The Affordable Care Act website rollout is like a case of a broken washing machine. It doesn't work and it needs to be fixed.
As the problems with the healthcare.gov website continue to unfold, there is a lot of finger pointing when it comes to who the blame should fall on. The contractors hired to launch the website point to the White House and vice versa.
When you have daily briefings and they cut off the questions after being asked if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius knew of the anticipated problems with the health care enrollment program - I think now its time to answer that question and admit that it wasn't entirely ready. Even Secretary Sebelius said in an interview with CNN that under ideal circumstances, the website should've have taken five years to test and launch.
Eventually, there is going to be health insurance for people because it is the law. However, unlike a washing machine this is not a problem that will be fixed easily, nonetheless it will be fixed.
This Sunday on Face the Nation, I'll speak with Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee on his investigation on online enrollment glitches followed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D- N.H., who has led the Democratic effort in support of an enrollment period extension.
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, I'll also speak with Phil Shenon, former investigative reporter for the New York Times to preview his latest book "A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy assassination."
This new book really connects the dots of how the Warren Commission, which was launched within days on the Kennedy assassination, investigated what happened in Dallas that fateful day, and the events leading up to it. Shenon doesn't dispute the Commission findings that Lee Harvey Oswald pulled the trigger and that there wasn't a conspiracy behind the killing of the President, but he does uncover new evidence suggesting that the Commission's investigation was hampered by what it didn't investigate fully, and more importantly, what it didn't know at all.
At the heart of it, the FBI and the CIA really misled the commission. Both agencies were so afraid they'd be blamed for failing to stop the assassination, because they both knew of Oswald and had investigated his trip to Mexico City in September of that year, that they didn't play straight with the Warren Commission.
There's a lot of new evidence in the book and we'll talk about it on Sunday.
One really interesting discovery Shenon made was uncovering a meeting that's been held secret for 50 years. In 1964, The Warren Commission sent an investigator on a boat from Florida to rendezvous with a yacht off the coast of Cuba. On the boat, Fidel Castro himself, who had requested a meeting with investigators. Castro made it clear that he was not responsible for the President's assassination but the young investigator turned out to be none other than William Coleman, who would later become the Secretary of Transportation for the Ford administration.
Even after all these years, the JFK assassination remains relevant. All these questions are still left unanswered and a lot of it is rooted in the fact that Oswald was never put on trial. I hope you'll join us. Check your listings.