Skip to comments.Biden: After healthcare rollout pains, Obama fit 'for sainthood'
Posted on 03/21/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
March 21, 2014, 11:47 am Biden: After healthcare rollout pains, Obama fit 'for sainthood'
By Justin Sink
Vice President Biden told healthcare workers that "patience and empathy" are required to deal with frustrated ObamaCare enrollees and that the president demonstrated saint-like levels of both during the rollout.
Speaking to a conference of community health centers in New York, Biden conceded that enrolling in ObamaCare could be "tedious," and early problems with HealthCare.gov worsened the problem.
"We didn't help you much at the front end here, man," Biden said, adding that he wanted to recommend President Obama "for sainthood" because he maintained his patience through the early technical problems with the website.
"The president and I were as frustrated as anyone you ever knew," Biden said.
But the vice president pressed navigators helping individuals through the enrollment process to reassure those purchasing insurance that "there's no reason to be embarrassed that it's complicated."
"You look these people in the eye. And the first thing you do is, you calm them down," Biden advised.
"How many people you'd spoken to you can tell by the look on their face they're almost embarrassed to ask you the questions?" Biden asked. "Because they don't want to feel stupid. You dispel their fears; you put them at ease; and you walk them through the process."
Biden said it would be foolish to think enrolling "would not be difficult for people who never, ever, ever had insurance."
"Anybody ever thought this was going to be easy never, ever had insurance," Biden said. "Seriously. Assume you're a very wealthy person; you can buy whatever insurance you want. It's a complicated business. It's a complicated business. It doesn't matter whether you have a GED or a Ph.D."
The vice president's comments came amid a last-ditch push by the administration to enroll uninsured Americans before the March 31 open enrollment deadline.
On Thursday, President Obama pitched the law during appearances on "Ellen" and ESPN Radio. The administration also recruited athletes, including Tony Hawk, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and David Ortiz, to promote the law on their Twitter accounts.
The Department of Health and Human Services said earlier this week that more than 5 million individuals had enrolled through federal and state exchanges.
No, liberal. Does not matter if it works or not, as long as government controls and takes your money that is all that is important. They achieved their goals.
I understand why Biden would say that, if obama is a saint, that makes Biden a saint in waiting.
More like a new curse word.
St. Barry of the Links.
And Biden is fit for a rubber room and a jacket where the sleeves tie around.
The more Biden does this, the more Dems he alienates.
Joe can get coverage for his pre-existing mental illness....
Obama is a saint, like Bernie Madoff is a saint.
When Biden finally admits he’s senile, will we even notice?
Hey, Joe - I have some tiny splinters of wood from the St.Jugear’s first teleprompter -it’s embedded in highly-polished lucite and framed in rich mahogany-finish pressboard - only $499.99
Words fail me.
He doesn’t have to “admit”...he’s “being”.
Can’t satire these idiots they are parodies of real people
Gee, after all the plattitudes assigned to Obama by the Dem media, I thought he was already a ‘saint’. Obama is gunning for position “God”. Biden demoted him to ‘saint’.
Looking at the twelve apostles, I found one who represents an excellent parallel to Obama. It wasn’t Saint John, nor was it Saint Peter or Saint James. It wasn’t even Saint Thomas.
If Judas counted as a saint, I would understand Biden’s comment. Otherwise, it’s just like his “fire your shotgun into the air as a warning shot” comment - Joe Biden being his usual mindless self.
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