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Stephen Kruiser

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October 21, 2013 - 7:03 pm

First, there was this.

We’re now negative 14 days until the Affordable Care Act and most people still can’t purchase insurance. The magnitude of this failure is stunning. Yes, the federal health-care law is a complicated project, government IT rules are a mess, and the scrutiny has been overwhelming. But the Obama administration knew all that going in. They should’ve been able to build an online portal that works.

Early on, President Obama like to compare the launch of the Affordable Care Act to Apple launching a new product. Can you imagine how many people Steve Jobs would’ve fired by now if he’d launched a new product like this?

Now, this.

The problem here isn’t just technological. It’s managerial. The White House’s senior staff — up to and including the president — was blindsided. Staffers deep in the process knew that HealthCare.gov wasn’t ready for primetime. But those frustrations were hidden from top-level managers. Somewhere along the chain the information was spun, softened, or just plain buried.

The result was that the White House didn’t know the truth about its own top initiative — and so they were unprepared for the disastrous launch. They didn’t even know they needed to be lowering expectations. In any normal corporation, heads would roll over a managerial failure of such magnitude and consequence.

Actually, Klein is getting close to several clues (like the inherently bumbling nature of bureaucracy and how this one blew the easiest part). No serious person, however, believes any of them will become apparent to him in a lasting way.

What is highlighted by the two passages most is this: Team Lightbringer knew this was a big, complicated and important deal.

So they left it up to the yes-men “staffers”.

The Obama media has been telling us for quite some time that ACA is his “signature legislative achievement”, so why not any oversight by the SMARTEST POTUS EVER?

New layers of bureaucracy are always awful, bloated and inefficient. Creating one in a sycophantic cult of personality environment exacerbates those negative characteristics a thousandfold.

It is impossible to identify and eliminate problems when the ethos of those in charge doesn’t allow for every admitting that anything negative is happening.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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It is time to get heads together and develop a system that will actually work. The means to a better end are there. It will look something like Medicare for everyone. Kind of lousy but OK and the ability to buy better.

The Republicans need to develop and promote a "compromise" plan for the good of the country. All will go along since the current mess is no longer tenable.

We spend 16% of GDP on healthcare. There is enough money to make it work. The alternative is blood in the streets, red and blue.
38 weeks ago
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I was sort of waiting for Prez Zero to tell us at his campaign stop on Monday, that he was the bestest software developer ever, but the project was just so darn large.

Really, no one at the highest levels of the Administration had an idea that this signature web site was having issues? Criminysakes, what the hell do you executives get paid for? Why haven't there been a flurry of firings/resignations?

Oh, wait, this is the Obama Administration. Failure is the design.
39 weeks ago
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Dumbest President in modern history and the most incompetent MSM.

But the idea that the White House wasn't told is nonsense. Yes-men always make sure to tell the boss about the crisis. They just do it in language that hides the severity but allows them to escape blame.

Competent executives know this and spot it. The Empty Suit(tm) President isn't competent.
39 weeks ago
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"The problem here isn’t just technological. It’s managerial. The White House’s senior staff — up to and including the president — was blindsided. Staffers deep in the process knew that HealthCare.gov wasn’t ready for primetime. But those frustrations were hidden from top-level managers."
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Sounds stunningly similar to the failures in the USSR with their 1 3 5 and 10 year plans that failed to be realized - and the party higher ups that hadn't the guts to report the failures. And that went on on a regular basis.

Nobody has the balls to tell the Emperor he has no clothes.

39 weeks ago
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NEO-COMMUNISM: Just like the Soviet-era Politburo, nobody steps up to take responsibility for failures, i.e. Chernobyl - the State is perfect, the idealism is perfect, Dear Leader is perfect....any and all failures are due 100% to incompetence or worse - sabotage. Either way, the penalty was a 7.65mm Makarov to the base of the skull....the neo-communists (democrats) are looking feverishly for a fall guy to blame all this on...Sebelius? Will the Queen of Death take the fall for a flawed, unworkable, communist redistribution of wealth that fell flat on its face? Time will tell, but it will be anybody and everybody EXCEPT Dear Leader, of course.

Remember BENGHAZI!
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
"...(democrats) are looking feverishly for a fall guy to blame all this on..."

BOOOOOOOOOOOSH!
39 weeks ago
39 weeks ago Link To Comment
I've been following Sarah Kliff and Ezra Klein over at Wonkblog with increasing interest. Ezra Klein loves to wonk but has his head screwed on backwards. These numbers are causing his head to twist like that kid in the exorcist so he's actually looking in the proper direction now, but his head is still on backwards. It appears to be very uncomfortable for him.

Alas you are right, Stephen that Klein won't get the larger lesson or review conservative predictions that Obamacare would fail in the very way and for the very reasons they stated. It would be fun to see him debate Avik Roy when it's all over.
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