Former presidential candidate and Atlanta WSB radio show host Herman Cain spoke with FOX News' Bill Hemmer today about the differences between private sector and government business practices, in relation to the Healthcare.gov website and a recent statement from the Health Department.
"While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness," said the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) about the fix for the troubled Healthcare.gov website where Americans should be able to sign up for the now legally required health care insurance coverage. (Read the full statement here)
The website has been riddled with problems since its launch in October. The White House assured the site would be fully functional by December 1, which did not happen.
Cain is an accomplished businessman who made millions in the private sector.
When Hemmer, who spoke with the conservative pundit on his "America's Newsroom" program this morning, asked for a comment from Cain about the HHS statement, the Atlanta businessmen strongly disagreed with the private sector comparison, adding that any private company would have had all its corners covered long before the launch of the website.
"Private sector velocity would have had this thing working well since it had a three-year lead time to make it work," said Cain. "And secondly, when the administration came back and said they were gonna have it working by December 1, and now they say it's working better, that's not private sector velocity Bill, not at all.”
When Hemmer pointed out that after 60 days of Healthcare.gov not working properly, not one person has been fired, Cain saw it as a "lack of accountability" within the administration.
The Atlanta businessman described it as business as usual in government, where if someone does not fulfill his or her obligations, "they put them on an extended vacation and then slide them back in."
He also criticized the choice of a vendor put in charge of the website set up, and the link between the company and the first lady.
"If they had been in the private sector, number one they would not have chosen a primary vendor to build this system that had a track record of failure, that was the first mistake," said Cain. "And you know there was also some cronyism because an executive with this company happened to be a classmate of Michelle Obama… But the main thing is that in the private sector people would have been held accountable, if they didn't produce, they would be gone."
Cain concluded that the recent push by the administration to talk up the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) will not work because "people are not as stupid as the administration thinks they are."
He underlined that the cancellation notices that people have been receiving from their insurers or increases in premium due to Obamacare are no longer just warnings from President Barack Obama's political opponents but they are "real" and "very personal."
Click here to view video of the interview.