And before you think it was just those eeevil Republicans who warned Obama that the Obamacare exchanges were not ready, Democrat allies warned the White House, along with insurers and state health care officials.
But Obama went ahead with the now disastrous Obamacare exchange roll-out anyway.
And Republicans offered him a face-saving out. He could have bought some time, avoided the Shutdown and debt limit impasse if he only agreed to delay the implementation of Obamacare for a year. It would have been smart politics and sensible policy. It would have been the right thing to do given that the exchanges clearly were not ready.
But Obama went ahead with the Obamacare exchange roll-out anyway.
And it is a head scratcher. Is he that spiteful and determined to create a crisis he hopes will backfire on Republicans? Even at the obvious risk that it would backfire on him?
That Obama refused to take the sensible out of agreeing to an Obamacare delay when he knew (or at least should have known) the exchanges were not ready confirms to me that Obama is trying the pull that old trick of tyrants – to create and/or use a crisis to crush opponents and to increase one’s own power.