Wolf Blitzer on Obamacare: Delay it For a Year, Make Sure It Works

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer jumped into the Obamacare debate when he suggested that the White House should have considered delaying the rollout of health care exchanges.

After a segment where CNN reporter Brian Todd reported that the administration had been warned months ago about glitches that are plaguing the health care websites, Blitzer commented, “They had three years to get this ready. If they weren’t fully ready, they should accept the advice Republicans are giving them, delay it for a year, get it ready and make sure it works.”

Republicans pounced on the remarks. Texas Congressman Steve Stockman and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus tweeted their agreement. Blitzer clarified his remarks in a tweet, saying his comments were limited to launching the websites before they worked, not his views on the law itself.

36 comments
motamanx
motamanx

Blitzer must be on the Karl Rove payroll.  Otherwise, why would he give up journalism?

Galactic
Galactic

What an idiot.

When a site isn't working correctly, you don't just shut it down. That's utterly irrational. You simply fix the mistakes, do appropriate maintenance on it, and make it better. Simple as that.

Blitzer has lost it. Officially. 

luna
luna

Wolf, you used to be a good guy, you sold out to big money, what a shame.  

shame on you. A lot of us under insured people want Obamacare.

jhankl
jhankl

Wolf Blitzer needs to go. He's talking about delaying healthcare, when the Obamacare web site it a technology issue, not a healthcare program issue. Who deemed him all knowing? Why did he put his nose into the debate? He needs to go!

leothelion18
leothelion18

How about it? Lets try to get him off CNN!

He is ridiculous.


Leo Goldberger


HowardRoark
HowardRoark

When is Wolf Biltzer heading over to Fox....like Howard Kurtz

leothelion18
leothelion18

It is time that we all get togetherto find a way to get CNN to drop  this pompous "newsman" Wolff Blitzer from its program.  He was once an aggressive, fearless White House reporter...but through poor CNN judgment was elevated to anchor and host...which went to his head. He has become a ridiculous miscast in today's media and ought to find a graceful exit...helped by a non-renewal of his contract. 

Leo Goldberger

carolo43
carolo43

Blitizer later said he was talking about the website.  Anytime 8 million flood a website at one time, there is bound to be server problems.    But even if he did mean Affordable Care, there is no way of knowing what parts need tweaking until it goes into effect.    Ya sure, let's just tell those who are ill they have to wait another year to get medical help.   By then half of them would be dead.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

I stopped listening to Wolf long ago. I'm sure he fancies himself an objective journalist, but I've long noted how he repeats right-wing talking points as if they're facts, and lobs softballs at Republican guests. Meanwhile, he tries to grill Democratic guests mercilessly. Fortunately, he's not very bright, so his "grilling" isn't terribly effective. But I see the intent. He's a Fox wannabe, and the sooner he moves to that network the happier everyone will be. 

And the sooner we have actual journalists instead of empty-headed Tea Party enablers, the better.

ahandout
ahandout

No Wolf, it's working perfectly.  

Anyway, Obamacare not about healthcare; it's about the taxes.  If you think that a 60-40 plan is affordable, then please sign up.  When the hospital bills come, you can still declare bankruptcy.  Here's a better plan:  Save the monthly premium. 

mrjakewright
mrjakewright

uh in NY where they have actually been putting effort into this for the last 3 years... its working. Do the conservative states out there really think they can just try to get rid of something for 3 years and not implement anything and then it expect to work right? you can't fix stupid.

dectra
dectra

Wolf can Kiss My A$$

reallife
reallife

Any more excuses?  Maybe it was Bush's fault!  LOL

If a private software company took 3 years to build a site it would be "shut down".



Sparrow55
Sparrow55

Microsoft, Apple and Google all put out operating systems that are loaded with glitches.  You can even make the argument that Microsoft is nothing more than just one big glitch.  Yet, all three of these companies make ongoing changes in their systems based on user feedback and unforeseen technical issues.  The same will be true of the ACA websites.  The only way to truly work all the bugs out of the ACA websites was to get them up and running under real world conditions and then finding out what needs to be fixed.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

Gosh, exchange websites and databases were overwhelmed by massive first-day attempts to get health insurance. Certainly that wouldn't happen a year from now and there's no way they'll be able to handle more normal traffic over the next two-and-a-half months. And how do you delay the websites for a year without delaying the law? 

