It took him long enough.

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After nearly three weeks of cringe-worthy tech support, thepresident finally addressed the issue in a Rose Garden appearance that featuredhis own complaints, cries for help from the Silicon Valley and awoman who nearly collapsed right behind the president.

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(Is it too obvious to make a joke about sticker shock? She’s OK, by the way, and as someone who’s nearly fainted on stage himself,I can certainly sympathize.)

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But the president clearly wasn’t any happier than anyoneelse.

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“There’s no sugarcoating it. Nobody is more frustrated than Iam,” he said flat out.

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Then the transparency this president loves to talk about surewould have come in handy months ago when – and if – his team hadtested this thing out. They should have done either a public beta,flown in some of those tech billionaire boys or at least run itpast Tim Cook. (I’m joking about that last one, but it wouldcertainly beat have a Windows guy look at it – they’d just tell youto restart.)

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Seriously, though, there are plenty of those left-leaningCalifornia geeks who would have loved to take up this noble cause,but no…this administration’s no better than any of the others whenit comes to smoke and mirrors.

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The president later added, “The essence of the law, the healthinsurance that’s available to people, is working just fine.”

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And I’m not so sure about that. This is just the first phase.This is supposed to be the easy part. I would imagine that comeJanuary, once the claims start piling up, things might get evenworse.

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Which brings me back to the Republicans, who need to stay out oftheir own way for the next couple for months. They’ve already takena beating in the press – whether it’s fair or not. It’s likeI tell my son: “Keep your head down, get your work done and stayout of trouble.”

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Sure, the public’s crashed the federal site – repeatedly, whichis unacceptable in this tech-dependent world. But demand is clearlyhigh, despite the public’s still overall disapproval of the law.They want health insurance; they just don’t want all of that otherstuff (you know, the stuff they don’t understand.)

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But at this point, the majority of voters – for whatever reason– don’t want it repealed anymore either. I think they wantto see how this plays out. And I think the best bet here, asI’ve said before, is for Republicans to wait for this thing tostumble again (and it will) and then push for a fix – an overhaulof the overhaul.

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I think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie offers an excellentexample. Months ago, he vowed to fight his state’s legislature onsame-sex marriage. But just this week, he backed off, saying in astatement through his spokesman that, “Although the governorstrongly disagrees with the court substituting its judgment for theconstitutional process of the elected branches or a vote of thepeople, the court has now spoken clearly as to their view of theNew Jersey Constitution and, therefore, same-sex marriage is thelaw.”

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I’ve no doubt he saw the latest polls, which showed 2-to-1support in favor of gay marriage in New Jersey. By surrenderingthat fight, he surrendered to the will of the people, regardless ofhis own opinion. (Nevermind that whole running-for-presidentthing.)

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Is it naïve to ask our lawmakers in Washington to do the same?After all, are they there to serve themselves or the majority ofthe Americans people who’ve decided to ride this law out ratherthan repeal it?

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