Mark Halperin of Time Magazine said:
“The rollout is unacceptable. The secrecy is unacceptable. It begins with not saying how many people have enrolled. I don’t understand why they can’t release that figure on a rolling basis.”
“But in addition, you search in vain for answers to lots of questions. … Reporters have asked them every day for basic information. When governments are in crisis, they withhold information, and sometimes they don’t tell the truth.”
The entire panel agreed that Obama's feeble attempts to explain away the problem as a website developer issue as an excuse is unacceptable. Scarborough said:
I’m not being ideological. These people want to run our health care system, and they want to be the grand organizers of what’s most important to most Americans over the age of 35 or 40. And yet they’re not telling us what’s going wrong with our system that they want to run?”
Journalist Mike Barnicle was even more direct:
“They’re lying about it now. They’re not depriving us of information, they are outright lying … about the numbers of who have enrolled, the numbers who have made the process complete, the numbers of people who have actually signed up, a couple others things. The larger point is they keep using the word, ‘unacceptable.’ This is not unacceptable, this is outrageous.”
The Huffington Post's Sam Stein agreed the rollout was terrible and said someone would answer for it. Like they did in Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS?
“Up until recently, they didn’t realize how bad this was going to go out. No one beta-tested the site, which is almost criminal, when you think about it. The president was caught off-guard, which is really unfortunate and also really kind of messed up.”
“So you need someone who brings accountability to the process; I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people lost their jobs. But this starts with basically explaining to Congress and to the American public what went wrong. I think that’s a very low bar for the administration to hit.”
Stein's assertions need some explanation. What does he mean the president was caught offguard. Experts have been warning him for months that it wouldn't be ready in time.
And there is no excuse for him not to know that the company he gave a no bid contract to had been fired by the Canadian government for being incapable of creating a data base for less than 35 million Canadians, less than the population of California. And they went 3 years over the contracted time.