Former Democratic National Committee chair and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that President Obama has shown “terrible mismanagement” during the rollout of the Affordable Care Act and should have been better prepared for the launch of his signature domestic achievement.
“If it was my program, I would have been testing it six months out,” Mr. Rendell said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Every week I would have been running tests and the tests would have been run in front of me.”
Mr. Rendell, who served as governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011 and as DNC chairman during the 2000 election, said that the “tale of the tape” for this health care law will not be known for a couple years.
“I think there is still a chance for this to achieve its basic goal,” he said. “That doesn’t excuse the mismanagement early, but there is still a chance to achieve a basic goal, which is to drive down the health care curve and also insure over 30 million people who don’t have health insurance.”
The Washington Times reported Monday that the Obama administration said over the weekend that it has fixed major glitches that plagued the HealthCare.gov website since its launch two months ago.
Lawmakers, though, remain wary about the website.
“Clearly, the rollout has been a disaster, and it’s still a work in progress,” former Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, said on “Fox News Sunday.”