By Justin Sink - 11/21/13 10:54 AM EST
Democratic strategist James Carville said Thursday that President Obama "has himself to blame" for the ObamaCare rollout "disaster."
"The rollout of this has been awful, and it didn't have to be that way at all. And I think the president has himself to blame as much as anybody," Carville, a columnist for The Hill, told Fox Business Network.
Carville, a former aide to President Clinton, also defended his former boss for suggesting that Obama should "honor" his repeated pledge that those who liked their current healthcare plans could keep them.
While some plans can be grandfathered in under the Affordable Care Act — and a executive order issued by the president last week expands that number — many individuals who privately purchase insurance have received cancellation notices because insurers or state insurance commissioners have opted not to continue those plans.
Carville called the messaging problem "self-inflicted."
"I think this rollout, which I think they got to get right, was a disaster, it was a joke," he said. "And there was a way to talk about, you know, how many people would get to keep their health insurance in a way that wasn't causing this much trouble."
On Wednesday, Obama honored Clinton at the White House and thanked him for the "advice and council you've offered me on and off the golf course" during the Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House.