We start with a typica Obama-ism... he's "not happy" about something that he was responsible for himself. Obama continues to act as if he's just a taking a White House tour, and not the President who is actually supposed to be managing the government. And I am so tired with the trope of how "deeply concerned" he is. Not just "concerned," but "deeply concerned." Beyond being a cliche, it's a complete falsehood... people who are deeply concerned about something try to do their job correctly. They don't go play golf 150 times and then, when the business goes bankrupt or the case gets dismissed or the patient dies, say that they are "deeply concerned" after the fact.
Wrong... it means the opposite. If only 100,000 people out of the 47 million uninsured bothered to persevere long enough to successfully enroll in an Obamacare plan (and putting aside the expansive definition of "enroll" Obama is using), that means that about 46.9/47 million people didn't care enough to keep trying over the course of a whole month. If being "uninsured" were such a hardship, the number should have been much, much higher, and if the website didn't work, you should have seen mass demonstrations outside government offices. You didn't see any of that. This is a vast new program built on a fallacy of "demand" for healthcare.
MORE "FISKING" BELOW THE FOLD!
See above. To get to 100,000 enrollments Obama has to count people who simply put a "plan" into their "shopping cart," but didn't actually complete the process. Now he's trying to inflate the number by saying that a million people completed an "application." But they had to complete the application to see what the prices were, and then, presumably, many of them got "sticker shock" and quit.
Still inflating. Obama should go back to the University of Chicago Law School and teach a course in how to lie with numbers.
Medicaid is not insurance! It's a government welfare program for poor people. If Obama had sold Obamacare as... hey, we're going to enact a massive new wealth transfer entitlement for the poor on top of food stamps and welfare and the existing Medicaid system, I suspect he wouldn't have gotten it passed.
Later today I'll be in Ohio, where Governor Kasich, a Republican, has expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and as many as 275,000 Ohioans will ultimately be better off because of it. And if every governor followed suit, another 5.4 million Americans could gain access to health care next year.
Hmmm... I'm no Constitutional Law professor, but it seems that if there is this thing called a clause in another thing called a law in a bigger thing called an Act, then to "extend that principle" to other people you need another clause in another law in another Act, and all that needs to be passed by this little thing we call
But maybe Obama knows more than I do, given that he got his law degree from Harvard. Not sure what his grades were, but...
Can they? Really? Because insurers haven't made any changes in their programs because of Obamacare. Insurers will just rewrite their policies and rework their systems and reallocate their resources and personnel and do all of those things in a frictionless universe because Obama said so. Sure. That's the ticket.
Oh, you're shitting me, right? Because a month ago if people like me said that we maybe ought to think about delaying Obamacare, you and people like you called me a racist extremist. But now that your legacy is headed down the crapper, you'd love to have some bipartisan blame-sharing, wouldn't you?
This is an example of what I was talking about. We can always make this law work better.
And what have they done with their "chance"? Well, in the first month when they had that chance, 99.8% said, "meh, I'd rather watch Youtube and dick around on Facebook."
And I'm not going to walk away from something that has helped the cost of health care grow at its slowest rate in 50 years.
Dude, you've essentially been in charge of Washington for five years. Isn't this at long last your problem?
And, you know, regardless of what Congress does, ultimately, I'm the president of the United States, and they expect me to do something about it.
Working hard at my short game, that is.
And I think it's legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general.
Wait a minute.... if you "always knew" that creating the Obamacare marketplaces was going to be "complicated," why didn't you pay a lot more attention to it?
Huh? Whaaaat? Didn't you just tell me that you always knew it was going to be complicated? But now you're saying that you thought it was going to work like Amazon or Travelocity on Day One, because no one told you differently? Did you ask to see test results? Did you order any stress testing on the system? Did you order a beta test six months in advance? Did you listen back in March when your own point man on the project, Henry Chao, said that he only hoped it wouldn't be a "Third World" experience? Where were you while all this was going on?
In my law school, we called the two alternative theories of liability here "intentional misrepresentation" (fraud) or "negligent misrepresentation." He's basically admitting the latter, but I think I could get a jury to conclude the former. Put it this way.... if a CEO told this big a whopper about an IPO, the SEC would already have the indictment ready.
We put a grandfather clause into the law but it was insufficient.
This is how the true Stalinist thinks... only 5 percent of the population. That's only, oh, about 15 million people! If he said, hey, I'm going to screw over the populations of Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota, would he get away with that? Omelets... eggs... you get the picture.
And then for people who don't have any health insurance at all, obviously that didn't apply. My commitment to them was you were going to be able to get affordable health care for the first time.
Major Garrett just became my absolute favorite White House correspondent. This is a question that will go down in history, because it captures so perfectly the central pretentiousness of Obama as a liberal elitist. We couldn't handle the truth that could only be known to the exalted mandarin class.
Again, haven't you been the President for five years? Isn't this a problem you maybe would have wanted to address before you embarked on the largest technology procurement initiative in the HISTORY OF THE FUCKING WORLD!
Huh? Whaaaat? Didn't you tell me how surprised you were that there were problems and that no one had told you about them?
Now, I think we have to ask ourselves some hard questions inside the White House, as opposed to why we didn't see more of these problems coming earlier on, A, so we could set expectations, B, so that we could look for different ways for people to end up applying.
Someone has to say it... Obama watches way too much ESPN.
Three years. And it didn't work. Now he's had another six weeks of work. And all he can say is it will pass a "low bar" of being better than a disaster? Man, that's salesmanship... "come buy my product, it's not as sucky as it was back when it started sucking, even though it still sucks."
It'll be working a lot better than it is -- it was last week and will be working better than it was this week, which means that the majority of people who go to the website will see a website that is working the way it's supposed to.
A "mistake" is when a smart person commits an error in analyzing data, or an error in judgment. What happened here is not a "mistake," it's a fundamental failure in adult intelligence. You "underestimated" the complexity of a healthcare industry that is essentially an economy the size of freakin' France! That's not a "mistake"... it's just gross, unadulterated stupidity.
"Low bar," indeed. I think we should call him "President Low Bar."
Some of it's going to be how are we making this application process more user-friendly for folks.
Apparently the buck on federal government procurement stopped somewhere else. But won't someone please follow up and ask him... "Mr. President, if the federal government is so inefficient in just buying software, why should anyone ever trust that the federal government can do anything else?" Obama has essentially made the case against Big Government himself, and he doesn't even notice.
Pathetic. How many times in this press conference did he say how "hard" he works? Dude... you're the fucking President. Stop whining already. Lots of people work hard and they're not this big of pussies about it. And, oh, by the way, when the rest of us work "hard," we are also expected to get results.
And with that and a buck, here's your coffee.
My prediction. This is the President's "jump the shark" moment.