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Juan Williams: You know, itís the GOPís fault that Healthcare.gov flopped
Hotair ^ | 10/23/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 10/23/2013 7:19:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Juan Williams has a clear grip on responsibility for the failure of a program that got passed in Congress with no Republican votes, and implemented with no Republican management in a Democratic administration. Williams claims that the White House would have delayed the rollout of ObamaCare’s exchanges except for the opposition of the GOP to the program as a whole. As a result, Williams argues, Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius had no choice but to lie about the exchanges and let it unfold.

Come on — you knew the media would eventually get around to this argument. You just didn’t expect to hear it first on Fox (via Twitchy):

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO

Stephen Hayes was amazed … and not in a good way:

The look on Steven Hayes face while Juan Williams tried to explain why Sebelius is not to blame was priceless #tcot

— Eric Powers (@PowersMisterE) October 22, 2013

Follow the link back to Twitchy to catch the screencap.

My Townhall colleague Dan Doherty scoffs:

The idea that Obama refused to enact a sweeping delay of his signature legislative achievement because of Republicans is an obvious red herring. The reason The One won’t delay Obamacare is quite simple: He feels he’s “won” this battle — in other words, he defeated Governor Mitt Romney in 2012 and the ACA was ruled constitutional by the High Court. Case closed. Therefore, any attempt by Republicans to amend or delay or defund his Big Government achievement is a non-starter. He’s made that quite clear.

By the way, the Obama administration knew full well that the website did not and would not work. They tested it and (surprise!) there were all sorts of problems with it.

And actually, the issue came up even earlier than that, as Jeff Dunetz reminds us today. In early August, the Inspector General warned that the system testing had been insufficient, and that the “margin for error” had disappeared:

The federal government is months behind in testing data security for the main pillar of Obamacare: allowing Americans to buy health insurance on state exchanges due to open by October 1

The missed deadlines have pushed the government’s decision on whether information technology security is up to snuff to exactly one day before that crucial date, the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general said in a report.

As a result, experts say, the exchanges might open with security flaws or, possibly but less likely, be delayed.

“They’ve removed their margin for error,” said Deven McGraw, director of the health privacy project at the non-profit Center for Democracy & Technology. “There is huge pressure to get (the exchanges) up and running on time, but if there is a security incident they are done. It would be a complete disaster from a PR viewpoint.”

We’re still not sure whether those bugs still exist. The performance of the website hasn’t provided any basis for confidence in the competence in any other area.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blamegame; gop; healthcaredotgov; juanwilliams; obamacare; obamacareexcuses
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1 posted on 10/23/2013 7:19:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Comical. The left is becoming a parody of itself over this debacle.

Juan, do you realize how ridiculous you sound?


2 posted on 10/23/2013 7:20:23 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

They wouldn’t delay it for political reasons...

Height of arrogance...shut it down.


3 posted on 10/23/2013 7:20:39 AM PDT by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When your dumbass ideas fail, blame the GOP. That’s one heck of a way to run a country, Juan.


4 posted on 10/23/2013 7:20:56 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hold on to your burrito! Here comes amnesty!)
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To: SeekAndFind

juan is just one of many examples of why I no longer watch faux news.


5 posted on 10/23/2013 7:21:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: MrB

The left may be a parody, but they don’t see it as such.

Unfortunately, too many low information types won’t see it either. And these people vote.


6 posted on 10/23/2013 7:21:31 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: LibLieSlayer

RE: juan is just one of many examples of why I no longer watch faux news.

Juan has to be there... how do you expect to be “fair and balanced”? /s


7 posted on 10/23/2013 7:22:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Why even post his lies?


8 posted on 10/23/2013 7:22:58 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

“Pin the fail on the honky.” ~anonymous


9 posted on 10/23/2013 7:23:48 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: MrB

The left IS a parody, but the voters are so misinformed, they Democrats get away with it. Until we figure out how to get information through to voters, our country is in a downward spiral.


10 posted on 10/23/2013 7:23:49 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: SeekAndFind

It is a pity Fox rescued this affirmative action bleater when even NPR had become disgusted with him. His only redeeming value is being black, and even that isn’t even worth deigning to listen to any more. Sorry Juan, but Fox would do better with a Messican to replace you. Sorry POS.


11 posted on 10/23/2013 7:23:50 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SeekAndFind

Others on the set need only laugh at him and say: “Juan, Your desperation is showing.”


12 posted on 10/23/2013 7:25:03 AM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: lonestar

LOL! That’s good!


13 posted on 10/23/2013 7:25:29 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hold on to your burrito! Here comes amnesty!)
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14 posted on 10/23/2013 7:26:07 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Having Juan spout his idiotic rhetoric is not “fair and balanced” it’s closer to “fair and unbalanced”


15 posted on 10/23/2013 7:26:52 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Evil WILL flourish when good men WILL not act)
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To: ilgipper

Leftist sheeperals have two primary motivators - to feel righteous, and to feel “SMRT”.

This is why they’ll eat up all the excuses offered, because to deny those excuses would be to disavow their own righteousness and “smartness”.

Star Trek (TNG) inadvertantly showed these people in one episode where the aliens kept declaring how smart they were...


16 posted on 10/23/2013 7:27:27 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

I guess it would have been completely impossible to blame it on Bush.


17 posted on 10/23/2013 7:27:56 AM PDT by RC one
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The thing is, the sheeple will buy it.


18 posted on 10/23/2013 7:28:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

19 posted on 10/23/2013 7:28:18 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: MrB

Juan at one point was almost reasonable, but as of late he has come unhinged. I REALLY believe he is getting his marching orders straight from the Spite House. He is being literally mocked on the panel of Special Report by Kraut, Brier and others for his ridiculous takes in everything Obama. The guy may well being in the midst of mental breakdown.


20 posted on 10/23/2013 7:28:38 AM PDT by DAC21
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