Who does Julie Rovner blame?
For starters, the Republicans in the House:
Which led to the first big problem — money. When it became clear that HHS would need more money to build the federal exchange than had been allocated in the original law, Republicans in Congress refused to provide it.
As a result, says Angoff, officials “had to scrape together money from various offices within HHS to build the federal exchange.”
Awww, I guess $500 million (the cost to develop the Obamacare website) doesn’t buy what it used to.
But NPR doesn’t stop there. Let’s blame Mitt Romney too!
Then there was the timing issue. Technically, department officials have had 3 1/2 years since the law passed. But much of that time was spent in limbo. First there was waiting to see if the Supreme Court would overturn the law in the summer of 2012. (It didn’t.) Then there was waiting to see if Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate would be elected that November to repeal it. (They weren’t.)
And finally let’s blame all those obstinate Republican states that refused to let the Federal Government set up their exchange.
Then it was another month waiting for states to decide if they wanted to build their own health exchanges or let the federal government do it for them.
“The administration bent over backward to accommodate the states; the administration begged states to cooperate,” Angoff says.
And in the end, the administration made a major miscalculation. Officials figured that even Republican states would both create their own exchanges and expand their Medicaid programs because both came with so much federal money attached.
The Left is really stretching on this one but we can always count on NPR to carry the Leftist’s water and do the bidding of Team Obama.
Don’t forget, about 5% of NPR’s funding comes from our tax dollars.