Interesting article on the implementation of Obamacare, showing what a huge clusterf*&k it was.
It appears to be trying to show Obama was on top of telling people what to do, but that they failed him because they were incompetent. This strategy of course begs the question, well, if he was that involved, why wouldn’t he know that it was such a disaster?
The piece mentions a big meeting Obama on Dec 19, 2012 with senior officials and HHS on Obamacare. I went to the whitehouse.gov schedule trying to see if this big meeting was reflected there. There’s an update function there that would allow you to plug in the date. Naturally, being the Obama White House, this function didn’t work, so I couldn’t see the schedule from that date that way.
So I hand scrolled the calendar back by hitting the “previous” week button.
There is no reflection of this “big meeting” on his schedule. That whole week was full of his pontificating statements on Newtown. On that date, his schedule is, typically, rather empty- he and Biden got the daily briefing, he made a statement, and delivered remarks at a holiday reception. Not saying it didn’t necessarily take place, just that it isn’t there.
The piece also mentions the administration’s fears of Republican criticism causing them to make errors. Well, if you’re more concerned about politics then actually getting things right, that tends to happen. This administration has shown, again and again, that is their main focus.
In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama’s top economic aides were getting worried. Larry Summers, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, and Peter Orzag, head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was “up to the task” of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality.
Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war played out inside the White House, according to five people familiar with the episode. On one side, members of the economic team and Obama health-care adviser Zeke Emanuel lobbied for the president to appoint an outside health reform “czar” with expertise in business, insurance and technology. On the other, the president’s top health aides — who had shepherded the legislation through its tortuous path on Capitol Hill and knew its every detail — argued that they could handle the job.