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Latest Snowden Leak: Obama's Personal Journal on Obamacare Launch

02/28/2014 11:57 am ET | Updated Apr 30, 2014

News flash: Edward Snowden's latest leak is the journal that contains Obama's notes for a future presidential memoir

"Now, like every new law, every new product roll out, there are going to be some glitches in the signup process along the way that we will fix. I've been saying this from the start. For example, we found out that there have been times this morning where the site has been running more slowly than it normally will." -Barack Obama, Oct. 1, 2013


Oct. 1, 2013, 1:57 a.m.
So excited I can't sleep. The healthcare website debuts today. When we reach a million signups, probably some time later this week, I'll proudly call it Obamacare. I look forward to writing about Obamacare's success sometime tonight. Go Obamacare!

Oct. 1, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
There are a few minor glitches with the Affordable Care Act website.

Oct. 16, 2013, 11:52 p.m.
Government shutdown ended today. We won. In your face, Boehner.

Oct. 28, 2013, 3:14 a.m.
A malfunction brought the website down yesterday. No biggie.

Oct. 30, 2013, 11:37 p.m.
Had to make a tiny adjustment today to my earlier statement about people keeping their old health insurance:

"Now if you had one of these substandard plans before the Affordable Care Act became law and you really liked that plan, you were able to keep it. That's what I said when I was running for office. That was part of the promise we made. But ever since the law was passed, if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is, you've got to replace them with quality, comprehensive coverage because that too was a central premise of the Affordable Care Act from the very beginning."

Wrote that myself.

Oct. 31, 2013, 11:15 p.m.
The damn website crashed again for the second time this week. Who did we hire to design this thing? A public school A/V club? And I swear, if I hear one more news anchor talk about how Obamacare is "as scary as Halloween," I'm going to pull a Putin on the media's ass.

Nov. 1, 2013,2:47 a.m.
I HATE, HATE, HATE DARRELL ISSA!

Sebelius told the House Energy and Commerce panel yesterday to hold her "accountable for the debacle" on the rollout. "I'm responsible," she said.

Makes me look like I'm passing the buck, but what the hell.

Nov. 4, 2013, 4:15 a.m.
I had HHS announce that the website will undergo maintenance every night until it improves. The public and the pundits are all bent out of shape. Fine, people, go back to your "I have a pre-existing condition so I can't get coverage" world and tell me how you like it there. Like Amazon is so perfect.

Nov. 5, 2013,3:13 a.m.
When did I lose MSNBC?

Nov. 10, 2013,2:22 a.m.
Indigestion and anger over what Republicans are doing to the states and the country are the reasons I can't sleep tonight. Michelle says I just care too much. She's probably right.

Nov. 12, 2013, 11:40 p.m.
Got thrown under the bus over the "keep your old insurance" thing by Steny Hoyer, Bill Clinton(!) and some no-name Democrat from Oregon. And it's only Tuesday.

Nov. 13, 2013, 11:10 p.m.
The good news: Around 106,185 people have enrolled in a plan. The bad news: Only 26,794 used the federal website. Why do I even bother?

Nov. 15, 2013, 2:00 a.m.
Two biggies from yesterday: One, I threatened to veto the Upton "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013" bill that would allow insurance companies to sell plans that don't meet my minimum requirements. Take that.

Two, I admitted we screwed up the website, but not the plan: "It's legitimate to expect us to have to win back some credibility on this healthcare law and other issues... we fumbled the rollout."

I wrote that.

Nov. 15, 2013, 11:59 p.m.
The House passed the Upton bill, 261-157.

39 Democrats voted for the damn thing.

Dec. 1, 2013, 4:30 a.m.
Now that we're into the Christmas/Jamhuri season, I'm stopping this journal for now. After I leave the White House, I'll just rewrite everything the way I remember it. Worked for Bush.

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