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Former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm took on Republican attacks about the extremely problematic rollout of during her Sunday appearance on Meet the Press.

“This is an argument about a broken website versus a broken political party,” she said, noting the attempt to link the Republicans’ intentional government shutdown, which cost the economy $24 billion, with the troubled rollout of the site that is the primary point of entry for the Affordable Care Act’s health care marketplaces.

“The Republicans have many opportunities to conflate the website with Obamacare because they have to justify why they shut down the government for weeks,” she said.

Also on the show was Governor Steve Beshear (D-KY), whose state has successfully rolled out its own exchange, as all states were invited to do under the Affordable Care Act.

“This is working in Kentucky,” Beshear said. “We had and have some of the worst health statistics in the country, and it’s been that way for generations. The only way we’re going to get ourselves out of the ditch is some transformational tool, and that’s what the Affordable Care Act is going to do for us.”

The governor rejected the notion that the earlier failures of, which suggest larger implementation problems for the law, have doomed the reforms.

“This is a process,” Beshear said. “Everyone wants to have a date where they can declare victory or defeat or success or failure. That’s not what this is going to be all about.”

Jennifer Granholm

(h/t PoliticusUSA)

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  • sigrid28

    Please let the website take off as soon as possible, so these obnoxiously insincere Tea Party Republicans can go back to whining about the dismal future for their grandchildren and we can stop hearing Ted Cruz intoning his phony “despair” over “the trainwreck that is Obamacare.” I can’t decide if the House kangaroo courts, I mean hearings, televised on C-Span are more like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party or watching the Walrus and

    • latebloomingrandma

      John Lennon could have made another song out of this!

  • John Pigg

    If it were not so serious it would be laughable.

    Recently extreme factions of the GOP succeeded in their goal of shutting down the government. Their goal was the failure of a controversial government policy known as the ACA. Now, they are holding hearings into the problems that the ACA website is encountering.

    Is it because they suddenly care and want to fix it so that it will run correctly?…….

    • Dominick Vila

      No, it is because they need every possible way to demonize and, if possible, dismantle a program that is the centerpiece of President Obama’s legacy. Their determination to stop the deployment of the Affordable Care Act, claims of abomination, economic Armageddon, and the impending destruction of the U.S. economy and life as we know it, are just instruments being used to achieve a larger goal. The only way the U.S. economy can continue to support ridiculously low tax rates, and make loopholes and subsidies available to corporations and people who do not need them to prosper, is to cut spending, and since “defense” is off the books and there is no way to avoid paying interests on the debt, the only options left for the GOP to satisfy the desires of its masters is to balance the budget off the backs of our most vulnerable citizens.

      • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

        Dom, John, the Tea Party’s biggest problem can be summed up in three words – President Barak Obama. Thanks to the Republican party saddling itself with the unelectable combination of John McCain and Sarah Palin, this gave a platform to those who profess ignorance as their most admirable trait. They don’t know anything about their “enemies” except what they want to believe. And they are unwilling to work with (i.e. compromise) anyone to achieve their “stated” goals of American financial security. Instead, they demand that the rest of the country must come over to their way of thinking, otherwise they will take their ball away. As a result of having his job threatened by 30-40 alleged members of his own party, Speaker Boehner was helpless before these ignorant thugs who call themselves Republican Congressmen, and their leader Ted “Pay no attention that I am an immigrant from Canada who’s father plans on returning to Cuba to help run it once the last Castro dies” Cruz.

      • John Pigg

        It was rhetorical…

        I’m in agreement with you.

      • Inthenameofliberty

        I am curious and hope you can answer this question: If the ACA is a law, and only Congress is permitted to change a law once it is a law, then why has our President been making changes to the ACA after the fact?
        If it is the centerpiece of his legacy, then why did he deliberately set out to destroy himself by basically breaking Constitutional law? I am just curious how you feel about this, because you are a calm and rational poster on this site when I visit it.
        I’m losing my health care insurance. I’ve worked hard all my life and now my policy is being terminated.

        • Dominick Vila

          I am not a lawyer, but my understanding is that while it is absolutely true that laws are drafted and passed by the Legislative branch, the Executive branch can make changes to improve the efficacy and efficiency of government programs as long as those changes do not require additional appropriations. Every single Federal government program has been changed since its inception. The Affordable Care Act will not be an exception to that rule.
          ACA encourages employers to keep their health plans, in fact, the future of ACA depends on it. Most major American corporations plan to keep their healthcare plans, not necessarily because those plans are not a burden on their ability to compete and profit, but because keeping them allow them to claim tax deductions when they file corporate tax returns. Yes, some companies are taking advantage of the situation to terminate their health plan because, in some cases, doing so is more profitable for them than using it as a deduction. Not surprisingly, most of those companies are not offering compensation, such as a salary increase, to help their employees offset the cost of insurance premiums. That is not an ACA flaw, instead, it represents the worst kind of behavior used by our corporate heads to show higher earning to satisfy shareholder expectations.

