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Sebelius claims Obama not warned of healthcare.gov disaster

By United Press International

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President Obama did not know HealthCare.gov faced technical problems before it went live, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.

"I think it became clear" to Obama in "the first couple of days," she told CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" Tuesday.

She answered, "No, sir" when asked if Obama knew about the malfunctions and misfires before the website's Oct. 1 start.

"I think that we talked about having testing going forward," she said of White House and HHS discussions before the site went public.

"If we had an ideal situation and could have built a product in a five-year period of time, we probably would have taken five years," she said. "But we didn't have five years, and certainly Americans who rely on health coverage didn't have five years for us to wait. We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the law."

The federal website -- for residents of the 36 states that chose not to create their own state healthcare exchanges, where individuals and small business can buy private insurance plans -- has been marred by serious technological problems from its debut, making it difficult to sign up for health insurance.

Some insurance companies are reported to have expressed concerns the site wouldn't be ready to go live, and The Washington Post said the site failed to accommodate even a few hundred users in a test run just days before the rollout.

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett are to meet with health insurance chief executive officers and lobbyist Karen Ignagni, president of the America's Health Insurance Plans trade association, at the White House Wednesday.

House Democrats are separately to meet with HHS Office of Health Reform Director Michael Hash about the technical problems.

Several Republicans, including House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, have called on Sebelius to resign over the problems.

"I think this rollout has been a fiasco, not just because they have bad tech but because the law itself is so fundamentally flawed," Ryan said in a conference call Tuesday in support of the gubernatorial campaign of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

"We gave the administration every chance to delay the law and delay the mandate," Ryan said.

But Sebelius told CNN she hadn't talked with Obama about resigning.

"What I talked about is doing the job that I came here to do," the former Kansas governor said. "This is the most important work I've ever done in my life, delivering on an historic act, making sure that we have health security for the millions of Americans."

As part of that, Sebelius announced Tuesday she hired incoming National Economic Council chief Jeffrey Zients to lead the so-called tech surge to fix the troubled website.

Sebelius also said her department recruited other "experts and specialists drawn from within government, our contractors and industry, including veterans of top Silicon Valley companies" and Presidential Innovation Fellows, to fix HealthCare.gov.

She did not name or enumerate the others, nor did White House spokesman Jay Carney when asked by reporters.

Presidential Innovation Fellows, established in August 2012, brings "top innovators from outside government for focused 'tours of duty' with our best federal innovators on game-changing projects," the White House says on the program's website.

The program's projects seek "to deliver significant results within six months," the site says.

Zients, the U.S. chief performance officer and a former acting director at the Office of Management and Budget who once worked for Mitt Romney's Bain & Co. investment firm, is scheduled to join the White House Jan. 1 as National Economic Council director, replacing Gene Sperling.

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  1. Scruffy-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
    October 23, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    Is it not just amazing how many times obama has claimed NOT to have any knowledge of the many screwups in his administration. It is hard to believe that he had no knowledge about a subject he has spent so much time defending.
    The obama legacy will be “The self-righteous, lying, deceiving, non-creditable obama.”

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    • marksmithusarmyComment by marksmithusarmy
      October 23, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      As the CEO of the country, the one who hired ms. sebelius, and the one who signed the bill, it IS his responsibility….but then , the buck has never stopped at obama’s desk has it?

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    • mbmbcsComment by mbmbcs
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      I can tell you this… I was fired in April of 2013 because two people in my department broke company policy and I knew nothing about it with the reply…it was your department – you were the director- you hired your staff – it was your responsibility to know what was going on in your department. Seems I need to work for the federal government or be president where accountability is a joke.

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    • BillzillaComment by Billzilla
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:27 am

      For a guy who’s supposed to be really smart, Obama has no knowledge of anything!?!? Who’s kidding who? What a load of horse manure!

