Juan Williams: “Massive Opposition” From Republicans Caused the Obamacare Rollout Flub

Daniel Doherty

10/23/2013 7:45:00 AM - Daniel Doherty

Some pundits have interesting opinions as to who broke the Obamacare website. Watch Fox News contributor Juan Williams pin the blame on…Republicans.

Twitchy caught the clip:

“People in the White House and HHS felt there is such massive opposition from the Republicans that they did not want to say, 'You know, we need to slow down a little bit because we don’t have the technology in order.' So they were willing to just say let’s roll it out see how it works for now...”

Stephen Hayes’ face at the 1:12 mark is priceless. Williams, of course, is wrong here. The idea that Obama refused to enact a sweeping delay of his signature legislative achievement because of Republicans is an obvious red herring. The reason The One won’t delay Obamacare is quite simple: He feels he’s “won” this battle -- in other words, he defeated Governor Mitt Romney in 2012 and the ACA was ruled constitutional by the High Court. Case closed. Therefore, any attempt by Republicans to amend or delay or defund his Big Government achievement is a non-starter. He’s made that quite clear.

By the way, the Obama administration knew full well that the website did not and would not work. They tested it and (surprise!) there were all sorts of problems with it. No matter. Team Obama went ahead with the website launch anyway. I suspect an equal mixture of arrogance and overconfidence went into that decision, if you ask me. It had nothing to do with Republicans.