‘No excuse,’ but no solution, either

President Barack Obama offered “no excuses” Monday when he admitted the faults and frustrations surrounding the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

“Nobody is more frustrated than me,” he said.

We doubt that. Millions of Americans looking at frozen computer screens are a lot more frustrated than the president.

Especially frustrating are the new reports that the system designers and developers saw this coming weeks ago. They knew the system wasn’t ready, that the software wasn’t passing its tests. The government went ahead with it anyway.

The president assured us all that the problems would be fixed, but didn’t say how long that would take.

He didn’t offer much in the way of solutions, so we’ll offer one for him. Shut it down until it’s ready. Postpone the deadline for signing up for insurance, delay the IRS penalty for not having insurance. When it’s ready for prime time, let us know.

Don’t do it because House Republicans want to repeal the program, or defund it. Do it because it’s not working and needs to be fixed.

It’s the right thing to do, Mr. President.

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