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Sebelius: Website Won’t Meet Nov 30th Deadline

From a very forgiving Associated Press:

Health website to remain a work in progress

By KELLI KENNEDY | November 19, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — The HealthCare.gov website will still be a work in progress beyond the end of the month, Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday, appearing to soften a promise that the site will be working by then for the vast majority of users.

If this were a Republican administration with such a fiasco on their hands, would the Post call this "appearing to soften a promise"? No. They would call it another broken promise. Another missed deadline. — And worse.

"The 30th of November is not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement. We have some very specific things we know we need to complete by the 30th and that punch list is getting knocked out every week," Sebelius told The Associated Press…

The Obama administration has staked its credibility on turning HealthCare.gov around by the end of this month. From the president on down, officials have said the website will be running smoothly for the "vast majority of users" by Nov. 30, but have been vague about what that actually means.

‘Running smoothly’ appears to mean having a 20% failure rate. Unless they have lowered the bar even further.

The definition has morphed in the past few weeks. At an Oct. 30 congressional hearing, Sebelius projected "an optimally functioning website" by the end of November. On Nov. 5, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, testified that the site would be "fully functioning" by that date…

That was almost three weeks ago. Those promises are no longer operational.

When asked why officials pushed ahead with the Oct. 1 launch date despite warnings the site hadn’t been properly tested, Sebelius said they were hoping to give consumers as much time as possible to enroll before coverage begins in January…

And, of course, it never occurred to them that they could push the January start date back.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Sebelius: Website Won’t Meet Nov 30th Deadline”

  1. dasher says:

    The 2014 elections cannot get here quick enough. Americans have such a short attention span, I pray enough attention can be kept on this inept administration that both houses of Congress swing to the right in the next election.

    Waaay to the right if you know what I mean.


    • captstubby says:

      thought that the last time too.

      and it will get worse.

      Hillery/Bush in 2016.
      the dysfunctional Dynasty continues.

  2. Astravogel says:

    I’ll say this for the woman, she has brass. She’d
    make a good saleswoman for cleaners on TV.

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