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Memo: Health Care Adviser Warned W.H. Was Losing Control 3 Years Ago

6:09 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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CBS News is learning the Obama administration knew of the risks associated with the health care reform roll-out well before last month.

Three years ago, the White House got a warning from a trusted outside health care consultant that there would be problems with the launch of the Affordable Care Act website.  

CBS News reports:

David Cutler, who worked on the Obama 2008 campaign and was a valued outside health care consultant wrote this blunt memo to top White House economic adviser Larry Summers in May 2010: "I do not believe the relevant members of the administration understand the president's vision or have the capability to carry it out."

Cutler wrote no one was in charge who had any experience in complex business start-ups. He also worried basic regulations, technology and policy coordination would fail.

According to CBS News, the White House dismissed these and other warnings. It relied on appointed bureaucrats and senior White House health care advisers.

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