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Obama: GOP Also to Blame for Obamacare Rollout Disaster

by Keith Koffler on November 20, 2013, 10:19 am

President Obama Tuesday sought to tie Republicans to the massive failure of the Obamacare rollout, suggesting that their opposition to Obamacare somehow made things worse.

Obama, who grumbled that Republicans aren’t “invested” in Obamacare’s success, spoke during a meeting of CEOs in Washington:

We should have anticipated that that would create a rockier rollout than if Democrats and Republicans were both invested in success.

One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure, and that makes, I think, the kind of iterative process of fixing glitches as they come up and fine-tuning the law more challenging.

The incompetent rollout has mostly been linked to the failure of the website Healthcare.gov. It’s not clear how Republicans contributed to the technical problems that have plagued the site.

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AFVet November 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

This blame game is getting really stale.

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GWShrub November 20, 2013 at 10:39 am

It would almost be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

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Lizzy November 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

How true I’ve heard more coherent excuses from 5 year olds.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

Uh–not “invested” bec we think it’s a bad concept–if you have to FORCE people to do something, there must be something wrong with it.

And…cue music…today on Morning Joe, our delightful, puckish Steve Ratner, WSJ gazillionaire and former Obama flack or czar, again downplays people who would be affected by the law. He somehow says 4 million…and get this, he says people in the individual market only stay there a short time–what about the growing class of self-employed, remember them? And…next year, the millions thrown off employer plans? Also–MJ did not mention how the payment plan part of the site has yet to be built so all this is moot anyhow…

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Sadie November 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

Republicans aren’t “invested” …

Who would invest in Bernie Madoffobama.

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Moe November 20, 2013 at 10:32 am

Surprise, surprise, surprise. It’s all on you Obama, Obamacare is you and you own it, period.
I feel sorry for all the people who will not have insurance come January because of you Obama, do you feel bad? Doubt it…Single Payer to the rescue anyone?

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Julie Brueckheimer November 20, 2013 at 10:37 am

CBS has Obama approval down to 37. He can try, but I don’t think his blame game is working.

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Scottso November 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

What was his first clue that they weren’t invested?

That not one of them voted for the thing, ever?

That many of them were voted in because the democrat from the area was ejected because they voted FOR obamacare?

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srdem65 November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

You’re on fire today, @Scottso. Your point is ..on point!

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TimG November 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Scottso,When I saw that clip last night on TV I was just shocked at how he could even try to hang this flop on the republicans. Your point is straight on. He keeps pointing the finger, but is in a 4 roomed wall only containing mirrors.

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Sanchez November 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

Obama said just the other day about the website and his responsibility.

“And, you know, that’s on me.”

Now it is the other party!

this man is IMMORAL! He has no moral basis from which to work.

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Mike Lester November 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

I see Tom Brady’s still whining about that blown call on Monday Night Football too.

-just kidding, Tom has a dick.

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Sadie November 20, 2013 at 11:00 am
srdem65 November 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

Let him whine. If a team can’t win before the very last second, then they lose.
The ball was intercepted, there was no interference.
He should just go home and count his money.

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Mike Lester November 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I think my point was missed. It’s Wed. and you don’t hear a peep from Tom but “PRESIDENTNOBODYKNOWSTHETROUBLEI’VESEEN” somehow thinks Republicans wrecked his website! WAAAAAAAA!!!!!

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AZ Granny November 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

Remember when Obama said “I won” that first time he met with Republicans? He didn’t care what they had to say. Now he wants to blame everyone but himself. What a putz! No insult meant to putzes!

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Shofar November 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

On behalf of putzes everywhere, none taken.

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AZ Granny November 20, 2013 at 4:06 pm
Julie Brueckheimer November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

Sir Putzalot.

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ImNoDhimmi November 20, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Sir Whinesalot.
Sir Golfsalot.
Sir Snortsalot.
Sir Blamesalot.

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Shofar November 20, 2013 at 10:58 am

Everyone knows that since the TEA Party has some of the best and brightest, those tech savvy TEA Partiers hacked the system while it was being designed and built, and inserted malicious code that would render the site unusable.

This was all done at the behest of GW Bush, Cheney, and the vast right wing conspiracy that has dominated US politics since the days of Billy Clinton.

