Carville: Obama to blame for health-care rollout disaster

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On Thursday’s broadcast of “Imus in the Morning” — which is simulcasted on the Fox Business Network — former Clinton adviser and Democratic strategist James Carville conceded that the so-called “disaster” in dealing with Obamacare’s rollout is ultimately President Obama’s fault.

Carville said there was no one else to blame — including the media and the Democratic Party.

“In places where it’s up and running, i.e., Massachusetts and some of these other places, you know, California, Connecticut, Kentucky, it is actually doing fine,” Carville said. “And, you know, things — they’re going to get better. The website is starting to get better and it will get better down the road but the rollout of this has been awful, and it didn’t have to be that way at all. And I think the president has himself to blame as much as anybody. I don’t think he was done in, in this instance by the Republicans, or done in by the media, done in by anything. It was just a massive mess-up that’s cost him and cost the Democratic Party some grief. Maybe temporarily, I hope, but it’s certainly caused some grief out there.”

Carville continued by saying the fallout, especially in the polls, is self-inflicted. But he added that would turn out well in the end.

“Well, the truth of the matter is, it could be said that he could have — he could have said it a lot more elegantly than he did,” Carville added. “And you know, I look at these polls, and I got to tell you, I think it is all self-inflicted. I think this rollout, which I think they got to get right, was a disaster, it was a joke. And there was a way to talk about, you know, how many people would get to keep their health insurance in a way that wasn’t causing this much trouble. I’m one of the few people who have believed, and continue to believe, that in the end this thing will work pretty good.”

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