Should we call this "Obamacare shutdown"? Implementing the Affordable Healthcare Act hasn't gone smoothly since Republicans stalled approval of the nomination of Kathleen Sebelius to her position as director of HHS. She and Obama got off to a slow start, and that was part of the Republican sabotage campaign.
With the clock having already ticked down, Sebelius had to ramp up systems development. It was a monumental job, and because the Affordable Care Act was a rush job, the law is probably full of glitches.
Now, one thing that the Obama administration is responsible for with Sebelius at the helm are the selection of contractors to work on the system. Therein, it appears some significant mistakes were made.
Second, and equally important, selecting Sebelius for the job was probably an executive staffing mistake. She was a governor, and an insurance director, but not an information systems specialist nor a health care professional. Most voters would probably assess that she isn’t qualified for this effort.
Going deeper into the ranks, other HHS staff are not qualified either.
Going back to Congress, a bipartisan approach to solving America’s uninsured problem was most desirable, but cocky leadership in the Democrat controlled House and Senate set the wrong tone, and that became impossible.
At this point, American voters want the government to become functional and for Republicans to stop sniping and join in the fixing. Citizens also want President Obama to shape up and focus on hands-on management.
The only thing transparent about this is that Obama is stonewalling, waiting and hoping to get enrollment numbers up before bipartisan leadership can call a timeout.
“O-Care stonewall: Media stymied
By Patrick Mortiere and Bob Cusack
A slew of media organizations have petitioned the government to release ObamaCare data that the White House has refused to make public. [WATCH VIDEO]
CNN, ABC, MSNBC and others have filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking information on the beleaguered healthcare.gov website. They have also asked for government documents revealing how many people have enrolled in the new healthcare exchanges.
Journalists have repeatedly pressed the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the enrollment data, but the administration says it won't do so until mid-November.”