There is no need to look at the failed policies, ill-conceived philosophies, or just plain stupid ideologies that the left/Progressives have been pushing for nearly a hundred years. There is nothing behind the curtain, nor in the heads of these ideologues.

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TimG November 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Please don’t forget to implicate Halliburton! Their hurricaine machine was very effective so their hacker machine must be as well.

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Langley Spook November 20, 2013 at 2:01 pm

LOL!

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Danceswithtruth November 20, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Oh my, that was funny!

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rulierose November 20, 2013 at 6:02 pm

and Israel!

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rulierose November 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

or more accurately, blame that darn Israel Lobby. even Obama is a puppet of theirs, dontcha know.

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srdem65 November 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

The last sentence quoted: “One of the problems……..ITERATIVE PROCESS………… fine-tuning the law………”

My research shows that “iterative process” means repeating something to make a point. That’s not a phrase commonly used in polite company, and one that no one outside the geek community would use, ever.
If anything, MrO’s “iterative” of claiming “you can keep…., period” was not a good thing for him or the ACA’s future. That “process” is probably not what he was referencing.

And more; what the heck is he talking about “fine-tuning” the law? Is there a new surprise awaiting the public as the HHS fine-tunes our future? Good grief, the cake is baked and it’s too late to add the sugar.
re: blaming the Repubs
Not surprising. That had to be the plan all along when they realized that the website was a dud and millions of people would lose their current insurance. It’s too bad that the Repubs don’t have the same public forum as MrO enjoys.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

He says all it needs is a “rebranding.” Yes, yet another failure to communicate (apologies to Cool Hand Luke). Maybe a tagline…

Seriously…this one works.
So good you will want it.
Anticipating needs you didn’t know you had.
It’s only money–we are talking about your health here.
There’s no cure for stupid, but we will cover everything else…period.

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srdem65 November 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

lol.

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rulierose November 20, 2013 at 6:06 pm

srdm, you are right: “iterative” is primarily a web development word. I read or hear it about 10 times a day at work. and the minute I heard Obama say it I KNEW someone had been providing him with tech jargon so he would sound like he knew what he was talking about.

expect to also hear about bandwidth, information architecture, and other phrases Obama won’t understand either.

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Brando November 20, 2013 at 11:11 am

The Limbaugh Theorem. How ’bout your internal numbers? GOP gets the blame for them too?. SCHADENFREUDE.

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Sadie November 20, 2013 at 11:15 am

Wrong site for the ‘c’ word.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

Way wrong….Keith?

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Brando November 20, 2013 at 11:22 am
Brando November 20, 2013 at 11:23 am
Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 11:31 am

I once had a man say that word to me. I knocked him flat on his ass, and he was out cold. The jury let me walk.

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Brando November 20, 2013 at 11:50 am

Again, …. :) Won’t take it back, though.

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Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

A smiley face? Really? You wouldn’t get how offensive that word is even if someone whacked you upside the head with a clue-by-four.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

There is a certain percentage of people who insist on telling others how low they are…

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Aileen November 20, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Takes one to know one…

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Aileen November 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

My previous comment directed to Brando

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Star November 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

I know–Darlin Brando. What a cultured young gentleman. The bloom of American youth.

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Lee November 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

My older son just turned 30 and he would have the common sense not to use that word around woman.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm

..or anyplace. Just shows a lack of vocab if not breeding.

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Keith Koffler November 20, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Brando, not allowing that kind of language. Thanks.

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MarjoJimbo November 20, 2013 at 11:16 am

No one calls him out for these continual absurdities, and the left loonies believe him.

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Girly1 November 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Somewhere on the mean streets of Chicago a community is missing its organizer. Saul Alinsky has worn out his welcome in D.C. Obamacare is the political equivalent of the Edsel. Ford Motor Co. stopped the rollout and cut it’s losses. Obama is no Henry Ford. But he is the laughingstock of the world.

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Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

“Obama is no Henry Ford.”

I think at times he’s trying to turn us into a large Fordlândia.

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Girly1 November 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Good one!

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Darkangel November 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

There’s a really morbid joke to be made somewhere about the Democrats’ support for abortion, and the abortion that is the ACA. But for the life of me, I can’t come up with a punch line.

Anyone?

