The Washington Times - November 21, 2013, 11:19AM

Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville called the Oct. 1 rollout of major parts of President Obama’s health care law a “joke” and said the fallout seen in plummeting poll numbers is “all self-inflicted” — but he does believe the law will work in the end.

“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,” he told Fox Business Network on Thursday. “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.”


Mr. Carville said that in places such as California, Connecticut and Kentucky — states that chose to create their own health benefit exchanges — things have been running smoothly.

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The glitch-ridden federal website will get better down the road, he predicted, but he said the first weeks of the program have been awful.

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“And I think the president has himself to blame as much as anybody,” he said. “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.”

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