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WH Admits Obama Briefed on Website Ailments Last Spring

President Obama was briefed on a report by an outside contractor last spring about major problems with the Obamacare website, the White House acknowledged today.

“The president received regular briefings on aspect of the “Affordable Care Act” – including the recommendations from this review,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today.

Carney said Obama and other White House staffers, however, “never expected” that the website was so severely flawed.

But the report, delivered in late March by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., “foreshadowed” many of the problems that exist today, according to the Washington Post, “including the facts that the call-in centers would not work properly if the online system was malfunctioning and that insufficient testing would make it difficult to fix problems after the launch.”

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and White House officials were at the briefing, and Obama was briefed by his own staff sometime afterward.

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50 Responses to WH Admits Obama Briefed on Website Ailments Last Spring

  1. So he’s known since March and did not spend every waking hour on top of the situation? Dear Lord, one would think making Obamacare work would be his top priority, oh wait…

  2. Not making excuses here, but why would the President or anyone for that matter, assume that this website wouldn’t be working properly after three years lead time?
    SenBaucus called it a train-wreck, but did anyone really know exactly what he was talking about, because we sure didn’t.
    Those who did know, those who knew it wouldn’t work at all are the ones who should be standing at a podium answering to their failures to produce. The insiders at the WhiteHouse who refused to face the reality of a massive public fiasco are to blame.
    MrO should have been more involved, could have investigated for himself, but most Presidents (or even CEOs) rely on their close advisors for information.
    To believe that MrO would deliberately go public with his “Amazon” nonsense if he knew that the whole thing wasn’t ready for use is not credible. He might be a lot of things, but he’s not an idiot.

    Which is all by-the-by now. It doesn’t work, it won’t work come Nov 1, and no one can predict the future of the ACA or if it will even exist next year. The Federal exchange is a total wreck, and the State sponsored exchanges are spewing out misiformation to their users.
    It’s time to chuck the whole mess, repeal it and forget it.

    • “but he’s not an idiot.”
      Perhaps he is.
      Maybe he relied on others to see that it worked.
      That is a mistake for any CEO.
      I find it interesting that no-one has lost their job after this continuing debacle of this administration.

      I don’t think that he is an idiot, I think that he is incompetent, and the people that are protecting him rely on him to keep their jobs.

    • Why would bho care whether the obcare website worked or not on Nov lst? Everybody else is to ‘blame’ but nobody is ‘responsible’ which are two different issues.

      The GOAL of the bho adm is to continue to create ‘chaos and unrest’ – not peace and tranquility! The next step in taking more power away from the citizens is some kind of dreadful ‘draconian’ repressive Gov’t solution that will lead to a massive COMPROMISE on the part of Americans who will actually ‘GIVE UP’ more of their LIBERTY in hope of restoring order in their lives!

      That has been going on for the entire bho adm, corrupt IRS, corrupt DOJ, corrupt NSA, ineffective SOS. and on and on……jb

    • Lets add one more piece of the ACA pie that is not even close to being ready – the online payment system. I was reading this AM that they are having huge issues with that module, and it looks like it will not be ready by the end of the govt’s 2nd Qtr (March ’14).

  3. Any warnings against launching Obamacare were dismissed because of the timeline involved.
    Obama had to get re-elected in 2012, and the lies on the employment numbers and the lies about the ACA were critical to get him back in office.
    Now, he is back in office, and he is facing a potential destruction of his agenda if the the 2014 election fails to give any power to the democrats.
    If the conservatives are successful in keeping the house and taking the senate, Reid will be relegated to the back bench and Pelosi will have no power to sway the votes.
    McConnell is another one that has to go, sorry, I don’t trust him.
    Boehner has been questionable on some issues.

    Campaign season is upon us.
    Remember what they have said and how they have voted.
    Then go vote accordingly.
    Time to take our Country back.

  4. I honestly don’t know which is worse- to be in charge when things go so badly or to have things go badly and not know that it was going to happen.

    The silver lining is this mess is that a wide swath of America is getting a wakeup call about the incompetence of Government. With any luck, most of those folks will make the connection that less Government (to a reasonable point) is better Government.

      • Amen. As a very proud product of the private sector, I agree wholeheartedly that Obama would NEVER have made it in the “real world” where there are responsibilities and repercussions for poor performance.

        Sadly, I just don’t think that the average American gets that most (but certainly not all) Government workers are just a notch down from the folks that really make things happen and power this economy. Until they do, “Big Gubmint” is not all that bad in their minds.

  5. Well, he lied about keeping our insurance, and keeping our doctor, and just about everything he has ever done in his life, so it’s not surprising he would lie about the website. Besides, the primary problem with Obamacare is not the multimillion dollar failure of a website that was sole-sourced to one of Mooch’s cronies; it is the whole enchilada of the liberty-stealing health insurance scam. Obamacare has to go. It’s destroying peoples lives. Repeal this monstrosity or We the People will make him and his friends in the ruling class pay for their treachery in the 2014 mid-terms.

    • By the time the 2014 mid-terms come around, I sincerely hope enough people have had an awakening and go to the polls and fix this.
      I truly believe that the ACA will be a big factor in getting people to the polls.

    • Thank You for sharing Susan.
      Patriotism is not dead, rather it is the Phoenix Rising from the Ashes.
      Abraham Lincoln was not feeling well the day he delivered that speech.
      He was diagnosed with a mild case of smallpox.

      • I just saw that on the news. He brings his family to church, doesn’t he? What is he doing in there, thinking about his golf game. Possibly thinking of the next surprise he has up his sleeve to suprise the American citizens with.

  6. Totally OT:
    Watching a snippet of MrO at the WSJ CEO meeting being interviewed; he makes the same facial grimace that I noticed Jay Carney makes when speaking. What are the odds.

    If you see it, look for the spreading of the mouth sideways as if he is in pain. It’s weird.

    • I read a quote from Jarrett–something to the effect that there has never been a time Obama was not bored. She was proud of that–like he has always been so above things that the petty day to day does not touch him. Well, I used to tell my kid that only boring people get bored–which to me is closer to the truth. On the humor side, I guess it means he is always bored with Jarrett, too, and his family.

  7. Maybe Obama was just too bored to deal with the website:

    In his biography of Obama, “The Bridge,” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, quotes White House senior adviser and longtime Obama friend Valerie Jarrett: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

    • Would love to know what ValJar’s definition is for “ordinary people”. BO was a nobody until she became the “Puppet Master”. And even with her pulling the strings it has been more smoke & mirrors.

      “but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy”. I think she got that confused with his golfing and trips on AF1.