Peggy Noonan on ObamaCare: ‘Stop the Whole Thing, Go Back to Point One’

October 27th, 2013 3:18 PM

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan said something about ObamaCare Sunday that the majority of Americans clearly agree with.

Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Noonan said, “I wish we could stop the whole thing, go back to point one and say, ‘Let's try this again’” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

BOB SCHIEFFER, HOST: Let me ask both of you. Tell me what your take is now on this whole rollout of ObamaCare? Where does this go, Peggy?

PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: Oh, it has been, I believe, a political disaster for the White House. It has made people in America nervous, anxious, and confused. Look, bottom line, it seems to me, this whole thing should be delayed. But deep inside myself, I really think, look, they can probably get this tech end to work in a certain amount of time, but the internals of the law, the content of the law is already causing problems. I wish we could stop the whole thing, go back to point one and say, “Let's try this again.” I think it's not working.

What’s interesting is the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward seemed to agree:

BOB WOODWARD, WASHINGTON POST: It clearly isn't working, and, you know, we'll see. They've put a lot of people on it, and they promised to deliver. But, again, this connects to this theme of we've got an incredibly powerful government that gets on automatic pilot, and you have people with inexperience who don't know about nuts and bolts questions, people who don't go in and say, "Well, now is this going to work? Let's test it?"

We were talking earlier about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. That was run by Leon Panetta, who was CIA director, who knew to make sure you checked all of the boxes. And they literally had a place where, it was a compound that they reconstructed and they practiced. And we didn't even practice ObamaCare.

No, they sure didn’t. Pretty pathetic.