Yesterday at the conclave of the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, Barack Obama got a chance to demonstrate what he does best: blame others and make excuses.
President Obama on Tuesday sought to redirect some of the political blame for the botched rollout of the federal health insurance exchange to Republicans, characterizing GOP lawmakers as rooting for the law’s failure.
Addressing a gathering of business executives, Obama acknowledged that the health-care rollout “has been rough, to say the least,” and he lamented the government’s archaic information-technology procurement system.
Obama said that fixes to the HealthCare.gov Web portal are underway and that the exchange will function for a majority of people by the end of November. But the president said staunch opposition from congressional Republicans is inhibiting the law’s implementation.
“One of the problems we’ve had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,” Obama said at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council meeting in Washington. “We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”
The president also voiced frustration with the toxic political atmosphere endangering his signature legislative achievement. He said Washington needs to “break through the stubborn cycle of crisis politics and start working together.”
Let’s review the bidding. To date no one has explained how the contracting procedure for information technology systems contributed, much less caused, to the ignominious beginning of Obamacare. Rather the fault lies with the incompetent boobs with which the Obama administration has recruited at great expense. According to the Washington Post:
Others point fingers at the Department of Health and Human Services, which took years to issue final specifications, preventing CGI (my note: the main vendor for healthcare.gov) from really getting started until this spring.
If specs weren’t available until Spring 2013, and those apparently weren’t very well thought out, then it is hard to blame the contracting system. It worked well enough to allow a crony of Michelle Obama to win a sole source deal for the lion’s share of the project:
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the contract to build the failed Obamacare website.
Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of ’85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company.
Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
As reported by the Washington Examiner in early October, the Department of Health and Human Services reviewed only CGI’s bid for the Obamacare account.
One is also left wondering why Obama seems surprised that the GOP is “invested” in the failure of Obamacare. Obamacare is just another Democrat foray into Cargo Cult Economics (here | here | here | here | here) that requires a willing suspension of disbelief and huge majority of Americans acting against their own economic interests for it to succed. That sentient beings would oppose such nonsense is hardly news.
And, of course, there is the partisan aspect of the issue. It is hard to find an example of an opposition party working 24-7 to make the other party’s agenda succeed. When partisan tensions are exacerbated by the fact that this monstrosity was rammed through the Congress in a dishonest manner, by two of the most duplicitous, unindicted felons to ever lead the House and Senate, that would be Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, without a single Republican vote, it is hardly a shock to find hard core opposition.
Apparently Obama thinks this is worse than when his own party advocated killing American troops in Iraq , part of the “slow bleed” strategy articulated by that odious bag of pus, Jack Murtha, in order to ensure America lost a war because they couldn’t bear the thought of George Bush succeeding.
He also fails to explain how GOP opposition has had any impact at all. Obamacare is the law. It is being implemented. It is funded.
As he bemoans the “toxic political atmosphere” he should do a bit of soul-searching (admittedly it would take about fifty men and a sizable pack of bloodhound to find his soul) and examine how the political environment got this way. It didn’t happen overnight. He struggled in a manner worthy of Hercules to burn down his own credibility, rebuff the opposition, and lie left-right-and-center for no greater reason than just to stay in practice.
Ironically, it has turned out that the most effective opposition to Obamacare has not been the GOP, it has been the Obama administration’s epic incompetence and malfeasance.