Wow: When Barry Met Kathy
**Posted by Phineas
The Obamacare rollout has been such a PR disaster for the administration (and a real disaster for real Americans), the administration has been forced to deploy its sure-fire, can’t miss defense — the President didn’t know:
President Barack Obama didn’t know of problems with the Affordable Care Act’s website — despite insurance companies’ complaints and the site’s crashing during a test run — until after its now well-documented abysmal launch, the nation’s health chief told CNN on Tuesday.
In an exclusive interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked when the President first learned about the considerable issues with the Obamacare website. Sebelius responded that it was in “the first couple of days” after the site went live October 1.
“But not before that?” Gupta followed up.
To which Sebelius replied, “No, sir.
And it would have worked, too, except for that darned Inspector General:
But the inspector general for HHS issued a report (PDF) at the beginning of August noting that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services missed multiple deadlines for testing and reporting data security risks in connection with signing up on the healthcare exchanges as they barreled toward the launch date.
“Several critical tasks remain to be completed in a short period of time, such as the final independent testing of the Hub’s security controls, remediating security vulnerabilities identified during testing, and obtaining the security authorization decision for the Hub before opening the exchanges,” said the report from Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services Gloria L. Jarmon to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and Chief Information Officer Tony Trenkle.
This Aug. 2 report was hardly a secret confined to HHS. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) used the report to call on the administration to not force people onto healthcare exchanges when the government was missing testing deadlines and benchmarks on the security of personal and financial data.
But now the administration, through its meat-puppet Kathleen Sebelius, would have us believe that President Obama didn’t know about the problems with healthcare.gov. Just like he didn’t know about the security weaknesses at Benghazi, or the harassment of Americans exercising their First Amendment rights by the IRS, or the rifling through the phone records of the AP, or the surveillance of FOX reporter James Rosen. He just heard about it on the news. Like Eric Holder in the Fast and Furious scandal, Obama’s excuse is that he isn’t culpable because he was ignorant.
It’s the “Being There” presidency, and Obama is “Chauncey Gardiner!”
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)