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Star November 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm

The website is performing its own late-term abortion… Not funny. I really don’t do abortion humor.

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Nikki November 20, 2013 at 12:03 pm

This morning Joe Biden told a group of angry seniors that Obama didn’t lie about Obamacare because “he’s an articulate and clean African American.” This administration is morphing into a Marx Brothers movie. http://goo.gl/9nwNgC

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Mr. T. November 20, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Satire.

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CiscoKid November 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Obama’s statement blaming the Republicans for HIS failure is exactly why they should not go anywhere near this toxic mess.
Stay away, let it continue to sink on it’s own.

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Susan November 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm

If only the Republican leadership would follow your advice. They already tried to pull his bacon out of the fire by codifying his edict to the insurance companies to continue cancelled policies. We can always depend on the Republican leadership to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I hope they prove me wrong…

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Star November 20, 2013 at 1:53 pm

He didn’t say exactly how the Republicans had doomed his project–I assume they just made him so darn sad he didn’t listen when they told him the thing would not work!!! Told him months ago…

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Lee November 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

He sounded like a child that got his hand caught in the cookie jar, and blame everyone but himself.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Let’s face it–they didn’t build that (website). When they say it needs to be fixed–no! It needs to be built–up to 70% of it. Built or finished–but not “fixed” like it’s some la-de-dah section of bad code that needs a patch or something.

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Darkangel November 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm

No kidding. That he now has to use, as his only defense, the sneering, condescending “didn’t build that” line, is an irony that’s sweeter than tiramisu.

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Personette November 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Yeah, GOP. How come ya didn’t help a brovah out?
LOL Yeah, right.

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Darkangel November 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

He REALLY should have gone to Gettysburg. If Gettysburg hadn’t happened, the only way he’d get on a golf course today would be as a groundskeeper, but that’s another discussion. Where was I?

Ah, yes.

Going to Gettysburg and looking presidential would be a much, MUCH more effective way of yelling “Squirrel!” than saying it’s the Republicans’ fault.

Sorry, Barry, your “Blame the GOP” card is getting declined by a public that’s onto you now. So either pay cash or get out.

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Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

All those dead Union soldiers had more to do with liberating African-Americans than all of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Malcolm X, Farakhan, Alinsky, Ayers and Wright put together, yet he couldn’t be bothered to haul his skinny butt out there to pay tribute to them.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Yes, and when you go there and see those rolling pastures and remember it was a steamy July day–thousands spewing their insides, blood everywhere, a complete mess…all for a cause that both sides felt strongly about, let’s face it–it is quite a picture. When you are there, you can really imagine the heat, the thirst, the horrible injuries, the carnage, brother against brother.

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Darkangel November 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm

I was there many, many years ago, and I remember it being so picturesque that it was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.

If that makes any sense.

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Star November 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

It does. The power it comes from the mind and heart, not the grass.

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Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm

I grew up right up the road from Shiloh, so I got my exposure to a national monument to blood, guts and gore from an earlier age.

The men on my father’s side joined the Union forces in Kentucky. The army wouldn’t take my great-great grandfather because he was too young, so he told the Yankees to kiss his ass, and went to fight for the South.

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Mandy Manners November 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Duh, an early age.

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Press Watch November 20, 2013 at 6:20 pm

The Republicans (John Boehner) are drafting a formal letter of apology as we type!

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William in CA November 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Memo to Obama:

House vote on ACA, 2010: 219-212, and the 219 were all Democrats. There were zero Republican votes in favor.

Senate vote on ACA, 2010: 60-39 with one no vote. All Democrats voting in favor, zero Republicans

BUT BUT BUT it’s the Republican’s fault!!!

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Radegunda November 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

The Dems went so far as changing the locks on conference-room doors in order to keep Republican elected representatives out of the legislative process.

Now those same Republicans are supposed to be “invested” in the “success” of the legislation they were shut out of? Yeah, right.

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Marcus November 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Next week’s talking point will be that ObamaCare is collapsing because the ghost of James Buchanan is haunting the software. Just wait. It’s coming.

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Eva November 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Has he now lost his mind? His cronies under Harry Red and Nancy
Pelosi changed the lock to keep Republicans from participating!
Now he wants to BLAME them? Amazing that he did not blame
Presiden Bush.

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