Dear Readers: I am thrilled to have Legal Insurrection’s Mandy Nagy as our Canto Talk guest this Thursday, Nov. 7th (7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click HERE for live show or podcast link).
We will be catching up on the Obamacare Exchange Website rollout…or implosion, if a more precise term is to be used. I recently noted that this was a fiasco of historical proportions, missing only radioactive debris and a tidal wave. Mandy carries that theme to address the latest news item:
This exchange today between ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and White House press secretary Jay Carney was rather…well, interesting.
Karl starts out by asking, “Did the president know that the very same problems would be facing consumers when they called on the phone when he said that they could apply in 25 minutes?”
But through some back and forth with Carney about the claim, it becomes clear that what’s at issue here is not so much the word “apply,” but actually the word “enroll.”
After being mocked by Carney for pressing the issue – Carney calls the questioning a “soliloquy” – Karl eventually makes the point very clear. He references an October 24th quote from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: “A person on the other end of the phone can get questions answered in up to 150 languages as well as walk somebody all the way through the process and enroll at the end of the day.”
Karl follows up with the question, “She says you can enroll at the end of the day, is that right?” [followed by cross-talk]
Carney ends with, “Jon, everybody else here understands what I’m saying, I’m sorry I can’t say the same for you.” And he then moves on to the next question.
Mandy has been covering a string of problems:
And last, but not least, the infamous “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” statement by Obama has been fisked. Friend Dean Riehm likens it to…“Check’s in the mail”… “Don’t worry, I’ll pull out”… and other great American promises
Stay tuned! It’s going to be a great show.