While Washington Fiddles, Obamacare Burns

I have this theory. I have this theory that the White House is secretly thrilled by the government shutdown and by the looming deadline for debt deal.

Why? Because Americans are being distracted from what otherwise would be their fixation: the disastrous launch of Obamacare. What a mess!

To be sure, the administration has time to fix what’s wrong. Most experts say it will be at least six months before we really begin to know how the Affordable Care Act will shake out. But what’s gone awry so far is head-scratching to the point of being badly embarrassing.

• Time: “Time Running Out for Obamacare Fixes”
• Politico: “”Problems with the Healthcare.gov sign-up site have been so massive that most people who try to enroll can’t get to step one.”
• Forbes: How Obamacare’s Exchanges Turned Into a ‘Third World Experience.’”
• New York Times: “From the Start, Signs of Trouble at Health Portal.”

No wonder Americans’ satisfaction with government has just dropped to a new low. No wonder only 18 percent of those polled last week by Gallup say they are satisfied with the way the nation is being governed. No wonder the White House is content at this moment to keep the attention on Congress – rather than on its own miserable management.

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