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      It is not hard to believe at all, Kerry P. Obama is CLUELESS when it comes to the everyday operation of his administration, and has no idea what his minions are out there doing, nor does he CARE. The only time he “cares” at all is when he gets caught short, like this Obamacare website debacle.

      He is WAY too busy trashing the Constitution, demonizing Republicans and blaming somebody–ANYBODY–for his many failures as a leader to pay attention to mundane things like whether his billion dollar Obamacare website is working.

      People keep wondering why Sebelius hasn’t been fired–THIS STORY shows why–because she is needed to lie for Obama and deflect blame/responsibility for anything that happens from the Great Eared One. You can be sure that when she is no longer needed to perform these services, she will quietly resign. Obama almost ALWAYS uses women to cover his failings, and they are eventually sacrificed after they have served as buffers for his incompetence. And he has the NERVE to talk about the GOP making “war on women”!

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    • rrg51Comment by rrg51
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:57 am

      There’s still so many of those who voted them in who just cannot acknowledge the mistake. Unfortunately, the race thing gets tied up in it–they feel like they’re rejecting him because he’s black, not just that he’s a person who’s incompetent. He’s just a mealticket for the progressive brokers.

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    • gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
      October 23, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

      This is what America gets when it elects a socialist “son of a glitch”.

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    • countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
      October 23, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

      Obama is never responsible for anything. Get used to it. And vote the liberals out in 2014/16 in spite of whatever quibbles you have with one side of the right. The battle cry must be unified and strong: Vote Progressive politics OUT.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      October 23, 2013 @ 1:09 pm

      Okay, so Obama didn’t know.
      I suppose if he HAD known, he would have been more than happy to ‘negotiate’ with Republicans about a delay of the individual mandate … right?

      It would have made him look soooo ‘bipartisan’.

      Now, he is probably wishing that his Valerie Jarrett witch had let him do that …

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    • extyrequeenComment by extyrequeen
      October 23, 2013 @ 3:59 pm

      i’m surprised that he hasn’t blamed bush for this…after all
      he’s blamed for everything else….

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      October 23, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

      “Obama not warned”—is there a functioning brain cell in the heads of any of these people? And that’s a rhetorical question—I know the answer too well.

      The lengths that these people go to and the ridiculous excuses they come up with to cover for Obama.

      He found out about the IRS scandal like we all did—until then, he had no clue. Yeah

      He doesn’t know what happened in Benghazi, but he is going to find out. Must be doing a lot of digging.

      Didn’t know the extent of the NSA spying operation, but he is going to institute all the necessary restraints to ensure our privacy. Umm-Hmm

      He can’t get anything accomplished because the Republicans—and even George Bush still—get in the way and shut down the government and just generally cause all kinds of havoc—never himself nor any Democrat—always the Republicans. He’s always right—and they’re always wrong. Blah Blah Blah

      Had no idea about the Obamacare website and implementation problems—he wasn’t warned. B—–S

      This is just a short list, but if you have to make up baloney like this for everything that goes awry under this administration’s watch—it isn’t making him—nor them—look good at all—it is making them look downright incapable and incompetent—which they are. This jackass is in his fifth year as “President” and he cannot answer questions off the cuff that aren’t scripted—he has no idea what is going on—he doesn’t know how to do anything required of his position—he will accept no responsibility for his five years at the helm.

      He has to lie and finger-point constantly to try and cover up his own inadequacies and incompetence. Every one of his appointees is just as brain dead as he is. It’s a circus—but a pathetic one.

      He is not so uninformed—you can count on it.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      October 23, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

      If Obama didn’t know it’s because Sebilius didn’t tell him.
      If Sebilius didn’t know it’s because she is as incompetent as he is.

      If they both had dynamite for brains, neither of them could work up enough pressure for a sneeze.

