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Obama Takes Fake Responsibility for Plagued Website.

Written by Gary North on October 31, 2013

Speaking in Boston, the home of RomneyCare, President Obama announced that his health insurance program is economically sound. He invoked RomneyCare as evidence. “Massachusetts has shown the model works.” But he somehow failed to mention Romney. During the 2012 presidential campaign, he gave full credit to Romney, thereby silencing his opponent, who could not easily attack ObamaCare.

Obama understood real responsibility in 2012. He made Romney responsible for ObamaCare, which cost Romney votes. Romney was responsible, and Obama reminded the voters of this fact. There were negative sanctions for Romney.

In the same Boston speech, Obama took full responsibility for the hapless www.Healthcare.gov website. He said this: “So there’s no excuse for it. And I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP. We are working overtime to improve it every day.” Got that? Full responsibility. This sounded impressive.

I ask: What are the negative sanctions? The voters can change their minds about him. But who will bear the brunt of these sanctions? Democrats who will be running for office in 2014. President Obama will have a rocky second half of his second term. But the voters cannot touch him directly.

Far-Left Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman, who has served West Los Angeles for almost 40 years, said this. “The early glitches in this rollout will soon be forgotten.” He is correct. The early glitches will be forgotten. The later glitches will not be.

On the same day that Obama Spoke in Boston, HHS director Kathleen Sebelius told a House committee this: “Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible.” Indeed, she is. But Congress cannot do anything to her. Only President Obama can. He hired her. Only he can fire her.

But if he fires her, he will be blaming her for what he says is his responsibility. That would mean that he was spouting nonsense when he told the listeners in Boston that he is fully responsible. He would be saying, loud and clear: “She did it. She’s gone. But I’m still here.” If she resigns “voluntarily,” she will make him look responsible for her departure. That would make his full responsibility statement look fake. He will have to let her know soon that she will not be fired, that he backs her. She now holds the hammer.

So, her statement was fake, too. Without facing the threat of negative sanctions, a person is not responsible politically.

I ask: Who will take responsibility if U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman declares in February that federal subsidies for policies purchased through the federal government are not authorized by ObamaCare? Millions of people will have lost their insurance by then, but premiums on OmamaCare-compliant policies will be twice as high . . . or more . . . without the subsidies.

The case will be appealed by the government to the Supreme Court. The buck stops there . . . if the Court decides to hear the case. What if Chief Justice Roberts switches sides, and concludes that the federal subsidies are null and void. Then his tax for not buying policies will still be in force, but not the subsidies.

This is political theater at its best. This is the federal government in full view: a gigantic bully, but really, truly stupid.

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18 thoughts on “Obama Takes Fake Responsibility for Plagued Website.

  1. I never remember such a Circus of errors and Control. I have lived since WWII and the present government is a true mess of scandals, lies and bordering on Dictatorship.

  2. “So there’s no excuse for it. And I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP. We are working overtime to improve it every day.

    This is NOT an APOLOGY, only taking responsibility to get it fixed!!!

  3. Several decades ago one of my college professors noted that, when officials accepted responsibility for something that went wrong in days of old, they resigned, and rightfully so. They had demonstrated they had failed and needed to step aside to make way for those who were more competent. Today someone says, "I take responsibility," people say, "Oh, isn't that noble of him?" but there are no repercussions, so the statement about taking responsibility is meaningless. Politicians know this, so they don't mind "taking responsibility" when they really don't.

  4. Obama…."I will take full responsibility"…How many times have we heard that in the past…Only to be forgetton by the time the next scandal unfolds!

  5. In Japan they stick a knife in their belly. They should do that here.

  6. Bill Smith says:

    I agree. I was born in 1942 so I remember the same time period. The crap has become more expansive and more “in your face” or blatant. The huge bank bailouts that are continuing are an example of what I mean. By and large the mainstream media ignores the real mess or only gives it a positive spin if they mention it weeks late if at all.

  7. Why didn't he take resonsiblity for the IRS scandel and Bengahi scandel, etc. He has blood on his hands and he knows it.

  8. King David ll says:

    "He invoked RomneyCare as evidence. “Massachusetts has shown the model works.” "
    If you look into Romney Care you just may find it is subsidized by the Federal Government AND it is in trouble!

  9. Ok, fool, take responsibility for: IRS-gate, Benghazi-gate, NSA-gate, Obamacare-gate, Fast-and-furious-gate, flood-gate….and resign!

  10. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    What the voters don't know is Mass. health care plan is entirely legal.. You see, enumerated powers of the federal gov't only encludes Those named powers in the constitution!~ What BO and others are doing is illegal, if they are in the federal gov't! Or if it is run by the federal gov't! Those are not enumerated in their power! There fore they can't do it! The states can, mass. can. because unnumerated or mentioned powers are left to the states to do says the constitution! No one seems to get it, not scotus, potus, senate, and a lot of congress! They cannot do it, there is no one to designate or delegate that power to the feds. Has to be done by amendment!

  11. WhiteFalcon says:

    Everything Ovomit or anyone in his administration says is a lie, period. Believe nothing of what this Government tells you.

  12. Virgil_Hilts says:

    OBAMA….hereinafter to be known as FUBAR-AK..has pulled a NIXON! During his time of trouble, Nixon made these statements. "I accept ALL the responsibility….but none of the BLAME." I've handing my resignation in FIVE TIMES…and Five times I've turned it down." "Ladies and gentlemen, the American people need to know whether or not their President is a Crook! Well, let me say this about that right now…I am not a crook I'm a no-good S.O.B but I'm not a crook!"


  14. Hi, me dino. I take full responsibility for my species dying out before the asteroid hit. In fact, I'll take full responsibly for the that sky bomb too. And for the Ice Ages that followed. Also for unceasing climate change since the creation of the earth. Holy Geez do I begin to feel important. Hey, y'all, when this very world ends, look to me. That will also be all my fault! Who's the dino?! Who's the dino?! I am peaches! I am cream! I'm the captain of the team! Yay me!

  15. hillary took "full responsibility" for Benghazi. Totally meaningless!

  16. 305Katydids says:

    Obama may have said they followed the Romney plan for healthcare but the evidence is completely to the contrary!
    The real poor will not be covered! Obama needed more money, taxes, and had to buy agreement from insurers and also bought AARPs agreement and support, and ended up fleecing and scourging all Us legal citizens with overwhelmingly expensive system that does not work due to cronyism.

  17. Navigator30 says:

    Obama Care is designed to fail. When it does, you can bet that the Administration will rush to save it with "single payer" which is what they wanted all along. I wonder how many Insurance companies will be bankrupted when they discover that their "pool" of insured is mostly elderly, very sick, and loaded with "pre-existing" conditions.

  18. This article soes what the liberals desire from onservatives. It completelly ignores the Constitutional distribution of law making powers between the Federal Government and the states.

    Romneycare was legal because it ws a State law and the states have the constitutional power to make such laws.
    Obamacare is unconstitutional because the federal Government was NOT given the power to make such laws.