Exclusive emails on rollout debunk Obama’s ‘we didn’t know’ claim

Only one week before the launch of the Healthcare.gov website, top aides in the Obama administration expressed concerns that the rollout would become the exact disaster and embarrassment they feared, according to an exclusive new report from Fox News.

Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry reported Wednesday night on confidential documents obtained by Fox News showing the concerns of the administration’s top Internet Technology officials that the website would be “unavailable” – which contradicts President Obama’s statement at last week’s press conference that his administration would not have “rolled out” the website if they knew it “wasn’t going to work the way it was supposed to.”

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 7.35.56 AMDeputy Chief Information Officer Henry Chao of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services went so far as to suggest in an email that the administration needed a plan to address the public when it learned the site didn’t work.

According to Henry’s report, Chao attached an image of the now familiar “The system is down at the moment” message seen on the healthcare.gov website and wrote: “I am picturing in my mind all the major print and online publications taking screenshots of what is below and just ramping up the hyperbole about HC.gov not [being] functional.”

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Watch Henry’s exclusive report via Fox News here:

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