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‘I didn’t know’

Posted: November 12, 2013 8:59 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

The rollout of the Affordable Care Act, more popularly known as Obamacare, has become the most outrageous exercise in “I didn’t know, don’t blame me” that could be imagined. Meanwhile, the online registration system continues to fail, and now it’s revealed that people trying to sign up for Medicaid are experiencing some of the same enrollment problems as those attempting to register for private insurance. Were it not so pathetic, the entire matter would be laughable, even as representatives of the administration continue to portray it as little more than minor glitches.

Now, the chief digital architect for the health care marketplace website, Henry Chao, says he wasn’t aware that there were security glitches in the system. In an interview with a government panel last week, Chao said he hadn’t been shown a memo indicating the danger of security risks, calling it “a failure to communicate,” which he termed “disturbing.” That leads us to the obvious question: “If the guy who was in charge of the website wasn’t told about security problems, why not?”

President Obama has become known for denying knowledge of anything unpleasant that happens in government. His excuse -- over and over now -- is that he didn’t know. He did not comment on Chao’s testimony. Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services, said people need not worry because the government is taking care of things. That’s scary, and the lack of accountability is startling and inappropriate.


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