The Washington Post is liberal. When the Post runs an article as devastating as this one, you know the problem facing the President is overwhelming.
“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business,” said David Cutler, a Harvard professor and health adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign, who was not the individual who provided the memo to The Washington Post but confirmed he was the author. “It’s very hard to think of a situation where the people best at getting legislation passed are best at implementing it. They are a different set of skills.”
The White House’s leadership of the immense project — building new health insurance marketplaces for an estimated 24 million Americans without coverage — is one of several key reasons that the president’s signature domestic policy achievement has become a self-inflicted injury for the administration.
From the moment the law was passed, he kept telling his staff that the website had to work. They did not get the message.
White House officials say they were focused on whether there would be enough insurance plans for sale in the new marketplaces and on whether enough people would enroll. They say they didn’t have a clue how troubled the Web site’s operation was.
Only during the weekend after HealthCare.gov’s Oct. 1 opening did the president’s aides begin to grasp the gravity of the problems, the White House official said. Obama soon began getting nightly updates on the performance of the Web site, which has still been unavailable to Americans for hours at a stretch over the past week.
The extent to which it does not work has yet to be seen. It doesn’t work. By the end of the month, everyone will know. It won’t work in time for millions of Americans to avoid the tax penalties next year.
The President’s A-Team has until December 1 to get it fixed. If he comes before the voters in December to promise success by New Year’s Day, he will look silly.
When it does not work reliably on New Year’s Day, what then?
To get some sense of just how big a digital hole the President is in, click the link.