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Dems close ranks on Sebelius
The Hill ^ | October 30, 2013 | Alex Bolton with Jonathan Easley, Peter Schroeder and Molly K. Hooper

Posted on 10/30/2013 5:25:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Senate Democrats on Tuesday closed ranks behind Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, declaring she should keep her job despite problems plaguing the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges.

Democrats sought to deflect criticism by Republicans who have called for Sebelius’s ouster over what even Democrats acknowledge has been a botched rollout of the landmark law.

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, praised the implementation of ObamaCare for proceeding smoothly compared to other massive federal programs.

“If you compare it to all kinds of other programs of large magnitude, it’s actually ahead of schedule, including Social Security, Medicare and a whole lot of other things,” he said.

Rockefeller said neither Sebelius nor any other high-ranking officials at Health and Human Services should be fired.

“Should any Republicans have stepped down?” he asked in reference to GOP lawmakers who have repeatedly attempted to impede the law’s implementation.

Sebelius is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she faces a harsh reception.

Two centrist Democrats facing tough reelections next year pointedly declined to defend Sebelius — but they did not call for her resignation either.

“I haven’t decided. I’m not calling for it. I’ll look at it. I’ll continue to monitor it,” said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), one of the chamber’s most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.

“I think that’s up to the president, but people should be held accountable,” said Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) when asked about Sebelius’s future. “The president is the executive. He should make these decisions.”

In the House, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), a perennial GOP target, also declined to endorse Sebelius or call for her removal.

“No comment,” McIntyre told The Hill.

Other centrist Democrats in the Senate defended the embattled health secretary.

“I think we need to quit worrying about placing blame and start worrying about getting the system to work,” said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.).

She said it’s too early to know whether any administration officials should lose their jobs because of systematic technical problems affecting HealthCare.gov.

“I believe we need to keep all hands on deck getting this fixed. Yes, Kathleen Sebelius needs to take responsibility, but it will cause more problems, in my view, having the secretary step down at this point,” said Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the GOP’s top targets in 2014.

Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), apologized for the botched rollout during a House hearing Tuesday.

“I want to apologize to [the American people] that the website has not worked as well as it should,” she told the House Ways and Means Committee.

Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), the committee’s chairman, complained that Sebelius had told his panel “a dozen times that the administration would be ready” for the Oct. 1 rollout date.

He said if CMS, which falls under the Department of Health and Human Services, had been more honest about the law’s problems, “many of these glitches could have been avoided.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) set the tone Tuesday when he demanded on the Senate floor that Sebelius face consequences.

“Taxpayers have spent $400 million to create exchanges that, after 3 1/2 years, still don’t work,” he said. “No private sector chief executive officer would escape accountability after such a poor performance.”

His speech caught the attention of Senate Democrats, who are more inclined to ignore conservative and Tea Party critics like Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

“I respect Lamar Alexander. I know he’s part of the common-ground coalition,” said Landrieu. “But the Republican Party, their right-wing extremists have been undermining this effort every way, shape or form.”

Landrieu clarified that she does not view Alexander as an extremist but said any blame leveled at the law’s faulty rollout should also be directed at the GOP.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised Sebelius as “strong and smart.”

“She knows the problems, at this point, better than anyone else, and I have confidence in her,” she said.

McCaskill said lower-ranking officials who might have misrepresented the technical progress of the law’s implementation should face punishment.

“The hard thing is going to be pinpointing who’s responsible,” she said.

“I would not be opposed if someone presented to the secretary and to others who did not have great technical capability that technically that everything was perfect — that’s probably the person who should be fired.

“Somebody knew that there were huge technical problems,” McCaskill added.

Democrats expressed hoped that Jeffrey Zients, the former deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, would help smooth the law’s implementation.

“I have a lot of faith in Jeff Zients, and let’s see what they come up with,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking member of the Senate Democratic leadership.

He predicted the law’s glitches “will be forgotten rather quickly in our fast-moving world.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aca; baitandswitch; cultureofcorruption; democratscandals; demsrfups; huaca; incompetent; lies; obamacare; papercliphead; sebelius; sillybus; thebiglie
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It would be nice to see this headline:

"Republicans close ranks behind Cruz"

1 posted on 10/30/2013 5:25:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

MCCAIN IS GOING TO TRY AND SAVE IT. Guaranteed. George Soros wants us to be dragged to fiscal oblivion by socialized medicine and John McCain is his puppy—bought and sold.


2 posted on 10/30/2013 5:29:24 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

One thing to say about the Democrats...they stand behind their own. The Republicans tend to cut and run...even when their fellow Republican did nothing wrong. Sen. Trent Lott comes to mind...


3 posted on 10/30/2013 5:31:02 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Keep Sebelius. She’s the face of stupidity, incompetence and fascist arrogance. Print her face on cereal boxes, milk cartons and manhole covers.


4 posted on 10/30/2013 5:31:20 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He (Schummer) predicted the law’s glitches “will be forgotten rather quickly in our fast-moving world.”