Why can't we ever rid ourselves of rank incompetence in our media, political and business elite?

http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/10/nsa-electricity/

justanotherfellowamerican
justanotherfellowamerican

hey Blitzer, remember when the AP put out Bush's approval rating was 36% and you we're all over it?  Well guess what, Obama's approval rating is 37% also according to the AP press.  Where are you now!  

barneydidit
barneydidit

"They had 3 years to get it ready"? Well, I suppose if you count the entire first year and a half when its constitutionality was being challenged by every red state in the union and the administration was focusing on making sure it survives those challenges. And if you count the fact that nearly every single red state has chosen to opt out of the medicaid expansion segment of Obamacare, thus leaving their citizens reliant on the federal exchange system, then yeah, I guess Wolf has a point. 

reallife
reallife

Oh poor Wolf - I wonder what got into him  - he'll be labeled a racist and will be probably forced to apologize today

he must be looking for a way out of CNN

LOL

Hollywooddeed
Hollywooddeed

Betcha Wolf Blitzer has health insurance now.

allthingsinaname
allthingsinaname

That is about as brilliant as delaying the Shut down-default for 6 weeks, that Congress is about to do.

sacredh
sacredh

"Wolf Blitzer on Obamacare: Delay it For a Year, Make Sure It Works"

That's brilliant. A year from now we'll be less than a month away from the midterm elections. The baggers will be so co-operative then.

MrObvious
MrObvious

Take a person who doesn't know anything about technology and software

Add an arbitrary time frame, like a year (you know the echo from the equally technically challenged 'wingers)

Ignore the actual need for the product

And let a so called 'journalist' pontificate. 

There was a time, perhaps altogether mythical, where journalists tried to nail down facts, disregarding low hanging fruit talking points. With a 24x7 news cycle however Media have given birth to a bunch of pretty faces that spends most of their time word vomiting. You know whatever ignorant slob and uninformed drivel that pours over their monitors and from their heads.

It equals to nothing more then 'just sayin''

retiredvet
retiredvet

Wolf Blitzer is a moron with the hype set to stun.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Wolf Blitzer is still around? Who knew? 

Warren_Buffett
Warren_Buffett

@Galactic Think Blitzer was simply suggesting you fix the problems and get the bugs out.  Just because he doesn't puke out democratic talking points doesn't make him an idiot...You idiot! 

WhiskeyConnoisseur
WhiskeyConnoisseur

@Galactic Some of the more technically related websites are of the mind that the technology that was used in the creation of the website is so old and outdated that a total rebuild is what is needed. I don't build websites but that is what I've been reading on BroadbandReports. I wonder who built the site in the first place? >$600,000,000.00 is a lot of money to spend and to get nothing in return. If we find out that it was like such and such's brother-in-law's company that usually builds small business websites, somebodies head will surely roll! Hopefully the same company is not in charge of the databases that will be keeping the more than 40,000,000 American's medical records.

WhiskeyConnoisseur
WhiskeyConnoisseur

@leothelion18 I agree! Meet me in front of CNN World Headquarters tomorrow morning, and bring a big sign that says "Out with Wolf" or something like that! I'll have my own sign too. But seriously, how would you suggest we go about doing that?

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@reallife "If a private software company took 3 years to build a site it would be "shut down"."

A website isn't a building or a bridge, you moron. It never stops being "built."

MrObvious
MrObvious

@reallife

If a private software company took 3 years to build a site it would be "shut down".

Wolf - just stop it.

Software development takes years and almost none of them are without glitches when released.

SHARHAIR
SHARHAIR

@Sparrow55 that may be all well and good, but shouldn't you delay the requirement to sign up to give them the time they need to fix these glitches?   What if they are still fixing them when the deadline comes up?

MrObvious
MrObvious

@reallife 

He's not a racist for arguing to delay Obamacare because of technical glitches.

Just a know nothing moron. Like people who claim that stupid remarks leads to racist labels.

sacredh
sacredh

@Paul,nnto, it's like reading about an old actor dying that you thought had died 10 years ago.

reallife
reallife

@shepherdwong @reallife It never stops being "built." wow  LOL

 3 years and the site is not working? and they spent over 600 million on it? in the private sector that's considered a FAILURE  - in the government sector that's routine 

talk about morons