The New York Times ran a long article on the panic in the White House over the failure of www.healthcvare.gov. Obama is now in full-time damage control.
The end of the article gives some indication of his strategy: pretend the site is not there. “Website? Never heard of it!”
In the White House, aides to Mr. Obama know that Republican attacks will keep coming, and that a clearer assessment of the Affordable Care Act will not come until at least the end of March, when the initial sign-up period for enrollment closes. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that seven million people will have signed up for coverage by then, but so far enrollment has been slow. During October, the federal government has reported, just 106,000 people picked new health plans, a vast majority of them through state-run exchanges.
Mr. Obama, meanwhile, is trying to turn the page. After a bruising two months in Washington, he spent the early part of last week on the West Coast, talking about other priorities — the economy and an immigration overhaul — raising money for Democrats, and trying at every turn to sound upbeat.
At a closed-door fund-raiser Tuesday night at the Beverly Hills home of the basketball star Magic Johnson, Mr. Obama made only scant reference to the law that he has long hoped will define his presidency. The president, who just two weeks earlier stood before a roomful of reporters in Washington and confessed that he had “fumbled” the rollout of his biggest legislative initiative, now confined his remarks about health care to his long-running battle with Republicans.
“I’m absolutely sure we’re going to make sure this country provides affordable health care for every single American,” Mr. Obama told the donors. “And if I have to fight for another three years to make sure that happens, I will do so.”
He did not mention the website.
When the liberal media’s flagship newspaper runs an article like this, we know: Obama’s ship is sinking. He will go down with his ship. He will take a lot of Democrats in the Senate with him.
In the Senate, Democrats are moving toward the lifeboats. They deny it, of course. They are really heading for the grand ballroom, they insist.
But why are they wearing life jackets?