President Barack Obama says the American government needs to "stop governing by crisis," and noted that "I don't foresee what happened in October repeating again in January."
Speaking Tuesday afternoon at a CEO gathering hosted by The Wall Street Journal, the president said he believes Congress knows that it can not threaten to shut down the economy just because politicians don't agree with a particular bill. The way our system is set up is "like a loaded gun," he said.
The partial-government shutdown cost the U.S. millions of dollars, and it "didn't need to happen," he said. The government "doesn't have to be outstanding," he said, but it has to perform better.
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Obama also blamed Republicans for contributing to the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare plan. He said it will be hard to "rebrand'' Obamacare after his administration fixes the website used to sign up for the program.
"We should have anticipated that (the faulty website) would create a rockier rollout,'' Obama told the conference.
"One of the problems we've had is one side of Capitol Hill is invested in failure,'' he said.