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Obamacare website fixer is former consultant at Romney's Bain

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How is this for irony? After spending 2012 scourging Mitt Romney as a heartless capitalist for working at Bain & Co., President Obama is now betting on another former Bain consultant, Jeffrey Zients, to rescue his trouble-plagued Healthcare.gov website.

Obama named Zients, currently the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, to lead the "tech surge" to address the many problems with website. "Jeff will provide short-term advice, assessments and recommendations," Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

Zients previously worked at the management consulting firm Bain & Co., from August 1988 to June 1990. This was the same company that got Romney, who joined Bain in 1991, labeled as a "vulture capitalist" during the election.

In a January 2012 press release, Obama campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter slammed Bain for firing workers and shipping jobs overseas. She quoted a news story saying "Bain more than doubled the return on the original investment while 'workers were left jobless just as the local economy began to slump'.”

An Obama campaign ad accused Bain of being "pioneers in outsourcing U.S. jobs to low-wage companies." The "pioneers" claim in the ad, incidentally, was inaccurate.

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