Folks. I have never seen anything like this. Reuters has a headline tonight “Obama was briefed earlier in year on health website problems.”
Sounds just another story. Right? Read on:
President Barack Obama, who has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with the government’s new health care website, was briefed earlier this year on a consultant’s report that warned of possible widespread site failures, the White House said on Tuesday.
There have been weeks of questions about whether Obama understood the depth of the site’s problems and let it open anyway, or simply “did not have enough awareness” of them, as the president stated at a November 14 news conference.
While the government says it is improving the portal’s performance every day, security experts told a Republican sponsored congressional hearing Tuesday that in their opinions, it is still not sufficiently secure to be used confidently by consumers.
Even as the administration fended off criticism of the so-called “front end” of the system, officials revealed Tuesday that they had not completed development of the “back end,” the financial management component needed to finalize federal subsidies for consumers who buy health plans.
A spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the lead agency for the website, said it would not be completed until mid-January, weeks after the first enrollees are scheduled to begin receiving benefits under the Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010 as Obama’s signature domestic policy.
The law, commonly called Obamacare, mandated that Americans have health insurance and created new online marketplaces to buy and sell policies.
Meanwhile, Obama’s approval rating dipped to a low of 37 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll.
Really Reuters? Dropping to 37% for the first time in your poll three weeks after hitting 40% is just a “meanwhile” deep into a story?