Three years and 11 vacations ago, the white house and President Obama were warned that they were losing control of Obamacare and did not have the right personel in place to handle the October 2013 rollout.
In another staggering blow to the Obama administration and Obamacare, CBS News obtained a memo that reveals that David Cutler, who worked on the Obama 2008 campaign and was a valued outside health care consultant wrote this blunt memo to top White House economic adviser Larry Summers in May 2010: “I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president’s vision or have the capability to carry it out.”
Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups. He also worried basic regulations, technology and policy coordination would fail.
“You need to have people who have understanding of the political process, people who understand how to work within an administration and people who understand how to start and build a business, and unfortunately, they just didn’t get all of those people together,” Cutler said.
It had become obvious in early September that there were huge problems with the Afordable Care act when Obama began fielding questions about Obamacare rollout and seemed to have no answers for reporters.
Cutler said: “It is frustrating any time you really want to see something succeed because you believe it’s good for people, and it doesn’t get off on the right foot.”
One month after its launch, the federal health care website remains hobbled. Dan Pfeiffer, senior White House adviser, said Sunday: “The website failures are absolutely inexcusable, and we own that.”