Remember when they told us that Obama was a political Jedi master with mad skillz?
Obama called Republicans hostage-takers with a “gun to the head of the American people,” extortionists, extremists, and blackmailers, while a White House person called them suicide bombers.
All for wanting to do, well, a version of what the White House just announced it’s doing.
If indeed Obama knew that HealthCare.gov was about to fail spectacularly, and he rejected Republican offers for the exact delay he’s going to need, that’s ideological malpractice, dealing a blow to liberalism to score a short-term political win over Republicans. I’ve got to believe that’s a situation where Bill Clinton would have taken a humbling hit by accepting some kind of ACA delay, but turned to take credit for ending the shutdown, and assured the American people “that we’re really committed to getting this to work just right for all of you, and now we’ll have some more time to work out the glitches you see in any big tech project. Apple comparison, etc., etc.” But Obama’s specialty is partisan boot-grinding, not long-term victories by taking short-term lumps. It was his priority to crush Rep. John Boehner, not get Obamacare anywhere near functioning before its launch date.
Obama should have known that this roll-out was gonna be a big shitburger. If he didn’t know then either he’s incompetent or his aides lied and concealed the truth from him. (Or both.)
But if the White House knew that they needed to delay the roll-out then they missed a great opportunity. They could have “compromised” with the GOP by doing something Obama needed anyway (delaying the roll-out) and probably got some more concessions too! Win-win.
The worst thing is that this roll-out isn’t even Obamacare, it’s just the enrollment period. There is no good reason they couldn’t have made this part work.
It’s gonna get a lot worse. Obamacare hasn’t even killed anyone yet.
It’s gonna be historic.