October 21st, 2013
12:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama: No 'sugar-coating' problems with health website

Washington (CNN) - An unscripted moment Monday summed up President Barack Obama's effort to downplay problems plaguing the government website used to sign up for required health insurance under his signature health care reforms.

As Obama argued that the law was good and the website's problems would be fixed, one of the people chosen to stand behind him in the White House Rose Garden started to teeter.

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  1. Tampa Tim

    In FL, the repubs are celebrating that not many of our 4.5 million uninsured signed up so far. Their efforts to destroy the ACA have temporarily paid off. But that will change next year when Rick Scott becomes unemployed. Giving a blank check to the insurance industry to drive up our premiums was not a good republican idea.

    October 21, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I've always thought the six-month sign up period was way too short a time frame for the millions of people who would be using it. It should have been 18 months. This web site should have been up last year this time. I don't know what on earth they were thinking about. The problems are inexcusable. The contractor they hired has a rocky past, too.

    October 21, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Thomas

    And Immigration !

    October 21, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    This web site should have been up last year this time. I don't know what on earth they were thinking about.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Maybe they bought into the "librul" media's lie that mr. 47% was going to win and dismantle the whole thing so they only half-heartedly made an effort to bring ACA forward.

    October 21, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Obama administration officials also highlighted over the weekend the fact that nearly 500,000 people have filled out applications for Obamacare, though the number who purchased coverage remains unknown"

    No they didn't. They filled out applications for private health insurance from a private health insurance company. There is no such thing as an insurance product called "Obamacare."

    October 21, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. Gunderson

    Ugh,
    Another Shovel Ready Project? You kidding Rudy? Hey push a button all work, no? I suspect after Pandora's Box is empty and Murphy's Law takes over it will be back to paper. Some things you just have to do real work. Damn!

    October 21, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Dallas

    I had no problem at all getting into it this morning. I had tried last week and encountered problems but this morning it was running just as smooth as can be!

    October 21, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. freedom

    Empty suit, empty promises, empty words.....destructive.

    October 21, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  9. Pam from Iowa

    ""It's been a fiasco," GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger on "State of the Union," while Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told CBS that "God only knows how much money they've spent, and it's a failure.""
    McCain must be still talking about the shutdown that his party masterminded!! Yeah it was a complete failure!!!

    October 21, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    The most common response from Republicans when asked what would they replace Obamacare with is "allow people to cross state lines" to purchase insurance. They claim that the market forces would drive the prices down. Yeah but, isn't that exact what the healthcare-dot-gov web site does?

    The ACA allows people to purchase insurance from out of state providers. So, what is the big problem with the ACA for Republicans if the law actually does what they claim is what's best? It's the mandates. Not the individual mandates, because the mandates create millions of new customers for the private industry. Nope, it is the mandates on the health insurers that are the actual problem, particulary the 80/20 mandate.

    October 21, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    He knew he couldn't just totally lie to people, this time, and be believed.

    So he just cherry picked his examples of people, in the minority, who may have benefited from his plan..........and lies about all the majority........who have been financially injured by his plan.

    October 21, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    How DARE the President make health insurance affordable to every citizen! The NERVE!

    October 21, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  13. Rusty Krus

    @Rick McDaniel
    He knew he couldn't just totally lie to people, this time, and be believed.
    So he just cherry picked his examples of people, in the minority, who may have benefited from his plan..........and lies about all the majority........who have been financially injured by his plan.

    Shut your yap and go back to shoveling dung at the circus!

    October 21, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    @Sniffit,

    "No they didn't. They filled out applications for private health insurance from a private health insurance company. There is no such thing as an insurance product called "Obamacare."

    Thanks, man. CNN, along with conservatives, don't actually know what the Marketplaces are, apparently.

    It would also help if people realized Obamacare has actually been in effect for three years.

    October 21, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  15. Thomas

    @freedom
    Empty suit, empty promises, empty words.....destructive.

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    I disagree 100% Ted Cruz has purpose !

    October 21, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    He knew he couldn't just totally lie to people, this time, and be believed.

    So he just cherry picked his examples of people, in the minority, who may have benefited from his plan..........and lies about all the majority........who have been financially injured by his plan.
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    I guess that you missed the expose about one of Hannity's recent broadcasts. He had a panel of about a dozen or people voicing their complaints about the new web site, hgih costs, pre-existing conditions, along with all of the rest of the right wing complaints about the ACA.

    One curious reporter from a DC media outlet decided that he would contact these people himself, to hear more details about their trials and failures. It turns out that not one of them had actually visited the web site. Furthermore, after sitting down and comparing some details, all of them would save significant sums of money by purchasing insurance through the web site.

    October 21, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. dawn

    I watched what the president had to say. And yes, one of the comments here, is that he did cherry pick a few that was able to get insurance with relatively no problem. And, yes, you can apply over the phone with relative ease, however, what he failed to say, that the reps that are taking applications over the phone, cannot create an account for you in order to choose a plan. That's a major setback that he just didn't address.

    October 21, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    He knew he couldn't just totally lie to people, this time, and be believed.

