Obama: ‘I Don’t Write Code’

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President Barack Obama speaks at the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Nov. 8, 2013.

The president of the United States may be a constitutional law professor, but he doesn’t write computer code.

President Barack Obama had a couple of codes on his mind today, as he appeared in New Orleans to tout international trade.

One is the tax code — as he spoke of constructing the government in a way that encourages foreign trade and economic growth at home, he said:  “We’ll simplify our corporate tax code, close some — close — wasteful tax loopholes and incentives to ship jobs overseas, lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here in the United States, and use some of the money we save by switching to a smarter tax system to create good construction jobs building they things that our businesses need right here in America.”

The other is the computer coding that has plagued the rollout of Obamacare, as the administration promises to fix healthcare.gov, the online portal to the new health-care exchanges intended to offer coverage for the uninsured, by the end of this month.

“Now we’ve had this problem with the Website,” the president said today. “I’m not happy about that. But we’re working overtime to make sure that it gets fixed, because right now we’ve put in place a system, a marketplace, where people can get affordable health care plans.”

“I promise, no one has been more frustrated,” he said. “I wanted to go in and fix it myself but I don’t write code.”

The code behind Obamacare was #MadeInAmerica.


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