October 23rd, 2013
09:03 AM ET
8 years 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. Silence DoGood

    @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 "

    I beg your pardon. I asked for it. And a majority of others did when we voted the man into office. It is a compromise and many wanted it to go farther. Compromise – America – get over it.

    October 23, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  2. rs

    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.
    Real rich coming from the side of the aisle that tried to wreck the economy, and flushed $24 billion down the sewer, don't you think?
    Our friends on the Right haven't yet figured out that more than 80% of Americans didn't like their little "wreck-the-governemnt" tantrum, and less than 30% of Americans have any respect at all for the GOP. You guys have no credibility anymore!

    October 23, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. A True Conservative

    For those accusing some of us about not having experience with "highly technical tasks", I have worked for 30 years as a nuclear engineer designing, installing and starting up very complicated systems. If I had ever tried to bring a project online that was this messed up – I would never be able to work in the industry again. Also, if some project was this full of issues and I didn't tell people above....up to and including the CEO....I would be fired immediatey. The board of directors would also have their head for not knowing. Does Obama ever know anything? How can he be so intelligent and so out of touch?Either he isn't as intelligent as the left has told us he is, or he is a liar....maybe both.....

    October 23, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. rs

    "This type of blatant incompetnece would never be tolerated in the private sector"
    Ever hear of BP?

    October 23, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. anonymous

    What is with all the complaining in here from the brain dead Obama supporters about this major news story being covered? Do you think the press can totally ignore this and cover up for Obama like they have been doing for 5 years? Do you expect them to shred what little credibility they have left in service to the clown in the White House? I gues you all are longin gfor the good old days of the Soviet Union and total control of the media to keep the masses misinformed. Pretty sad. Maybe you should all move to Cuba for that type of media environment?

    October 23, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    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.
    The correct figure is 5 mllion lines of code, not 500 million. You're talking about source code that would be nearly 10 times larger than Windows. Unit testing would not take the 2 years in the way that you're suggesting. Have you heard of fast track design.and build? You design and build, then test and prove the pieces as they are created. The production could easily take two years, but it would reflect the entire process and not just the testing.

    October 23, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    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.

    Nope, not me. You must have me mixed up with someone else. I've blamed it on incompetence, from top to bottom.

    October 23, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Ken in MO


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

    What about Enron, Worldcom, Arthur Anderson, Lehman Brothers, and the list goes on and on?

    and to A True Conservative
    Not a single person was fired for getting us into a war under false pretences. Not a single person was fired for the Katrina disaster....as a matter of fact, your "conservatives" gave them presidential medal of freedoms"

    Did you get upset about that? I bet you did not.

    October 23, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. rs

    Fair is Fair

    They can't run a website but they tell us that they can manage health care....yea, right. ______________________________
    Hate to break it to you TC- but the Health.gov web site is simply a protal to commercial health care insurance providers. The Government IS NOT providing health care.

    Menwhile on the rest of your screed what did the GOP contribute? I believe the word is "butkus". Is it good to know you front for the party of nothing?

    October 23, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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