That’s what they’re hoping, but I don’t think so. When you take the best medical care in the world and destroy it, I think (and hope) that Americans will have long memories—especially when it’s time to go to the voting booth.


5 posted on 10/30/2013 5:35:17 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Demoncrats: “Yes, the ship is sinking, due to the idiotic decisions made by all top level personnel, but at this point it would do more harm than good to replace them, so let’s just let the ship sink first and then we will have new a new crew come in for the salvage operation.” This time we will get the best and the brightest.


6 posted on 10/30/2013 5:36:32 AM PDT by ImNotLying (Obama's Biggest Lie: If you like your Constitution, you can keep it.)
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To: basil

The poor got better and faster medical care for free by just going to the nearest hospital emergency room than they will get with Obamacare.


7 posted on 10/30/2013 5:40:41 AM PDT by ImNotLying (Obama's Biggest Lie: If you like your Constitution, you can keep it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; don-o

Landrieu = Lamar

Wounded Lame Ducks


8 posted on 10/30/2013 5:41:02 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
We've gone from ‘failure is not an option’ to ‘failure is not an obstacle’.
9 posted on 10/30/2013 5:43:19 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It would be nice to see this headline:
"Republicans close ranks behind Cruz"

Unfortunately, there are only a handful of real Republicans left, the rest of the seats are filled with RINOs!

10 posted on 10/30/2013 5:44:37 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Jay Rockefeller WHO RETIRED RATHER THAN FACE CERTAIN DEFEAT AT THE POLLS NEXT YEAR) defended Sibelius
11 posted on 10/30/2013 5:44:40 AM PDT by ken5050 (Benghazi investigation update: "The plot thickens, like Hillary Clinton's ankles.." (longfellow")
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To: ImNotLying

I don’t think that is correct.

As I drive around, I see a proliferation of Doc in a Box facilities recently opened and operated by hospitals. These facilities will shunt the riff raff away from the ER’s and will provide service to anybody waving their card around.


12 posted on 10/30/2013 5:46:21 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let them all defend this disaster. They all voted for it.


13 posted on 10/30/2013 5:47:04 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: basil

Like Eichmann defending Hitler to me.


14 posted on 10/30/2013 5:54:06 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Are you calling them “Little Eichmanns”. ;)


15 posted on 10/30/2013 5:55:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just evidence that the Dims voted for the exact disaster hoping to get to single paer.


16 posted on 10/30/2013 5:59:01 AM PDT by JLS
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think it will be best for us if Sebelius is NOT fired (although there is no question that she would be in the private sector). Her face will keep reminding people of their outrage at the failures and lies of 0bamacare.


17 posted on 10/30/2013 6:01:04 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
said Landrieu. “But the Republican Party, their right-wing extremists have been undermining this effort every way, shape or form.”

Got to give them credit for staying on message-Nasssty Republicans. They are tricksy extremists.

I listened to the NPR news update at 8 this morning. They played a Jay Carney clip saying five percent would lose their insurance. However, coverage would be cheaper! better! Tax subsidies! Then they left that happy unicorn on the rainbow update and moved on to the next segment.

18 posted on 10/30/2013 6:01:06 AM PDT by convocation (Romans 9:17-18)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ok photoshopers, need a pick of Kat as the wicked witch and the idiot dems as her flying monkeys.


19 posted on 10/30/2013 6:03:31 AM PDT by mykroar (“We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.” - Nathanael Greene)
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To: SC_Pete

McLame already said they’ll be pushing Amnesty after the primaries.


20 posted on 10/30/2013 6:04:07 AM PDT by mykroar (“We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again.” - Nathanael Greene)
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To: mykroar

Understood—but he’s going to try to bail them out of Obamacare too. He said Amnesty after the primary season (GRAHAM) is over.


21 posted on 10/30/2013 6:11:06 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
In this case the 'rats PREFER to go down with the Good Ship Sebelius, as does that snake, John "I Heart Saigon" McCain.
22 posted on 10/30/2013 6:24:09 AM PDT by madison10
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To: sergeantdave

I’d prefer on urinal splash-stoppers.


23 posted on 10/30/2013 6:31:32 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We should remember this the next time WE have someone say something true, yet, politically incorrect. Todd Akin. Rats always rally around their people, no matter how stupid or reprobate. We throw our people under the bus anytime the Rats tell us to.


24 posted on 10/30/2013 6:36:35 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Competence and failure have no meaning to Democrats. As others have said they want points for good intentions.


25 posted on 10/30/2013 6:37:47 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: basil

Or go to the doctor.


26 posted on 10/30/2013 6:40:59 AM PDT by FreeperCell
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
If you compare it to all kinds of other programs of large magnitude, it’s actually ahead of schedule,

It's like the airplane that pushes away from the jetway right on time, but then sits on the tarmac because there's 500 million planes waiting to take off before yours.

27 posted on 10/30/2013 6:50:53 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

she will be 0’s fall person, to call her a woman is an insult to real women. Ditto goes for the 1st clothes horse.


