Scarborough: ‘Botched Launch Is a Self-Inflicted Wound’ by Obama

By Melanie Arter | November 11, 2013 | 11:24 AM EST

Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" (AP Photo)

( – MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, in a roundtable discussion with Rep. Donna Edwards’ (D-Md.) on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, said the Obamacare website launch “is a self-inflicted wound by the president” that shows “how disconnected he’s been.”

“This botched launch is a self-inflicted wound by the president. It shows just how disconnected he’s been, and he’s undercut his best argument for having a progressive engaged federal government,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” was responding to Edwards’ claim that Republicans were standing in the way of Obamacare’s success.

“The president has admitted – we’ve got to get it right, gotta get that website going, gotta get people signed up and delivered health care, but you know what? Republicans in Congress, and Republican governors have to stop standing in the way,” Edwards said. “And that’s what they’ve been doing.”

“Republican governors – I know that Barack Obama said it wasn’t Kathleen Sebelius’ job to make sure the website’s ran right, because they weren’t IT experts. You can’t blame Chris Christie. You can’t blame John Kasich. You can’t blame Republican governors. You can’t blame Ted Cruz for this botched launch,” Scarborough said.

Scarborough predicted that Obama will continue to have IT problems on, the federal exchange website for Obamacare. “He’s also going to continue to have problems as we roll this out and we find out that there are winners and losers on Obamacare. That’s not a shock to us, but the president’s been promising for four years that we’re going to get 30, 31, 32 million new people on the rolls, and everybody was going to be happy,” Scarborough added.

“We’re not even 30 days into the implementation yet. I know that Republicans want to deep-six this thing, but it’s not going to happen,” Edwards said.

“Hold on a second. I’m talking about an LA Times article that talks about sticker shock. I don’t think Republicans are running the editorial page of the LA Times, and you’re also talking about the fact that the president made promises that ended up just not being true. That wasn’t Ted Cruz’s fault,” Scarborough said.