Report: Obama Knew Healthcare.gov Was Broken, But Politics Dictated That He Forge Ahead With Rollout
December 20, 2013 by Ben Bullard
For some reason, itâ€™s buried pretty far down in the story, but a revelation reported Friday by CBS News demonstrates that President Barack Obama has been putting politics ahead of policy for a long, long time when it comes to the launch of his pet health care website.
According to CBS, Teresa Fryer, chief information security officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), told members of Congress Tuesday that she â€śexplicitly recommendedâ€ť that the website not be given the green light before its Oct. 1 rollout, but that higher-ups wouldnâ€™t hear of it.
From the report:
In another security bombshell, Fryer told congressional interviewers that she explicitly recommended denial of the websiteâ€™s Authority to Operate (ATO), but was overruled by her superiors. The website was rolled out amid warnings Fryer said she gave both verbally and in a briefing that disclosed â€śhigh risksâ€ť and possible exposure to â€śattacksâ€ť.
Fryer also said that she refused to put her name on a letter recommending a temporary ATO be granted for six months while the issues were sorted out.
“My recommendation was a denial of ATO,” Fryer told Democrats and Republicans who sat in on the day-long interview. According to Fryer, she first recommended denying the ATO to CMS chief information officer Tony Trenkle based on the many outstanding security concerns after pre-launch testing.
“I had discussions with him on this and told him that my evaluation of this was a high risk,” Fryer told the [House Oversight] committee. Trenkle retired from his CMS job on Nov. 13. He has not responded to CBS News interview requests.
With the websiteâ€™s problems looking less likely to resolve anytime soon, and with customers Nationwide increasingly disgusted with premium increases under Obamacare, is it any wonder that President Obama decided Friday to unilaterallyÂ delay the health mandate for individuals whose old insurance plans got canceled?
Itâ€™s a political move; 2014 is an election year, and Obamacare hangs like a Sword of Damocles over the heads of Congressional Democrats. Hereâ€™s hoping voters donâ€™t forget that Fridayâ€™s executive decree marks the 14th timeÂ Â Obama has unConstitutionally changed his signature law â€“ a law passed by Congress â€“ without Congress having any say in the matter.