"I was not informed directly that the Web site would not be working the way it was supposed to. Had I been informed, I wouldn't be going out saying, boy, this is going to be great. You know -- I'm accused of a lot of things, but I don't think I'm stupid enough to go around saying this is going to be like shopping on Amazon or Travelocity a week before the Web site opens if I thought that it wasn't going to work. So, clearly, we and I did not have enough awareness about the problems in the Web site."
It turns out, using the President's own words, that he was indeed "stupid enough." It has been revealed that the President himself as well as top aides, including Kathleen Sebelius, were directly briefed on problems HealthCare.gov was happening before its launch. And not just run-of-the-mill problems, but the precise ones that have bedeviled the site since October 1st.
The report that the President was briefed on warned of: Implementation risks: check. Marketplaces unavailable with system failure: check. Long manual processing times: check. Failure to resolve post launch issues rapidly: check (we're in week eight of this snafu). No viable marketplace in large volume states: check (Oregon still has 0 whole people signed up). Inaccurate/incomplete financial management systems: check.
These are not vague "problems" that the system was having. These were not things that rarely occurred. These were risks and bugs that were so severe that the study warned that the website might not be completely ready to go October 1, if not complete built by then.
And they were right. And the President was briefed. So when the President called Republicans "crazy" for saying there would be momentous problems with the website, he was lying. When the President said that ObamaCare and HealthCare.gov were "a good deal," he was lying.
The fact of the matter is that the President of these United States is a liar. There's no way around it, no way to sugar coat it. And, according to his very own words, he is "stupid enough."
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