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  2. glennComment by glenn
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    Guess who the idiot is that selects all these people to head these departments

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    • rustypatComment by rustypat
      October 23, 2013 @ 11:30 am

      Out of touch with reality (Benghazi video BS, etc.), out of touch with the Constitution, out of touch with budgets, debt and spending, out of touch with the foreign affairs, out of touch with Americans, out of touch with the IRS … and the list goes on & on.

      Normal people would have learned by now that they are supposed to notify the President of things that aren’t going as planned. But here, as with the obvious pattern of operation that has existed for five years now, the Emperor’s Clothes continue to be allegedly safe-guarded by his lackey’s willingness to fall on daggers of self-inflicted (i.e. mandated by Barry) admissions of gross lying ineptness @ “I didn’t tell my boss.”

      The only thing Barry is in touch with is himself.
      At least we wont have to worry about a sex scandal.

      Obama-Nation is an Abomination.
      http://www.openbible.info/topics/abomination

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    • oleteabagComment by oleteabag
      October 23, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

      Well, if you recall, rustypat, nobody in that bunker would tell Hitler that they were losing the war and the Russians were advancing steadily on Berlin, either, because he was CRAZY and they were afraid of what he would do if they told him something he did not like. Perhaps the same situation exists within the Obama administration–because we know for SURE that he is at LEAST seriously neurotic, if not COMPLETELY CRAZY.

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  3. kathyduComment by kathydu
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:14 am

    Even if this ridiculous claim is true — and I am certain it is a total lie — this woman should be fired immediately for her incompetence. But, as we all know, OBUMMER never fires any of his loyal suck-ups.

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    • ssoldieComment by ssoldie
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

      kathydu, you are so right,I don’t believe he has a woman capable of telling the truth in his whole administration.

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    • kathyduComment by kathydu
      October 23, 2013 @ 11:26 am

      OBUMMER is a pathological liar. He will not surround himself with people who do not lie or cover for him when they know he is lying because he fears being exposed by honest people.

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    • extyrequeenComment by extyrequeen
      October 23, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

      yes they a need to be fired and we the voters need to demand that Obama step down

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  4. crustyoldgeezerComment by crustyoldgeezer
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    Two problems with her scenario:

    A. It does not take 5 years to design and build a website. not even for a complex website that is needed in this circumstance.

    B. The site had this many problems, she forgot to tell the boss his newest toy wouldn’t work in public and everybody would know from day one that it was a disaster AND he didn’t fire her and her entire top staff on day two.

    These ‘people’ do not have the brains to lie convincingly.

    Anybody that cannot lie convincingly at the drop of a hat has no place in DC politics.

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    • cgretiredComment by cgretired
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:08 am

      A. It does when there there is an enormous amount of funding that is just handed out without regard to any sort of budget or oversight which is typical of this so-called administration.

      B. The “boss” knew of the problems. No one can tell me that he did not.

      “Lie convincingly – heck, isn’t the moniker for the way it’s done in DC politics? Done right or wrong, it’s still the “business as usual” in DC.

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    • crustyoldgeezerComment by crustyoldgeezer
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      cgretired :

      In other words, you agree whole heartedly with me.

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    • cgretiredComment by cgretired
      October 23, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

      Oh yes. Absolutely. I thought I would just add a bit to your comment. The reply for “a” was a bit of sarcasm pointed at this “administration”.

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  5. mudguyComment by mudguy
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    Definition of an Expert ” Ex is a has been, Pert is a drip under pressure” We have enough of Obummers “Experts”

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  6. bronxconservComment by bronxconserv
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    Yeah and at what new added costs to the taxpayers to “fix” a system they’ve already spent millions on? Your hard earned tax dollars at work. The federal government can’t even get a package to you properly; they’re gonna run and administer 1/6th of the economy? What a joke. This has always been more about government control and redistribution of assets than health insurance coverage. They want it to fail so they can try to implement a single payer system. they have already shown their hand in this poker game.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      October 23, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

      “They want it to fail so they can try to implement a single payer system”

      This will not end with a single payer system for healthcare, but will need to take over the whole economy to pay for it

      Milton Friedman pointed out in the private sector when some thing does not work, it dies, with government they double the amount of money, and with each new failure they double it again, until it has consumed all available resources

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      October 23, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

      You posted,”They want it to fail so they can try to implement a single payer system”

      “take over the whole economy”
      Obama’s plan for the country hasn’t failed in his opinion, this was his plan all along to, as George Soros wrote in his book, America is to big for its britches and needs to be brought down a peg” This is what Obama has been working on since his first day in office, to bring America down.

