there happening —

        • And also is there anything to be gleaned from Obama’s actions when confronted with his redline with Iran over Syria. I doubt Joe’s going to make an off hand comment and someone swoops in from outer space to save the day. Putin’s not available.

    • The Obama DHS-NSA follows all of us here on WhiteHouseDossier, so how come they couldnt figure out how to set up a website to suck money out of us, like Amazon.com = Millions of hits per day.

  3. So, what, they can’t tell the boss the bad news because it might mess with his golf swing?

    That’s about the only excuse they haven’t used at this point.

    • It’s a morning show that starts at 3am here in western fly-over country.
      It’s hosted by a woman whose father was famous, a man who left Congress under a cloud of suspicion.
      They host regular guests from lefty Libs, to left outfield into the bleachers Libs.
      A woman who talks like a Brit appears now and then to sneer at what the US is doing, some guy named Donnie shows up to give his opinion on anything, and they spend three hours talking about the deceased tea party, or how Repubs are no longer a force in politics.
      It’s like a hostile wake where everyone is glad the stiff died.

  4. Obamacare Navigators. Here is an article about Obamacare Navigators that include as a link to 465 (I think) Navigators directly. If you are interested in where your taxpayer dollars are going in the Navigator scam check it out.

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/10/23/who-are-the-obamacare-navigators-and-how-much-are-we-paying-for-them/

    Also last night I saw some information that some people had been able to get “behind” the .gov site and obtain pricing information on plans etc. It is per state I believe. I do not think it has deductibles. I could be wrong. It’s out there — if I stumble across it I will provide some links.

  5. Meanwhile, Guy Benson is saying that the Administration literally has a no-win situation on its hands.

    I’ll give you the short version.

    Apparently, Marco Rubio is going to submit a bill in the Senate that would delay the individual mandate until such time as the website is up and running for six months.

    The Democrats then have three options:

    1) Vote FOR Rubio’s bill, and admit their own incompetence. GOP line in 2014: “Mr. and Mrs. America, these guys don’t know what the heck they’re doing. Vote for us.”

    2) Vote AGAINST Rubio’s bill, and force citizens to pay penalties for not buying something they literally don’t have access to. GOP line in 2014: “Mr. and Mrs. America, do you think that’s fair? We don’t. Vote for us.”

    3) Push the entire thing back a year, and hand a major victory to the GOP. GOP line in 2014: “Mr. and Mrs. America, they called us terrorists, and shut down the Grand Canyon, for suggesting the very idea of what they’ve now agreed to. We were right about this all along. We have the truth on our side. Vote for us.”

    King Barry’s whelps in the press will do their best, but it won’t be enough.

    Tell me I’m wrong.

    • I hope you’re not. Rubio said he’d try to get some Dems on it–and some Dems spoke up today. So maybe…or if they really don’t care who gets credit, he could sign on their bill…we shall see. (I know, people here don’t trust Rubio etc, we’ve been over that.)

  6. So whaddaya think: is/are the _resident and Valjar this stupid and incompetent (I know, it’s tempting) or this smart, prepared and setting it up?

  7. “ Okay, okay…saya paham. Hmm. That means that you had never fall in love with someone yet ?” teringin juga dia ingin mengorek sehabis-habis mungkin soal hati dan perasaan si gadis cantik di depannya ini. Seumur hidupnya tidak pernah dia berjumpa gadis seperti ini.

  8. Lepas tu Cik Dannia dah tak ada appoinment. Cuma Cik Dannia, esok adalah due date untuk final draf for SRI. Holding. Cantik Cik Dannia hari ni.” Puji Grace. Hampir setahun bekerja di bawah gadis itu. Hari ini dia bagai melihat orang lain di dalam diri ketuanya.

  9. ketika itu mereka baru sahaja menyelesaikan makan malam. farinna sahaja ingin menolong mummynya mengemas dapur. “boleh mummy tanya sesuatu dekat arinn?” mummynya memulakan perbualan seraya memecahkan kesunyian dapur banglo dua tingkat itu.

  10. ?? Kita makan dekat restoran seafood dekat sana tu nak. Dia punya menu semuanya sedap-sedap.?? Aku hanya mengiakan sahaja apa yang dikatakannya. Bersungguh-sungguh benar dia recommendkan aku dengan menu-menu di situ. Dia kata kalau nak makan seafood dekat sini memang yang terbaik.