Chuck Todd: White House 'Private Sector Velocity' Claim 'Indictment of Government As a Solution'

A report from the White House concerning the just-completed upgrade of Healthcare.gov declared, "The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness."

On Meet the Press Sunday, NBC's chief White House correspondent surprisingly said, "[T]hat is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one-- it's page three of the report, it says here that, "The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness."

DAVID GREGORY: Yeah.

CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, "You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we're bringing in the private sector folks." I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at [unintelligible].

NewsBusters readers know I rarely agree with Todd, but in this instance, he was 100 percent correct.

Hopefully he'll remember this moment the next time he wants to advocate government as a solution.

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
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