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  7. kpc1939Comment by kpc1939
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    a Leader accepts responsibility and solves problems.

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    • mudguyComment by mudguy
      October 23, 2013 @ 9:29 am

      Yes and a competent leader would have check on how things were going. And would have set up check points for the person in charge to make reports on the progress of the program. This is just one more piece of evidence that Obamacare was designed to fail so single payer would be the fix.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      October 23, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      Totally agree. To me leadership is synonymous with management. Management is a learned skill while leadership is a personal trait. Anyone that has taken a course in management 101 at any educational level knows that a manager always checks on the progress and keeps an eye on the projects he /she is responsible for, especially if he/she has assigned them to anyone.

      “You can assign authority but not responsibility” is another requirement of management /leadership. Obviously to Obama, keeping an eye on what’s going on interferes with vacations, golf and campaigning or Obama has no clue of the skills of leadership/management (not the first time this has been suggested). Either that or he is being lied to by his staff, is lying to us and/or all of the above. The pity is that he thinks he has no failures and has no sense of his failures or just plain doesn’t care. Any true leader would call for Sibelius’ resignation or terminate her.

      He has worn thin the excuse that it’s someone else’s fault and has destroyed any hope he has ever had of plausible deniability. At some point even the people that voted for him or he has hired should begin to suspect they have a failure running the country, are agreeing with what he is doing or are just plain stupid and are walking off a cliff with him. Unfortunately he is taking this country with him off the cliff.

      At one time (possibly still) pride, a sense of personal worth and acceptance of responsibility would cause a Japanese leader (Samurai) to commit hari kari rather than bear the shame of personal failure. Anyone got a spare knife handy?

      It’s time to start dumping these highly paid wastrels.

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  8. usar4meComment by usar4me
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    What a bunch of hogwash… The President is supposed to be on top of things. It is his duty and responsibility to know what is happening, too manage the government, not to react to it. He certainly has staff meetings and you would expect that in a 3 1/2 yr. period he would have asked for regular updates regarding the fielding of his ‘hallmark legislation’… the Affordable Health Care Act.

    If is absurd for he and his staff to claim he was left out in the dark regarding the fielding of the Affordable Health Care Act. Obama might take fewer vacations and spend more time doing his job, than campaigning and fund raising… Even then, it is impossible to believe that he did not know about the problems with fielding the ACA. Hell it was 10 times over budget… 62 million was the original contract let to develop the computer programming and DHHS spends 626 Million and the President doesn’t know? He needs to resign now, as he is obviously totally incompetent to run the government.

    Obama is incapable of accepting any responsibility for his INEPT governance… the man is incorrigible. First, he appointed Kathleen Sibelius to run DHHS and if she is incapable it is his fault for appointing her and not supervising her. Of Course, Obama has many more problems than Sibelius… he is completely unqualified to run the government and his Party is totally incapable of helping him.

    Obama’s legacy is one of economic decay, massive increases in government debt and passing what is possibly the worst single piece of legislation ever to come out of DC… the Affordable Health Care Act. His Marxist philosophy for government has put our nation at risk of becoming one more failed nation in a world of failed experiments in government. He is going down as the worst President in our history by a long shot… He makes Jimmy Carter look competent.

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  9. imago5Comment by imago5
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:26 am

    Taking one for the team, another minion falls on the sword.