  • carol

    and now we find out that the sneaky gov of texas has a deep interest in the company that was suppose to make sure that the aca site worked..smell a rat here? ya so do I and I think they sabotaged it .

    • sigrid28

      I was wondering whether there was some hidden jinx in the process, planted by Republicans. They can only win by cheating, it seems.

      • itsfun

        no doubt a jinx or a hex or spell from the Salem witches.

  • itsfun

    If anyone would know the difference between broken things its Jennifer. After all she broke the state of Michigan.

    • progressiveandproud

      Jennifer didn’t break my state. John Engler broke my state. He came into office with a surplus in the budget and left office with a huge deficit.

      Jennifer did the best anyone could do to clean up his mess. Now we have another Repub. who is running rough shod over the wishes of the people. Apparently, Michiganians didn’t learn their lesson with Engler.

      • itsfun

        Snyder is a terrible governor. He got a brand new income tax passed that only affected people on pensions. I wonder how many senior citizen votes he will get. Snyder also ignored the will of the people. The people voted down an emergency manager plan for cities in the last election. Snyder did not accept the vote of the people. He rammed through the same law with his Republican House and Senate on the eleventh hour on the last day of congress meeting in Michigan. He was smart enough to change enough words in the law, so it wasn’t exactly the same as the proposal voted down by the people. He just doesn’t care what the people of the State of Michigan want or vote for. In actual practice he took the vote away from the people of the State of Michigan. He should be removed from office, not be up for re-election.

        • progressiveandproud


    • Bill

      You are confusing her with Snyder.

      • itsfun

        nope Snyder is more of a dictator type. He ignores the vote of the people and does what he can to hurt senior citizens. Jennifer was just incompetent.

      • infadelicious

        No, I think he meant Jennifer…………

  • howa4x

    The GOP is heading toward a civil war between the tea party, and Evangelicals against the rest of the mainstream faction. Having some glitch’s on a website is minor compared to what the republicans face. The interesting thing here is that the republican governors are not participating in this process and then calling it a failure. On one hand they want states rights and when presented with a chance to actually design a state program they could control, instead leave it to the feds. Well you can’t have it both ways. The Kentucky governor had it right when he said we have poor health outcomes and this is a chance to correct that condition. Mississippi has the worst health outcomes in the country followed by Tenn, Ala, Ark, La. and Texas has the most uninsured in the entire country. You would think reasonably that Ted Cruz and the republican governors of those states would be pounding on the federal door to get aid to the residents of their states to improve health outcomes of their own residents. Instead they have shown that they only represent the haves, and moneyed interests the ones that have insurance, and the tea party had proven that it only represents itself. Ted Cruz doesn’t represent Texas but only republican Texas . the TP is not a party to govern but one to create chaos and obstruction. Well only their residents will suffer, and no one else. They fit the old adage of cutting off your own nose to spite your face.

    • jointerjohn

      Funny you reminding republicans that they can’t have it both ways because recently, that is exactly what that once reasonable party has come to symbolize. They want balanced budgets without paying taxes. They want protection from international terrorists but they don’t want a vigorous intelligence agency. They want education that makes our young people employable and competitive, but they don’t want to pay teachers or accept scientific evidence. They want fewer teen births but are against sex education and contraception. They want people to work hard and “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”, but only if they were born in the United States of white citizen parents. The preach the importance of taking responsibility for one’s own actions, then blame their failings on an imaginary mischief maker they call Satan. They preach individual freedom and privacy but they don’t want people having sex unless one has an inny and the other has an outy. These conflicted, terrified people are standing in the twenty-first century, white-knuckle clutching nineteenth century ideas and a religion from the middle ages. They have no intention of governing, just holding their breath in order to get their way. So, along come the greediest vulture capitalists the world has ever known, and they play these frightened, petulant little children as pawns.

      • howa4x

        Well said

        • jointerjohn

          I have read and admired your posts for some time now. You appear to be a calm and contemplative intellect, just the kind of person I seek but rarely find. Thank you.

          • howa4x

            Thanks yours are very intelligent too

  • ObozoMustGo

    Useful idiot du jour, Jason Sattler, once again carrying the water for Obozo’s failures. Nice attempt to deflect here, Jason (and Jenny) but the reality is that Obozocare is an abject disaster, and the website is just a symptom of a failed president and his wacko bird looney plans to take over 1/6 of the American economy and to be administered by his Gestapo, the IRS.

    Have a nice day!

    “I don’t think your boss should get to control the health care you get. I don’t think insurance companies should control the care that you get. I don’t think politicians should control the care that you get. I think there’s one person to make these decisions on health care and that is you.” – Guess who said it

  • flipped54

    How do we know that the website was not sabotaged or hacked by those so desperately trying to make the ACA fail?