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Report: Obama Knew Was Broken, But Politics Dictated That He Forge Ahead With Rollout

December 20, 2013 by  

For some reason, it’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 “explicitly recommended” that the website not be given the green light before its Oct. 1 rollout, but that higher-ups wouldn’t hear of it.

From the report:

In another security bombshell, Fryer told congressional interviewers that she explicitly recommended denial of the website’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 “high risks” and possible exposure to “attacks”.

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 website’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 unilaterally delay the health mandate for individuals whose old insurance plans got canceled?

It’s a political move; 2014 is an election year, and Obamacare hangs like a Sword of Damocles over the heads of Congressional Democrats. Here’s hoping voters don’t forget that Friday’s executive decree marks the 14th time  Obama has unConstitutionally changed his signature law – a law passed by Congress – without Congress having any say in the matter.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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