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Kathleen Sebelius Resigns: by The Elephant's Child

Sebelius in trouble

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned. It was noticeable when President Obama gave his “mission accomplished” speech in the  Rose Garden, surrounded by everybody else, and Sebelius was unacknowledged in the speech.

Officials said Ms Sebelius made the decision to resign and was not forced out. I’m somewhat sympathetic. She had an impossible task, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Administration aides have worried that the dreadful problems at HealthCare.gov might result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy. You think? She had an impossible task, nobody can make can make ObamaCare work.

The secretary told the president that the March 31 deadline for sign ups and rising enrollment numbers provided an opportunity for change, and that he would be best served by someone who was not the target of so much political ire, according to Dennis McDonough.” She does hope—all of us hope—that we can get beyond the partisan sniping.”

Nominated to replace her is Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently head of Obama’s OMB and someone who Obama believes will bring “an intense focus and management acumen to the department.”

Ezra Klein, newly self-described as an advocate of “explanatory journalism” said “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because ObamaCare has won. President Obama wouldn’t let Sebelius leave unless he was confident ObamaCare was safe.” That’s why he gave her a big hug in the Rose Garden and thanked her profusely for her long five years of service.

 



Here’s What HHS Said Today: Dec 12, 2013 by The Elephant's Child

The struggles to fix the problems, are creating more problems as they go.

The Department of Health and Human Services said today that it was “strongly encouraging ” insurers to help the department fix a raft of problems created by the rocky rollout of President Obama’s health care law.”

“It is requiring insurers to accept payments until Dec. 31 for coverage starting on January 1. It is also “urging” insurers to give individuals more time beyond that to pay for coverage.”

“In a press release, HHS said it was “strongly encouraging insurers to treat out-of-network providers as in-network to ensure continuity of care for acute episodes or if the provider was listed in their plan’s provider directory as of the date of an enrollee’s enrollment.”

On a conference call, an HHS spokeswoman emphasized: “We are just proposing it as an option and we’re encouraging issuers. There is no requirement.” Translation: HHS has a huge mess on its hands and it hopes that by getting ahead of this news, it can foist the blame for the problems on insurers.

This from  a longer piece from AEI, about “What we learned about ObamaCare today: Dec. 12, 2013″ There’s lots of information there, none of it encouraging. The government wades deeper and deeper into illegal territory. The House Oversight Committee turned up letters Wednesday showing that HHS ordered the private contractors partly responsible for the HealthCare.gov fiasco not to cooperate with congressional investigations or hand over documents.

Do read the whole thing. This may be what Democrats in Congress want, but it sure isn’t what the American people want, and the more we find out — the less we want it. There must be a point when we just stand up and say NO!

 




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