It’s Time For The White House To Come Clean About What’s Going On With The Obamacare Website – Yahoo Finance
By Josh Barro
I just got off a sort of maddening press briefing call with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which was responsible for developing the troubled Obamacare website.
The call was supposed to be an ” update on Marketplace operations.” And they did tell us that 700,000 Americans have now applied for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. But mostly, CMS spokeswoman Julie Battaille dodged questions and declined to disclose new information.
… The administration is still behaving like it is trying to get Obamacare enacted, and therefore its top public relations task is to bury negative stories about the law and emphasize the upside, like heavy consumer interest. But this is a mistake. Obamacare is already the law, and its long term political success is going to be determined by its substantive policy success — including whether consumers are able to sign up and get the health coverage they want.
There’s no reason not to level with the public right now, unless the truth is so horrible and the website is so un-fixable that Obama administration officials can’t bring themselves to discuss the matter publicly. I suspect that’s not the case. But I’d feel better if they stopped trying to sell the line that the issue here is basically a great product whose website is getting overwhelmed by intense interest, and started speaking frankly about what’s wrong and how they’re fixing it.