Obama warned about problems with Obamacare launch back in May 2010, but he didn't move to fix it

A Democratic president must know that his competency is in question when even Jimmy Carter is questioning it.  When asked "how he would evaluate the Obama presidency so far," Carter apparently told Parade magazine this week: “He’s done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.”

Meanwhile it has come out that the Obama administration went forward with the launch of Obamacare even though they knew it was in trouble.  Well, apparently, the Obama administration knew from the time the law was based that there would be these problems and despite a three year lead they didn't fix these problems.  The irony is that Obama administration officials kept asking for private sector oversight to make sure that things worked, but Obama said "no."  From the Washington Post:
In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama’s top economic aides were getting worried. Larry Summers, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, and Peter Orzag, head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was “up to the task” of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality. 
Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war played out inside the White House, according to five people familiar with the episode. On one side, members of the economic team and Obama health-care adviser Zeke Emanuel lobbied for the president to appoint an outside health reform “czar” with expertise in business, insurance and technology. On the other, the president’s top health aides — who had shepherded the legislation through its tortuous path on Capitol Hill and knew its every detail — argued that they could handle the job. 
In the end, the economic team never had a chance: The president had already made up his mind, according to a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to be candid. . . . .



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