I’m sure you’re completely shocked to learn the President lied on yet another aspect of this debacle. You know, I think the only thing Barack Obama could do now that would be surprising is to tell the truth. Once.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, who has portrayed himself as surprised by technical problems with the government’s new health care website, was briefed last spring on a detailed consultant’s report that warned of system failure, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
Carney said the president’s familiarity with the report and recommendations by McKinsey & Co did not contradict previous statements from the White House that described Obama as surprised by the scope of flaws in HealthCare.gov since it opened for people to enroll for insurance coverage on October 1.
Obama was told the problems identified by McKinsey were being addressed, Carney said.
After reeling from technical problems at its website for more than six weeks, the Obama administration on Tuesday also said that it is still months away from completing the back end of the system, including functions needed to finalize federal subsidies for consumers who buy health plans.
From a journalistic standpoint, here’s my favorite line:
Release of the report by the Republican chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee was part of a broad effort by Republicans to discredit the health care program and to portray the Obama administration as incompetent in implementing the health care law.
No attribution, simply an editorial comment by the reporters that they know why something was done. The best part: This “broad effort” to discredit Obamacare involves merely revealing… the truth; the facts; what happened. Gee, I thought that’s what reporters are supposed to do!
Reuters should be ashamed to call this journalism.