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  10. davebnmComment by davebnm
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:29 am

    If ‘bama was “Don Corleone,” he’d be sleeping with the fishes by now?

    How clueless is this guy?

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  11. freedixieComment by freedixie
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    If their lips are moving, they are eating or lying.

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  12. jagansComment by jagans
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:32 am

    This Ladies story simply does not wash. What the hell has she been doing for three years or so? Anyone with half a brain would set milestones on a program that is this big (Expensive) to be sure that it is on track. They would have wanted to see it in action. They would have required Beta Testing with several target groups, and concentrated on simplicity, considering her target. Perhaps she has always worked for the Government where non performance is the norm? The fact that she has not been fired is very telling. The fact that she is NOW going to bring in “The Best and the Brightest” is also very telling. How do you hire someone that does not have a clue about what they are doing to perform a function? How do you offer an excuse like “We weren’t prepared for the amount of traffic that we experienced”

    What the hell did she do, hire this Canadian firm and go on vacation for three years or so ??????? What Qualified her to perform this job ???????

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    • mudguyComment by mudguy
      October 23, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      Amazon never had problems with volume!

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  13. jsavardComment by jsavard
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    Two important foundational tenets:

    1. Rank has its privileges, Rank has its responsibility – Seems this POTUS only understands the initial section, and

    2. 5Ps – Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

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  14. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    This explanation only serves to show how screwed up they are

    If they really gave this some thought they would see that rather than protecting Obama from blame, by claiming he did not know, they have just shown how out of touch he is with everything. One would think he would want to be informed with the slightest detail over his pet project

    It also proves, not only the need to repeal Obamacare, but limit government involvement with every aspect of human life

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    • crustyoldgeezerComment by crustyoldgeezer
      October 23, 2013 @ 9:52 am

      “One would think”…..

      Well, this is the “ONE” we are speaking of, so obviously “THE ONE” does not think.

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      October 23, 2013 @ 11:25 am

      “THE ONE’ does not think.”

      This would also explain why he would not negotiate with the House, he did not have a clue of what they were talking about.

      Obamacare? What Obamacare? No one told me!

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  15. steven LComment by steven L
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    BS.

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  16. xvzrtgsglComment by xvzrtgsgl
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Fascinating story ! But wait, it has a familiar ring. Secrets, incompetence, coverup and sometimes death. Let’s add it to the list………(forgive me if I omit one or two-can’t remember them all)
    Fast & Furious = secrets, incompetence coverup and death!
    IRS and the teaparty = secrets, incompetence, coverup!
    Benghazi = secrets, incompetence, coverup and death.
    NSA = secrets, incompetence, coverup.
    ObamaCare, secrets, incompetence, coverup.
    ObamaCare Implementation, secrets, incompetence coverup and maybe some deaths will occur!
    If this government was a corporation, they would have gone the way of Enron.
    I hope the morons who voted for these guys can see the errors of their ways and will carefully consider their options at the next opportunity.

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    • sumitchComment by sumitch
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

      I worked for Enron. May sons of dogs choke on my retirement.

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  17. jamarcusComment by jamarcus
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Most of the media are missing another huge scandal in this website debacle. Private-sector web designers are saying they could’ve done a better job in less time for maybe a million dollars. Estimates have Obama spending $200 to $600 million (and he’s not done).

    One expert explained that even at the low end that’s 1,000,000 man hours of codewriting at $200/hour. They started in 2010. I did the math. That’s the equivalent of 160 top-notch codewriters working full time for 3 years (or ~500 people at the high end) for a site with only a few pages (granted, with complicated database interfaces). The experts are saying that cost is impossible.

    Where did the money go? Hey media, follow the money.