    So he just cherry picked his examples of people, in the minority, who may have benefited from his plan..........and lies about all the majority........who have been financially injured by his plan.

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    Your absolute right Rick , more people have suffered and have been injured by the glitch in Obama's Affordable Heath Care Act then the Iraq war ?

    When will the Insanity stop ?

    October 21, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "Thanks, man. CNN, along with conservatives, don't actually know what the Marketplaces are, apparently."

    They know. They know very well. Like the GOP/Teatroll leadership, they are actively involved in misinforming the public about it, perpetuating fundamental misunderstandings of the ACA, it's structure, how it works, etc. They adopt GOP/Teatroll language and mischaracterizations specifically to further the nontroversies and the public disinformation upon which it all relies.

    I just saw reports about how much CNN, Faux, MSNBC and the rest actually benefitted from large viewership increases during the shutdown: does anyone really think there's any incentive whatsoever for the MSM to kill GOP/Teatroll misinformation campaigns with facts, experts, evidence, historical record, numbers, etc.? The MSM And GOP/Teatrolls have developed a 100% symbiotic relationship over the past 5 years. The GOP/Teatrolls essentially feed them the controversies and the MSM, in order to further the controversies, essentially give the GOP/Teatrolls a free soapbox from which to blast their nonsense without fear of critical analysis or reprisals for lying.

    October 21, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Oddly, a woman who was there who just signed up actually fainted during the speech. Little to much excitement for her on a Monday, I guess.

    October 21, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    Surely CNN doesn't expect Americans will be giving all their attention for the next three years to OBAMACARE? As it is, we've already spent far too much time listening to Republicans whine.

    Good grief. GOPerville has already cost us 26 billion dollars in a sixteen day government shutdown trying to defund Obamacare.

    And 43 (don't quote me, I've lost track) defund Obamacare Republican led House of Representative legislative votes going no where fast.

    Surely we will start hearing GOPers Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! mantra soon? It's been a while, I know, but ....

    October 21, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "I guess that you missed the expose about one of Hannity's recent broadcasts. He had a panel of about a dozen or people voicing their complaints about the new web site, hgih costs, pre-existing conditions, along with all of the rest of the right wing complaints about the ACA.

    One curious reporter from a DC media outlet decided that he would contact these people himself, to hear more details about their trials and failures. It turns out that not one of them had actually visited the web site. Furthermore, after sitting down and comparing some details, all of them would save significant sums of money by purchasing insurance through the web site."

    Yep, and reports are coming out about how Faux actually hires people to create hundreds of sockpuppet accounts EACH for commenting on Faux's website and around the web in order to spew talking points and counterattack any criticism of Faux, their reporting or the propaganda narrative s they are trying to sell. They even went so far as to give them old computers and do other things attempting to make it harder to trace that they were doing it. They're nothing but sociopaths.

    October 21, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    The most common response from Republicans when asked what would they replace Obamacare with is "allow people to cross state lines" to purchase insurance. They claim that the market forces would drive the prices down. Yeah but, isn't that exact what the healthcare-dot-gov web site does?

    The ACA allows people to purchase insurance from out of state providers. So, what is the big problem with the ACA for Republicans if the law actually does what they claim is what's best?
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    Not exactly. First of all, the gov website doesn't do much but to route you to state run exchanges (and poorly at that) – if they exist. Those exchanges offer plans that are available in that state. The (so-called) ACA did NOTHING to allow the purchase of insurance across state lines. Nothing. And while the TRUE allowance of cross-state purchasing power would have indeed been a market-based cost reducer due to increased competition, it was BUT ONE of many market-based proposals. When providers have to spend 40% of their annual income to pay for malpractice insurance, you would think that any "reform" would have included tort reform, yet for "some" reason the ACA does not have a single noun verb, or adjective in it to address that. Wonder why....

    October 21, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. Geordie

    Everything has been a failure in Obama's Presidency.
    Unbelievable , that Americans would enter their personal and private info on an insecure website.

    October 21, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  25. truth hurts but reality bites

    I work in the IT field and this type of rollout in the private sector would NEVER have happened. If it ever did, there would be massive firings. Systems would have been completed and tested, tested, tested and not gone live until they were certain it worked. Also, production systems do NOT go down for long periods of time every week for maintenance! Do these fools not have test systems where they can shake this stuff out?

    Three years to develop and over a quarter billion dollars spent and THIS is what the tax payers got for their money? Only the Obama administration is capable of such collosal failure and then tries to bury it or easily dismiss it, as they have EVERY single failure over the last 5 years.

    When are the American people going to wake up and realize Obama and his liberal band of thieves has NO CLUE about what they are doing no matter what the topic?!

    And here is the REAL BAD news... this was the easy part of the Obamacare fiasco. Just wait until the American people get a taste of all of the rest of the disasters in store for them. Did anybody really expect that the Democrats/liberals/progressives/socialists/communists could rework one sixth of our economy and do it successfully. Oh well, this is what the stupid American voters voted for. Not to worry though, it is just the system that is there to keep you and your family alive. Nothing important. Don't worry, be happy.

    October 21, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
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