Strate­gist calls Obama’s health care roll­out a ‘joke’

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Vet­eran Demo­cratic strate­gist James Carville called the Oct. 1 roll­out of ma­jor parts of Pres­i­dent Obama’s health care law a “joke” and said the fall­out seen in plum­met­ing poll num­bers is “all self-in­flicted” — but he does be­lieve the law will work in the end.

“I look at th­ese polls, and I got to tell you, I think it is all self-in­flicted. I think this roll­out, which I think they got to get right, was a dis­as­ter, it was a joke,” he told Fox Busi­ness Net­work on Thurs­day. “And there was a way to talk about, you know, how many peo­ple would get to keep their health insurance in a way that wasn’t caus­ing this much trou­ble. I’m one of the few peo­ple who have be­lieved, and con­tinue to be­lieve, that in the end this thing will work pretty good.”

Mr. Carville said that in places such as Cal­i­for­nia, Con­necti­cut and Ken­tucky — states that chose to cre­ate their own health ben­e­fit ex­changes — things have been run­ning smoothly.

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