Former Florida congressman Allen West mocked the news that the Obamacare website would be down for maintenance the night of its long-awaited Dec. 1 fix, warning that the White House’s repeated excuses make it sound “like a very cheap retailer.”
On Fox News Channel’s On The Record Friday night, West told Harris Faulker that the Obama administration’s decision to delay the website fix further was “incredible.”
“They should not have put their own set mandate on it,” he said, “because now everyone is watching them. And for them to continually come back and say that we can only take 50 thousand or as you just reported, [the website] is going to be down — this is eroding the confidence and the credibility not just of the Obama administration, but of President Obama himself.”
West added that the political ramifications for the Democratic party as a whole would be “chilling.”
The former congressman also had harsh words for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after Faulker read a holiday-shopping themed message from the secretary to consumers: “The product is popular,” Sebelius wrote, “so avoid the lines and shop HealthCare.gov during off-peak hours (mornings/nights/weekends)… There are 23 shopping days in December (for coverage starting January 1, 2014). No need to rush.”
“Isn’t it very amazing that we have a United States federal government that is starting to sound like a very cheap retailer?” West said. “I don’t think that, once again, helps the confidence and the credibility of this administration. No poll-tested, market-driven little gimmick is going to solve this issue. The American people are very concerned.”
West also outlined a few Republican fixes for the health care law, including establishing high-risk pools and breaking down “state-by-state mini-monopolies” to promote competition.