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And Which of Them Was Happier For It?

3:11 PM, Dec 6, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
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The post mortems on the launch of Obamacare continue and there are calls for heads – perhaps a lot of them – to roll.  The president’s management style has been questioned.  Why didn’t he know, and when didn’t he know it?  That sort of thing.  

Even those without a degree from the Wharton would expect that in the case of something as ambitious as the Affordable Care Act, the president would want to be in fairly frequent consultations with his subordinates responsible for the program.  Over which there is some doubt.

Jack Welch and others of his breed would, no doubt, find this curious.  But President Obama does not believe that the problems with the Obamacare rollout can be traced to his personal management style.  As he told Chris Matthews in their MSNBC chat:

"The challenge, I think, that we have going forward is not so much my personal management style or particular issues around White House organization … It actually has to do with what I referred to earlier, which is we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.”

Ummm.  If the president believes that the bureaucracy is to blame, then the implication is that it might be time for the White House to fix that problem, too.  For the first time in history, one tends to take the bureaucracy’s side in a fight.

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