Poor Jay Carney. As the official Press Tap-Dancer for the Obama Administration, it is his job to make the lies of his boss sound a little less nefarious. (Of course, I’m paraphrasing the job description.) And like many liberals who allow their utopian promises to paint them into an intellectual corner, Carney is resorting to verbal abuse, condescension, and arrogance. Yesterday’s exchange between Jon Karl and the White House Press Jester is the latest example of Carney’s habitual harassment of reporters who dare to ask
Maybe the White House has become so accustomed to the beltway media gleefully echoing the talking points distributed by Mr. Carney, that actual questions have become more of an annoyance than a regular occurrence in the Briefing Room. Regardless, the manner in which this White House scoffs, mocks, and belittles reporters who dare to ask pointed questions is indicative of an amateur administration struggling with the collapse of their signature initiative.
At issue is the President’s most recent lie on Obamacare: You can bypass the website and apply by phone or in person. . . And potentially enroll in Obamacare in as little as 25 minutes.
Yes. . . There is a reason to be quizzical: No one will be enrolled in 25 minutes. And to suggest so is dishonest, disingenuous, and just this side of lying. (I’ll let you decide what “this side of lying” actually means.) So, let’s spot the asterisk in this Obama-sponsored promise. The truth is, even if an individual was able to successfully connect with a representative and “apply” on the phone, they still wouldn’t be enrolled; because all applications still have to go through Healthcare.gov. . . Which is where the bottle-neck is.
Get it? Everyone, regardless of how they apply, are in the same non-working Healthcare.gov queue. There is no expeditious alternative to the website. Now imagine if you called Geico for auto insurance, and after 15 minutes of handing over personal information the representative told you they would contact you in several days with some quotes. . . Do you think the Fed’s might look at Geico’s “fifteen minute” promise with some potentially skeptical investigative eyes?
Well, when the President is responsible for that kind of false advertising (apparently this is actually a staple in implementing Healthcare.gov) reporters are supposed to shut up, and let him get away with it.