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Jay Carney’s Worst Press Briefing?

After a speech in which President Obama failed to discuss how he was going to fix Obamacare, save for providing a 1-800 number to call, which was not working during and immediately after his speech, White House press secretary Jay Carney went on to have a pretty rough press briefing.

When ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Carney, “If the website is not fixed, will people still need to pay the fine?” Carney refused to answer, saying that we were three weeks into a six-month long process and implying that we need not worry about this hypothetical. “You can’t really charge people a fine for not getting health insurance if you don’t fix this mess,” Karl said. Carney did not say if he agreed.

Karl then asked Carney about the main contractor that built the website, CGI, and why they were hired after being fired by a provinvial health agency of Ontario, Canada. Carney again refused to answer, referring him to Health and Human Services.

Later, a reporter asked if the Obamacare website was beta-tested before it was launched, and though Carney knows “what beta tested means,” he could only say that “there was no question that the website has not performed up to expectations.”

 

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