An MSNBC panel wasn’t quite sure Friday whether the Obama administration or the Republican Party is more to blame for the failure that has been the Heathcare.gov website.
Part of the panel argued that the White House “should be held accountable,” while another part argued that Republican opposition to the health care law helped “sabotaged” its rollout.
National Journal’s Alex Seitz-Wald noted that Republicans have actively tried to do away with the bill and are now loudly complaining about the massive failure of the website, referring to it as a “cognitive dissonance.”
“And yet, the Republicans have been incredibly effective at turning the narrative 100 percent onto the website,” said MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid.
MSNBC host Karen Finney said Democrats should pounce on “morally disgusting” Republicans governors who have refused to set up their health care exchanges or expand Medicaid access in their states.
The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, for his part, said that the White House and Republicans share the blame for the failed Healthcare.gov site.
The Obama administration “put a promise out to seven million or so people who were supposed to buy insurance from the exchanges they would have access to this,” Stein said. “That they would get the medical coverage they needed and they have not delivered. And that is a fact.”
“The administration should be held accountable for that,” he continued. “And I will say this: it is creating an image for them that’s not a good one, which is that they cannot administer this president’s signature domestic achievement. I don’t think that’s an insignificant criticism.”
Kinney responded by saying she is not about to let Republicans get away with their “morally disgusting” anti-Obamacare behavior:
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