My Politico column today:
Little did they know it, but Republicans fighting to defund or delay Obamacare had an ally in spirit in Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Her explanation for why the Obamacare website doesn’t work is that she couldn’t possibly have been expected to make it work in the mere three and a half years since the law passed. She told the Wall Street Journal the website ideally needed five years of construction and one year of testing and instead had only two years of construction and almost no testing.
That means with the proper development time, HealthCare.gov would have had a flawless launch#…#on October 1, 2017. Needless to say, had Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) suggested a four-year delay in Obamacare as his fallback in the defunding fight, he would have been scorned as an unbending fanatic, although he just might have been giving Sebelius the breathing room she needed.