Rich Galen

But, back to the website issue.A remarkable bit of reporting by Washington Post Reporters Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin, in a front pager point out that from the very beginning of the process – just after the bill became law in the Spring of 2010 – the bureaucratic tugging combined with the political pulling meant there was no way this was going to be ready by October 1, 2013.

That has resulted, three-and-half years later, in “casting doubt on the administration’s capacity to carry out such a complex undertaking.”

They quote a Harvard professor and health advisor to Obama’s 2008 campaign, David Cutler, as saying:

“They were running the biggest start-up in the world, and they didn’t have anyone who had run a start-up, or even run a business.”

The blistering coverage of the failing Obamacare roll-out didn’t begin until after the Cruz and the Cruzettes shut up and allowed the government to re-open.Even with that the President’s job approval rating has dropped to just 40 percent according to the latest Gallup three-day tracking poll.

Congressional Democrats, most of whom voted for Obamacare without the benefit of a single Republican vote in the House, have so far escaped being roasted along with the Administration.

I haven’t seen this question anywhere, but I’m willing to bet that if a pollster asked a representative sample of Americans whose fault the early failure of Obamacare is, a whole bunch would blame Congressional Republicans.

So.I was correct.If the GOP had allowed the new fiscal year – October 1 – to start without all the shut-down drama, they would have been in a much stronger position to say to the American people about Obamacare:

Told J’ya.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at