The Corner

Jon Meacham: Healthcare.gov Is ‘Progressive Equivalent’ of Declaring Ketchup a Vegetable

Whether it’s fair or not, the problems facing Healthcare.gov could plague Democrats’ efforts and large-scale government programs for a generation, says Morning Joe contributor Jon Meacham. “This is a self-inflicted wound for people who believed in the public sector,” he said.

“This is, in a way, the progressive equivalent of declaring ketchup a vegetable,” Meacham said on Wednesday morning; he also referred to the Packard Commission’s findings of a $600 toilet seat at the Pentagon as a similar anecdote of bungled government programs. “It will be used for years and years.”

Harold Ford, Jr. chimed in to agree that it will “raise real questions for the long-term about whether the government and public entities can manage enormous projects like this.”

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