Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that people ought to be fired over the problematic roll out of the Obamacare website, which has continually experienced glitches and malfunctions in its first two weeks of operation.
“This was bungled badly,” Gibbs, who served as press secretary during President Barack Obama’s first term, said Monday on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner. “This was not a server problem, right, like just too many people came to the website — this is a website architecture problem.”
“I hope they’re working day and night to get this done, and when they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work,” he said.
“We knew there were gonna be some glitches, right, but, these are glitches that go quite frankly way beyond the pale of what should be expected,” he added.
Since it went live on October 1, users have had a bevy of problems in dealing with Healthcare.gov.
Gibbs did say that that he did not believe the problems were “fatal because there are still many weeks and days to go before the enrollment period closes at the end of March.”
Still, he said, “this is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services.”