28 posted on 10/30/2013 6:51:55 AM PDT by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Actually, I hope they keep her in charge of it. Judging by her track record, she’ll just screw it up more, and that’s a good thing. She needs to keep it screwed up until the Thug-In-Chief’s term of office is finished, and then maybe his successor can be induced to to scrap it, since Soetero’s massive ego will no longer be a factor.


29 posted on 10/30/2013 6:53:04 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: demshateGod

I agree. We need to stop letting them hold us to standards which they sneer at and ignore when it’s one of their own. “Macaca”?


30 posted on 10/30/2013 6:55:35 AM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

translation: Confirmation hearings for her replacement would be an absolute bloodbath.


31 posted on 10/30/2013 6:56:06 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: NEMDF

I say keep the whole pack of incompetents. We don’t want them to get fired, we want them to fail MISERABLY.

We should keep our mouths shut and just sit back and watch them sink their own ship.


32 posted on 10/30/2013 6:58:43 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They are nuts.


33 posted on 10/30/2013 7:15:07 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“Should any Republicans have stepped down?” he asked in reference to GOP lawmakers who have repeatedly attempted to impede the law’s implementation.

Rockerfeller gets the prize for "non sequitur" of the year.

34 posted on 10/30/2013 7:20:26 AM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: convocation
They played a Jay Carney clip saying five percent would lose their insurance.

I also caught that on the radio this morning on my drive to work (but you couldn't pay me to listen to NPR!).

5% of ~ 300M Americans would be 15M without insurance ... which is pretty much the number of uninsured BEFORE Obamacare was foisted upon us! (if you deduct the illegals and those who could afford insurance but chose to not carry it)

35 posted on 10/30/2013 7:25:02 AM PDT by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: sergeantdave

“Print her face on cereal boxes, milk cartons and manhole covers.”

I was thinking of urinal cakes, but the others will do.


36 posted on 10/30/2013 7:58:23 AM PDT by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: GeronL

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions that by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.”- Thomas Sowell


37 posted on 10/30/2013 7:59:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: basil
"He (Schumer) predicted the law’s glitches “will be forgotten rather quickly in our fast-moving world.”

Nice try, Chuckie. I'd rather liken Obamacare's problems to a person with a sore foot....they're reminded EVERY step they take.

38 posted on 10/30/2013 8:18:07 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: liberalh8ter

Duly stolen for an updated tag line! ;-P


39 posted on 10/30/2013 8:23:16 AM PDT by MortMan (We've gone from ‘failure is not an option’ to ‘failure is not an obstacle’.)
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To: convocation
Thanks to Landrieu, we now know that the disastrous rollout of the website and the fact that millions of Americans will lose the health-care plan they wanted to keep are all the fault of people at Tea Party rallies holding signs expressing opposition to Obamacare.

We peasants don't understand how the world works. Smart politicians like Landrieu do.

40 posted on 10/30/2013 8:30:49 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: sergeantdave

BINGO

keep ol’ Cruella one-eye Sebelius

she’s the very embodiment of obamacare

statist “wisdom compassion and efficiency”

after her practice shot in Philly last summer denying that dying child a place on the lung transplant list (which her doctors recommended) think of how many organ transplants, hip replacements and chemotherapy regimes One-eye is going to get to turn down

There is no one better qualified for the job of chief gatekeeper between US citizens and their doctors


41 posted on 10/30/2013 8:31:40 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: sergeantdave

“... Print her face on cereal boxes, milk cartons and manhole covers...”

Urinals too...


42 posted on 10/30/2013 8:32:44 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: MortMan
I'm honored!
43 posted on 10/30/2013 8:45:07 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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44 posted on 10/30/2013 8:53:26 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: FreeperCell

Yea—that too.

We are severely screwed as far as I can tell........


45 posted on 10/30/2013 9:03:32 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Of course they will close ranks. Thats their greatest strength,,,unity. The GOP and conservatives? They will rip each others throats out. The GOP and conservatives consider each other the greatest enemy,,,not bam-bam or the donk party or libs. Meanwhile the libs just sit back with their bag of popcorn and enjoy the show.


46 posted on 10/30/2013 9:20:26 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The darn thing is a half a billion dollars over budget, talk about reparations!!!


47 posted on 10/30/2013 10:07:37 AM PDT by Foolsgold (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Well, If the GOP got a billion dollars of media time donated annually they’d be able to hang together. They still can’t believe they’ll hang apart.


48 posted on 10/30/2013 10:09:01 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; GeronL

Silly-bus

Saul Alinsky’s rules #13, #5, and #8.

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
“Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”


49 posted on 10/30/2013 10:40:05 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’d never heard her speak before today.
What an incredibly annoying voice.
I realize she comes from a long line of politicians (the spawn of idiot Ohio Gov Gilligan).
But Lord, how did this woman get elected Gov of Kansas?


50 posted on 10/30/2013 10:42:39 AM PDT by nascarnation (Frequently wrong but rarely in doubt....)
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