The Buck Stops… Anywhere but 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
With the rollout of Obamacare a complete disaster, one might expect the Obama Administration to apologize to the public for lying about who can keep their coverage. Or perhaps for the premium increases millions of Americans are seeing. Or for spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on a failed website.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday White House Press Secretary Jay Carney blamed loss of healthcare coverage for millions of Americans on insurance companies complying with the Affordable Care Act.
“Insurers pulled those plans away from them,” Carney said. “The law [Obamacare] could not order insurers not to cancel that plan.”
Millions of health insurance plans are no longer available because they do not meet Obamacare standards and regulations.
A week after the contractors who built HealthCare.gov blamed the Obama administration for the site’s failures, the administration is shifting the blame right back.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will tell a House committee [today] the site’s botched rollout was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations – not bad management at HHS, as the contractors suggested.
The health insurance industry is hardly innocent in the train wreck of Obamacare – it lobbied for the law. But blaming insurance companies and contractors for failures in execution is laughable. The Administration had over three years to get things right. Blaming contractors and insurance companies can’t hide the incompetence of both the Administration and the law itself.