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    • windstormComment by windstorm
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:52 am

      When I estimated small – medium sized projects for a large corporation I would always multiply the developers’ estimates by a factor of 4: some for specs that were more detailed then assumed, some for project management overhead, some for the test cycle; that final number actually came in pretty close. In addition, there would be hardware costs, software licensing costs and a separate QA staff. Anytime one is working in highly regulated areas like banking or health care, there are additional gov’t regs that need to be followed.

      Either way, I don’t see how a full blown site that at its core simply has to compare plans, identify individuals, secure the data and implement data transfer is going to break new technology grounds; it’s all quite common everywhere.

      I agree, this project is a huge slush fund for everyone involved, someone needs to follow the money.

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  18. newrepublicanComment by newrepublican
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    “(we) … could have built a product in a five-year period of time”

    WOW, at least she is sticking with the same excuse Obama uses to explain that the “great recession just needs more time and more government spending in order to fully recover”! But there is no excuse for her leaving off blaming Bush. She will be fired for not blaming Bush!

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  19. RPComment by RP
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Do you think that when you hire incompetent political hacks to do jobs, that there might be some problems? Seems it must start with a political activist in the WH. It goes to show what unbridled liberals in power can do to screw the country up. Those that still support Obozo, how stupid are you?

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  20. JDZComment by JDZ
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    President Obama has never really gotten involved in anything complex to any depth as he has admitted in the past as being somewhat lazy, and it takes a lot of time and energy to be a “hands on” type leader. What most large corporations typically have in their executive structure is a CEO and a COO to accomodate the management challenges at the top. The CEO tends to focus on matters affecting the corporation on the outside (marketing, government issues, Board matters, investors, customers, contracts, financials, etc.) while the COO typically runs the internal operations of the company (product design and development, manufacturing, customer service, cost of operations, etc.). The successful corporation (Board of Directors) are very particular in the staffing of both of these key positions as the success of the company depends on having proven successful and experienced leaders in these two key jobs.

    Running our country has similar, and in many cases, much more demanding leadership challenges but the problem is that the CEO (the President) is selected by voters, not a Board of Directors composed of knowledgeable and experienced businessmen. Look what happened with Barack Obama, who may be the least qualified person elected President in our history. Not only does that put him in over his head in the most complex job in the world, but it sets the stage for cronyism in the staffing (not based on job qualifications) of his Cabinet and other key jobs within his administration. His (Obama) lack of executive experience of any kind makes the job of staffing selection for key jobs like the HHS (Sebelius) a major challenge for him, and my guess is that he basically left the staffing up to a couple of his trusted aides like Valerie Jarrett, his wife, and Rahm Emmanuel, his Chief of Staff.

    Results of this situation is extraordinarily dismal performance of his administration across the board in dealing with the problems in the country. The economy, the job situation, the national debt, national energy issues, foreign policy, runaway government borrowing and spending, numerous scandals within the administration, and now, the implementation of Obamacare.

    All of us know that the government is very poor at providing service of any kind. Every major government run agency is always over budget and poorly managed (e.g. SS, Medicare, AMTRAK, USPS, Welfare, etc.). Why would we expect a huge program like Obamacare to be any different? But beside that historical track record of poor management after a viable system is in place, the HHS, which is really not qualified to run a major technically driven design job, attempted to manage the design and development of the system architecture of Obamacare using a Canadian based IT company to develop the website and overall architecture, and it has turned into a disaster.

    All of this was predictable, unfortunately, the Democrats just cannot see past the nose on their face as they are so obsessed with nationalizing our healthcare, that they just do not care what the costs or sacrifices this will put on the American taxpayers and public at large.

    The American voters are responsible for putting these incompetent liberal politicians in Washington starting with Barack Obama, so do not blame Republicans for what has happened in the last five years and the disasters looking ahead. This is all the work of liberals like Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Holder, etc. and, especially Barack Obama.

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    • jagansComment by jagans
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      This is an excellent post. Unfortunately, we have granted the ignorant, uninformed, and illiterate the vote. They will ALWAYS vote for who and what puts money in their wallets.

