by William Teach | January 9, 2014 6:50 am
I’d like to say this is a 100% idiotic attempt to deflect blame, but there are enough business haters out there for it to partly work
(Politico) Democrats taking heat back home for Obamacare’s rocky online rollout say don’t blame them – blame Big Business.
Facing an onslaught of constituent frustration over problems with online exchanges, several Democrats have started pointing fingers at the companies and senior executives in their home states that have contracts to get the health care websites up and running.
Democrats have made a version of the argument in Washington in recent months, defending the health care law not only from Republican attacks that it’s a failure – but from the line that government itself can’t do big things.
Now that rhetoric – blame the contractors – is hitting local events.
One of the instances mentioned is Sen. Jeff Merkley blaming Oracle for the Cover Oregon debacle, and even went as far as singling out Oracles president Safra Catz (hey, that sounds a bit like a war on women /sic).
In North Carolina, Hagan, who faces one of the Senate’s toughest reelection races, has asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate the HealthCare.gov rollout, with several pointed questions for the contractors’ roles.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said Wednesday that she is considering suing CGI over its work on the state’s exchange. Gov. Deval Patrick wouldn’t say whether he wants to sue but made it clear that he’s upset with the company.
There’s no doubt many of the contractors did a piss poor job, especially CGI. Let’s not forget, though, that many were picked in no-bid contracts, including CGI, and CGI already had a history of poor results, and that’s being charitable.
However, who was responsible for making sure the work was done? There’s a saying in business “inspect what you expect”. This doesn’t mean micromanage, it means check in now and then to make sure the work is proceeding. If you assign a task to your underling and never bother to make sure it’s being done, and done correctly, and it’s a mess, who gets blamed? You do. Your boss will hold you responsible. In the same way, it is still the fault of the government, particularly HHS, HHS head Kathleen Sebelius, and President Obama. And every Democrat who supports this law, especially those who voted for the mess.
PS: On that note, I could care less about the Chris Christie “lane closure” issue. Until Team Obama is held responsible for all their messes, such as IRS targeting, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Obamacare, and so much more, I don’t care. I do predict, and it is an easy prediction, that the media will go all Abu Ghraid on Christie, breathless reports daily, unlike with Obama, or had Christie been a Democrat.
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