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Bridget Johnson


October 22, 2013 - 7:00 am

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Piers Morgan’s CNN show last night dismissed critics of Obamacare’s early website failings as “a lot of fascination obviously with pointing the finger of blame for the fact that the website associated with the Affordable Care Act has not been performing as effectively as it should be.”

“But the fact is this is a significant enterprise and the problems that we’ve seen were not anticipated. We knew there would be some glitches, we knew there would be some trouble but neither the president nor the senior team knew that we would see the kind of trouble that we’ve seen as far which is why the president has insisted on making sure that some of the best minds in the country when it comes to these kind of subjects are being applied to addressing these problems and making the consumer experience so much better,” he said.

He also brushed off calls for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, despite calls for heads to roll coming from all quarters. “Until someone that high up is fired, I do not believe that no one is angrier about this failure than the president,” Andrew Sullivan wrote yesterday. “I believe that’s true – but also spin.”

“It shouldn’t be about, you know, making — having heads roll or firing people,” Carney said. “…The accountability [Obama's] looking for is the accountability of making sure that everybody who has expertise in this matter is focused on fixing it. Not, you know, focused on, you know, making heads roll. That’s not the time right now to focus on that. The time is to get these problems fixed and make sure that the system is working most efficiently from the American people. That’s what his focus is on right now not on, you know, pointing fingers of blame but making sure that it works.”

The press secretary kept up the spin that “part of that has been driven by the enormous volume, the enormous levels of interest that exceeded our expectations and that volume itself has caused problems with the website and the volume has exposed other problems.”

Carney said there’s a “tech search” under way to find someone to fix the site.

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans are submitting their applications successfully to get into the system and enroll in ObamaCare. And they’re doing it through a variety of means, through state exchanges, through the federal exchanges, and through the calling center, and that’s going to continue,” he said. “…We’re three weeks into a six month process so this is still very early days.”

“…It doesn’t mean sending a military jet to pick up the experts in Silicon Valley but there are a number of experts from the private sector who are working around the clock on this, as well as experts from within government who are working around the clock on this, and we take the point. We need the best brains in the business applied to helping makes this experience better and helping to make the changes to the website that are necessary to deal with the volume and to deal with the glitches that consumers have encountered.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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All you do (Carney) is place blame on anybody and everybody who disagrees with you and your boss; who the hell are YOU to ask why anyone would 'blame' Dear Leader for any of his multiple failures? All you ever do is BLAME OTHERS for your own inadequacies....what a hypocrite!

Remember BENGHAZI!
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We have a National Major Problem which needs to be publicly researched and aired:

Readers here aren't the majority of voters being bought by the likes of this Obamacare. The present majority who elected Obama twice aren't interested in the finer points of any Obama legislation, the computer malfunctions, delays, all of that stuff.....all they're interested in is the benefits check being in their mailbox, and the prospects of even more benefits coming in the future after this current dust storm has settled.

Obamacare isn't going away, it will be permanently ensconced on our newly socializing economy in some form or other because of the demographic change now taking place in America. Think of those millions of illegals [no one can know how many there are....] who're all potential Democrat voters being bought, right now.

We're now ruled by the "unwashed', under educated, ill-educated, impressionable younger folks who think Obama is effing "cool".

All of our flailing about and railing about "those idiots in Washington", albeit amply justified, is a waste of time until a loyal opposition party is formed which can mobilize common sense to thwart this new demographic reality.

The Whigs passed away.

Now it's time for the Republicans to pass away.

Or: re-organize and galvanize and recruit enough new voters to, again, thwart the new demographics in America. Remember when the Republicans were demonized in the South? Now they're the only opposition to a Democrat entrenched government...and, they're primarily located in the South.

So, times change. Current Republicans need to "get with it" or die as a Party.

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There is no "i" in failure, only "u"

BTW, how much does it cost to have a number of Silicon Valley experts working round the clock? On most jobs, that would be what is known as massive overrun.
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