      The entire system is designed to fail.

      1.) If you work for any government agency, and you strive to bring a program in under budget, that money is cut from your budget for the next year. Disincentive.

      2.) Nobody in DC wants to make a decision on anything. Reason: If you don’t do anything, you cant do anything wrong.

      3.) Contracts re awarded to the low bidder, regardless of the track record of the bidder. Once the low bidder gets the job, they start enumerating what their bid does not include, and start asking for change orders. I have seen government contracts end up at ten times what the original bid was. WHere in the private sector would you EVER see this?

      Its Broken beyond repair, and all the kings horses, and all the kings men cannot put humpty dumpty together again.

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  21. joejacksonComment by joejackson
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    Having a woman fall on your sword is not becoming but it is typical Obama, sleazy.

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  22. blakeis7Comment by blakeis7
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    Of course Obama didn’t know: anyone who’s worked for this guy for over two weeks knows that you do not bring POTUS bad news! (in other words, “Don’t Mess With the Lorax…”)
    Narcissists only want to be reminded of the human failures of others, never of themselves. So it is not surprising that he really did not know how massive a failure was ahead. And the inexperienced, dogma-driven sycophants who make up his inner core hadn’t the insight or real world business experience to know what questions to ask.
    The most interesting period will be months from now, when some committee uncovers the real reasons for selecting that particular software company, who made the final decision, and whether any other companies were seriously considered. Remember – this is the Chicago gang at work here. They don’t negotiate, they demand. They don’t investigate, they create cover. They don’t listen, they preach. Worst of all, they don’t govern, they order.

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  23. Jota_Comment by Jota_
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Anyone who has not watched this lecture by Milton Friedman, “The Economics of Medical Care” 1980, would strongly encourage to do so

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJgbc8ojYUg&list=PLED1293879A88CD09

    In a nutshell, as long as people believe government can save them they will increasingly scarifies their time and energy in that hope until they have lost all they have which could have been used to achieve what they had needed.

    And it all starts by asking the government for help, never realizing government is a creation of the will of men and can only give what it has first taken. In essence, one is really helping themselves while surrendering their will

    There are 15 videoes in the lecture series, the one above is numbered 10 in the series

    It is well worth the time to watch

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    • Jota_Comment by Jota_
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:52 am

      Sorry, cannot help see the irony of my posting a link to a YouTube video

      Now the failure can be blamed on it

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  24. moonshineComment by moonshine
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    That is a blatant lie. Obama knew what was going on, just like with Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA, etc. If you believe that BS, you probably also believe in the Tooth Fairy. These liberal SOBs lie at will and somehow get away with it. Sebelius is almost as stupid as Pelosi, but has probably had fewer face lifts. Where does Sheik Obama find these idiots? He has an endless supply of them.
    I hope Congress convicts her dumb butt of perjury, and sends her to Gitmo.

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  25. skepticComment by skeptic
    October 23, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    This President is only listening to his own fantasies or he would have heard everyone including the Washington DemocRATS Calling the whole thing a “Train Wreck”.
    Bar-Ack Hussein is actively working to destroy the US of A. He wants to install a Islamist gov’t in the US as he has helped to do throughout the Middle East.

    “Let US laugh at the citizens and PLAY GOLF”.

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    • sotheseedsofliberty2Comment by sotheseedsofliberty2
      October 23, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

      Why was only one Canadian firm picked by Obama and his administration to set up a web site to sign up Americans for Obama Health Care Plan.
      “Rather than open the contracting process to a competitive public solicitation with multiple bidders, officials in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid accepted a sole bidder, CGI Federal, the U.S. subsidiary of a Canadian company with an uneven record of IT pricing and contract performance”
      Did this Canadian company have a special relationship with the Obama administration…
      Then, Why was only one Canadian firm picked by Obama and his administration to build buses for the Obama rather than an American company when Obama wanted tour buses built.

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