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.

WASHINGTON,, DC - DECEMBER 4: Chris Matthews (L) talks with U.S. President Barack Obama during an appearance on MSNBC'S 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' at American University December 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. The show was taped before a live audience at the university and will be broadcast during the evening on the cable news channel. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
National Journal
Sophie Novack
Dec. 6, 2013, 1:19 a.m.

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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