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.