October 23rd, 2013
09:03 AM ET
9 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. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And we can address some of the vulnerabilities, and then we're going to be better off in the longer term."

    Perhaps Jon Huntsman was out of the country these past two weeks or so?

    Psst. Jon. It isn't about technology. It is about permanently defunding and otherwise getting rid of Obamacare. You've jumped into the talking point meme without thinking this through much in the same manner you jumped on the Sarah Palin bandwagon when you were called upon to yell "where is Sarah ... we need Sarah" as her introduction mouthpiece during the 2008 RNC convention held right here in Minnesota.

    October 23, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. rs

    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.
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    Give it a rest Rick. The President has no "loyal opposition" to talk with- just crazies (like yourself).

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

    Mr. Huntsman, as a favor to the taxpayers, can ask the GOP or Mr. Cruz when they will reimburse the 24 BILLION dollars they flushed down the toilet. They think we have forgotten. Thank you.

    October 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Marie MD

    Slow news day much CNN? Who cares what this guy says.

    October 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. rs

    Republicans need to realize just one thing:
    Until such time that they come up with either concrete fixes to the ACA, or a healthcare plan of their own (as if the ACA doesn't already contain much of the GOP's '90s plan, or stuff from their hallowed Heritage Foundation), they really have zero credibility on the topic- Just like they have none now on the economy either.

    October 23, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    I know many of us just read Rick's comments and laugh but I'm beginning to think the poor guy needs serious help.

    Rick honey, the ACA is there to help you if you don't already have insurance.

    October 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  7. rs

    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
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    Exactly! Until the GOP explains how this shutdown accomplished anything of value to Americans, that bill should be stapled to their foreheads!

    October 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    What happened to the "millions and millions" of people who were chomping at the bit and couldn't wait for this crummy legislation? Did they figure out how much it was going to cost them? Baucus was spot-on – TRAIN WRECK.
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    Uh, I would guess that your "millions and millions of people chomping at the bet" are keeping their exisitng health care insurance.

    October 23, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Data Driven

    Well. So I learn that Humana is offering direct plans to consumers outside of the Obamacare matrix. This network is advertising Humana on this page.

    So, uh, yeah, I'll take CNN's Obamacare with a mountain of salt.

    October 23, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Deb in MT

    "This is about technology..."
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    That's what I'm getting from following the problems: that there are hundreds of interfaces involving hundreds–if not 10s of thousands–of different system architectures for all the insurance companies that exist in the states. It sounds horrendous, but I hope it can be fixed. AFAIK, people can still use the website for research, but trying to sign up on it causes problems for many. The telephone number is there, though, for signing up that way. Unfortunately, the subsidies can only be accessed online.

    Oh well, Romneycare had lots of glitches at first, but those eventually got fixed. Patience, people. Patience.

    October 23, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. just saying

    it is now coming out that sibilius knew this web site was not ready to be used but decided to blast ahead anyways. they tested it with a few hundred users and it crashed. total incompetence on her part. and the fact that she kept the white house in the dark about the failure and lied about it to everybody should result in her firing. this type of blatant incompetnece would never be tolerated in the private sector. only in government is it not only tolerated, but rewarded. it is why the government is loaded with incompetent people.

    October 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. Hector Slagg

    Well, Let's be honest about it. Unless you have been on another Planet, you know Obama has been out Campaigning nearly Non-Stop. Talking to anyone has been totally absent. He ran for President. He should be doing the job. You want to give him a pas, OK, but be prepared for the consiquenses. When the going get's tough. Obama get's going, anywhere hard work isn't needed. Well shucks, it's just a bump in the road, no?

    October 23, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. just asking

    obama and his band of incompetents are nothing if not consistent. they jammed this 2500 page disaster down our throats when we never asked for it and now they are jamming their failed web site down our throats when they knew it didn't work. not sure which is worse, the arrogance and distain for the american people or the shocking level of incompetence.

    October 23, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Marie MD
    Slow news day much CNN? Who cares what this guy says.
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    That and the fact that CNN journalists don't investigate their own stories any longer. Apparently they are being spoon fed by Reince Preibus.

    October 23, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Wake up People!

    The freaks come out at night......

    October 23, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Swedge70

    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.
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    Seriously, has anybody ever read one single factual statement from Rick McDaniel? Anyone? Buehler?

    October 23, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Ron -IN

    I REALLY wonder how many of you that are mouthing off about how bad the ACA rollout was has any experience in performing complicated technical tasks. Do not get me wrong, the roll out was terrible, but no one really knows why. With something as massive as this there are MANY things that could have gone wrong. My biggest issue with the whole thing is how contractors who work for our government often go well beyond the original cost estimate and very little gets done. The military is REALLY bad about this and I seldom see many people complaining about it. An example of this is the F22 fighter which costs $412 million dollars a piece and the government has spent $62 BILLION dollars on so far.. And if I am not mistaken they have only been used a few times in battle. Doe this make any sense??

    October 23, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  18. Data Driven

    @just saying,

    "This type of blatant incompetnece would never be tolerated in the private sector"

    Heh. Ha ha. HA HA HA! BWAAHHHH HAAA HAAA

    October 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Tony

    The website is just a portal. It can be fixed, but we don't need to junk the product behind it. To put it into perspective, Microsoft Window, which was introduced in the 1980s, still has bugs and requires frequent updates, but that does not mean that we should not use software supported by Microsoft.

    October 23, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. Ron -IN

    One other thing. ALL of you who say this type of incompetence would not be tolerated in the private sector...YOU HAVEN'T A CLUE!! I have been in a highly technical side of engineering for 20 years. These types of things do happen and SELDOM is a person fired. Usually a study is done to find out why the project failed meeting its target date and if the cause is anything other than GROSS NEGLIGENCE a person does not lose their job.
    For any of you to believe that either the President or the Secretary Sebelius has the time to sit down and spend hours going through how the site is progressing in detail is extremely naïve. Someone may deserve losing their position for doing such a poor job, but it won't be the Secretary.

    October 23, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    GOP, Hospitals, Doctors, Pharmacy companies, insurance thugs lost the game on ACA. IT IS A LAW NOW.

    October 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    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.
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    500 MILLION lines of code. "Routine testing" doesn't even scratch the surface. My husband is a 30-year IT guy and told me that for a NEW system that size, you need at least 2 years for system-wide testing ALONE, and that's after it's been developed and unit tested by the programmers. Eventually it will come out that those at high levels were warned about this quite some time ago and the response was "just get it in on or before 10/1/2013". It's an almost sure guarantee that this beast is going to be delayed.

    October 23, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    What happened to the "millions and millions" of people who were chomping at the bit and couldn't wait for this crummy legislation? Did they figure out how much it was going to cost them? Baucus was spot-on – TRAIN WRECK.
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    Uh, I would guess that your "millions and millions of people chomping at the bet" are keeping their exisitng health care insurance.
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    Uh, NO.... When this fiasco started, you and your ilk were quick to point out that the website woes were due to the "millions and millions" of people who wanted to buy insurance. That was your story then, anyway. Nice try, but you got nothing.

    October 23, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  24. A True Conservative

    They can't run a website but they tell us that they can manage health care....yea, right. In other news, Obama has totaly screwed up middle east relations with the house of Saud backing away as an ally ....but we are trying to make friends with Iran...that should end well. Good news on the employment front, the unemployment rate ticked down again....unfortunately fewer people (as a percentage) are in the work force than ever before....but hey....the people that the Dems continue to give free stuff to will keep pulling the "D" lever every election......

    October 23, 2013 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. Vince

    Whatever. Its the law. Figure out a way to get compliant or pay your fine.

    October 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
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