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Obama: ACA Rollout Doesn't Reflect on Management Style

In an interview with MSNBC, the president said federal bureaucracy accounted for the law's implementation problems.

"The more we can just reorganize the guts of how these agencies work, the easier it’s going to be,” President Obama said Thursday.(Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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December 6, 2013

President Obama said Thursday that the problems that have plagued the first couple months of the health care law rollout are not an indication that he needs to change his management style, Politico reports.

Obama instead pointed to larger issues with the federal bureaucracy. 

"The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization," he told Chris Matthews in an interview with MSNBC. "It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly."

 

Despite numerous calls by lawmakers and others to hold officials accountable for the problems with HealthCare.gov, the president has not fired or publicly held any member of the team responsible. The administration has said the focus should instead be on getting the website fixed.

Obama repeated his desire to restructure some government agencies, and again blamed Congress for hindering his efforts. 

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