Ross Douthat, a CNN political commentator and a columnist for The New York Times, wondered whether some officials would lose their jobs if the president really wasn't informed.
"The question becomes, why do the people who failed to keep him in the loop still have their jobs?" he asked.
No matter what Obama knew, or when, some say it's time for a new approach.
"He has often said that he didn't know what was going on with the (HealthCare.gov) website. ... He can't pretend he doesn't know and walk away from problems anymore, because he has been caught too many times out of the loop," said A.B. Stoddard, associate editor of The Hill. "He can't do his job that way."