President Obama was told “by the pros” that the website was “all ready to go” before it began operating October 1, according to Vice President Biden.
Given that the website had failed in the limited testing that was done, Biden’s contention amounts to a claim that Obama was misinformed by his staff or contractors about the health of Healthcare.gov. The website crashed almost immediately after going live.
Biden went on to try to further exculpate himself and Obama saying, “Neither he and I are technology geeks.”
We were under the impression that it was ready to go. We had – the president to his credit, almost seven weeks out, was saying, “Are we ready?” And he’d be told by the pros, yeah, this looks like it’s all ready to go, all online. Neither he and I are technology geeks and we assumed that it was up and ready to run.
The vice president added that while Obama tried to use the website, he didn’t even bother because it was clear it wasn’t going to work.