Not really “fixed.” The New York Times: “Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government’s health care website easier for consumers to use. But that does not mean everyone who signs up for insurance can enroll in a health plan. The problem is that the systems that are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers still have not been fixed. And with coverage for many people scheduled to begin in just 30 days, insurers are worried the repairs may not be completed in time.”
This would fix part of the problem, but their boss is there for three more years. “A series of self-inflicted wounds during his fifth year in office, capped by the botched launch of the Affordable Care Act, have Americans questioning the president’s competence and credibility. History suggests that second-term presidents rarely recover after their approval ratings fall as much as Obama’s have this year. History also suggests that there are two types of White House shake-ups. The first is mostly cosmetic and is aimed at sending a signal that the president is serious. He fires somebody, anybody, as a sacrificial lamb. The second is deep cleansing — that rare occasion when a president rebuilds his team to change himself. The latter is what Obama must do.” Somehow I can’t see him dumping Valerie Jarrett.
“Fix” is a matter of degree, I suppose. “So some 70 percent of the website works better for about 80 percent of the customers who want to buy insurance. . . . It is obviously an improvement, but I am thinking that the administration is taking a real risk by calling this a victory.” This is a president who plainly needs to be graded on a curve.
The final deal with Iran is going to fix this? I think not. “Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to ‘forge ahead’ with Iran’s nuclear enrichment program over the weekend and announced the upcoming construction of a second nuclear reactor in the province of Bushehr. . . .The nuclear announcement came just a day after Rouhani promised to continue the country’s controversial uranium enrichment program, stating that Iran’s ‘enrichment will never stop and this is our redline.’”
Some political problems can’t be fixed. They can distance themselves now, but they voted for Obamacare. “Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama’s popularity swooned in November. Now they are awkwardly distancing themselves from him a year before the election, seeking the right balance between independence and betrayal.”
Jay Carney in a fix, once again. “Jay Carney Bristles at Jon Karl’s Repeated Obamacare Question: ‘Is This Mission Accomplished?’”
The law is fixed and immutable — until Obama decides otherwise. “One moment he is ideologically driven to use fealty to the rule of law to overcome the normal (if sometimes morally suspect) give-and-take — the horse-trading, glad-handing, and compromise — necessary for the effective practice of politics. Yet the next moment, he is ideologically driven to disdain legal process and the constraints of law.”