October 23rd, 2013
09:03 AM ET
10 months ago

Huntsman: WH was 'impervious' in Obamacare rollout

(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said Wednesday the Obama administration should have taken more time to roll out the Affordable Care Act, and argued the issue is about more than just Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who some want to resign.

"This is about technology. It's about the health care marketplace," the 2012 Republican presidential candidate said on CNN's "New Day." "It's about a White House that, I think, was impervious to good, common-sense reasoning at the beginning when there were a lot of voices that said 'Give it time, make sure we roll it out piece-by-piece and identify the soft spots.' And we can address some of the vulnerabilities, and then we're going to be better off in the longer term."


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  1. Tampa Tim

    So much for the "no labels" man. Like most republicans, Huntsman was impervious to a need for affordable health care, did nothing to promote it, and stood on the sidelines until he thought he and Bayh could cash in on it.

    October 23, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. Kinard

    Good lord, I'm sick of all these arm chair quarterbacks, and I'm sick of the news media, highlighting their every utterance. Get this straight, it's new. It's bound to have glitches that need to be overcome and there's going to be a learning curve, but it's better than the republican alternative. That alternative is nothing at all. So get over it, and get over yourselves. It's beginning to resemble a group of crying whining brats. You're damned lucky to have the option. If the republicans had their way, you'd pay and pay through the nose, just to be able to breathe.

    October 23, 2013 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. TONE

    I am a Dem and would love to welcome this guy, and his family to the Democratic party, and i must add what a brilliant,and beautiful daughter he has.

    October 23, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    I saw that interview w/ Kate Baldwin. To be perfectly honest, Huntsman is one the very few (if any) republicans that make any sense. He's not so much a partisan type of guy, he mostly talked about problem solving, not rhetoric, and even he admits that most of the republicans in congress isn't real "problem solving" people. All they want to do is point fingers & complain.

    October 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Back at it again CNN. Is the rollout the only story in politics? Where's a story on JP Morgan Chase getting hit with another multi-million dollar law suit?

    October 23, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    See Huntsman knows the only way to advance these days in the GOP is to bash the POTUS. Now it's his turn. I always laugh at those on the outside looking in but thinking they know everything.

    What's wrong Jon, upset your Mormon brother Willard lost? Get over it.

    October 23, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    What happens when the GOP spends 26 Billion dollars in an attempt to shutdown the United States government by trying to defund Obamacare which was nonetheless NOT defunded and up and running?

    Have the media "freely" pick up your whine ball and bat the temper tantrum your way.

    Anti-Obamacare talking points have been hashed over, rehashed, re-rehased, and re-re-rehased (ad nauseum) for nearly 5 years now.

    October 23, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  8. Data Driven

    More time? Sheesh, the law has been around for 3 years.

    A more hands-on management of the website build was the mistake.

    And, frankly, how big are these potatoes? How come CNN isn't grilling "tea party" rebels about how much money they just cost the country? Why are they getting away with it unscathed by the media (if not by public opinion)?

    How many times are we going to report this story today? Yesterday, it was over 10 times.

    October 23, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Obama listens to NO ONE!

    He is indeed a tyrannical man bent on total dictatorship in America. The problem is one of intent........and his intent is to establish a tyrannical regime, where he has total control, of the entire government, with all others forced to do his personal bidding, without question.

    October 23, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. the hippies were right

    This man never had a chance as a leader of the republican party. Logic and reason have no place in the conservative movement. This is the first half-way sane statement regarding the "roll-out" from the right that I've read.

    October 23, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. KevinInAtlanta

    This man isn't a Republican. He is too sane and makes too much sense. Had his name been on a ballot somewhere, I would have voted for him during the last presidential election.

    October 23, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. sonny chapman

    This is MUCH worse than George W. not being told that Bin Laden had advanced plans to attack INSIDE America. Or that Cheney's Exit Strategy for the Iraq Invasion & Occupation was: WE STAY(Oil & Military Bases(Brown & Root $)).

    October 23, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Babyboomer

    What former Gov. Huntsman says might have worked if it wasn't for the fact that the GOP wasn't talking about rolling is out properly. What they were, are and have always been trying to do was kill the ACA altogether. Had the President agreed to roll it out in phases, they would have used that as a way to stop the deployment completely. The fact that the website has some issues isn't new. Having worked in the tech industry for years now, I have NEVER seen an implementation of new technology go off without a hitch. NEVER.... It's like the President said. "ACA isn't a website. It's the product being offered and it's a good product." These glitches will be fixed by adding bandwith, additional data storage capacity and possibly some more hardware and system software. None of which is difficult to do. Relax folks, these issues will be resolved quickly...

    October 23, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    "It's about a White House that, I think, was impervious to good, common-sense reasoning at the beginning when there were a lot of voices that said 'Give it time, make sure we roll it out piece-by-piece and identify the soft spots.' And we can address some of the vulnerabilities, and then we're going to be better off in the longer term."
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    While what Amb. Huntsman contains some truth, the reality is that the worst of the problems should have been caught with routine testing. Either tests were never run, or the tests failed and the results ignored.

    October 23, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Warren

    Now there’s a shocker, a Republican criticizing the President of the United States

    October 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  16. Pandamonius

    Too funny. The GOP blocks, delays, and obstructs Obamacare from rolling out, and then when it finally does, they jump in and say it should have started sooner and taken more time.

    They sure seemed to jump pretty quick from yelling about how Obamacare needed to be killed, to chastising the administration about how the technical problems are delaying it.

    October 23, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. S. B. Stein

    That would have been nice to roll out bits and pieces at a time like a business, but the law was to get it opened on 10/1 and not later. If there can be a behind the scenes rebuild of the site that gets tested and is able to import the information of those that have previously registered, that would be great. I believe that the open enrollement should be longer and have no penalties until the next year.

    October 23, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Gary

    Another day, another ex Govenor, ex GOP Presidential candidate talking smack. No answers, no ideas, just more smack.

    October 23, 2013 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. wendel

    who do the republicans want to resign for the shut down mess they caused???? Oh that's different. 24 billion and still assessing the mess

    October 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  20. Thomas

    "This is about technology

    Former Utah Gov. And ambassador to China Jon Huntsman is a smart guy , a smart politician with an open mind and experience .

    Unfortunately ,
    the Republican party prefers smart guys that are stupid , who have little experience " Ted Cruz , Rand Paul"

    October 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. CA Independent

    The patter of "ignore and blame" simply wont work for Democrats this time. The incredible complexity of the ACA rules, makes this a daunting task, to say the least. Democrat responses try to explain this by saying that there will always be glitches, etc.. The problem? These are not just glitches. It's an incomplete product that was poorly designed. The fix massive breakdown of the system has been estimated from 6 months to a year. So now that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, has come out saying "It's not fair to punish people for not buying something that's not available,", I cant help wonder if she will be demonized and viciously attacked by the radical liberals that love to post here. Hopefully common sense will prevail, but the history of Democrats, and their refusal to be accountable makes that all but impossible.

    October 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. rs

    Pretty humorous given that the GOP seems utterly "impervious" to the needs of the poor in America. Really? This from a party that sapped $40 billion from food aid to the poor. It would be ironic (if not tragic), that Republicn Governors in some of the poorest states in America refused to enact Medicaid expansion (fully paid for by the federal government as part of the ACA) to ensure no aid would reach their poorest and working poor- probably that is why the GOP sought to sink the whole law- to hide their craven and heartless actions.

    October 23, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  23. Evergreen

    A republican never misses an opportunity to jump on the President. Fortunantely for the President, the GOP have become The Little Boy Who Cried Wolf. After a while folks just stop listening. Maybe Cruz can read this story out loud during his next faux-filibuster.

    October 23, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Data Driven

    HMMMM, I see a banner ad for Humana over at the right of the page.

    I wonder if that has something to do with the almost insane amount of coverage on healthcare dot gov.

    Hmmm? Whatcha say, CNN?

    October 23, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. ST

    Where has Huntsman been? He is talking there have been voices saying give it time, do it piece by piece! As far as I know, there have been the voices & actions of "REPEAL IT" all way through. Not less than 40 times.

    October 23, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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