Skip to comments.Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won
Posted on 04/10/2014 8:38:55 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Obamacare has won. And that's why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.
Calls for Sebelius's resignation were almost constant after Obamacare's catastrophic launch. The problem wasn't just that Sebelius had presided over the construction of a fantastically expensive web site that flatly didn't work. It was that she didn't know healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. And so the White House didn't know that healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. The demands that Sebelius to step down or be fired were as deafening inside the building as outside of it.
But President Obama refused. As National Journal's Major Garrett reported, Obama believes that "scaring people with a ceremonial firing deepens fear, turns allies against one another, makes them risk-averse, and saps productivity." Moreover, there was too much to be done to fire one of the few people who knew how to finish the job. Sebelius would stay. The White House wouldn't panic in ways that made it harder to save the law.
The evidence has piled up in recent weeks that the strategy worked. Obamacare's first year, despite a truly horrific start, was a success. More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Millions more have signed up through Medicaid. And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers.
Healthcare.gov isn't perfect, but it works. We don't yet know how many young people signed up in March, but it's clear that there are enough of them to keep premiums stable in 2015. It's clear that insurers are going to stick with the program in 2015, and compete hard to sign up next year's wave of young, healthy applicants.
Even Republicans committed to the law's repeal are admitting that the law is back on its expected track. "The rollout made Obamacare's collapse seem like a possibility," wrote Ramesh Ponnuru at Bloomberg View. But "now that it's resolved, the debate continues basically along the same lines that everyone expected a year ago. The law will continue to be implemented, with the administration making whatever revisions it thinks necessary."
The White House says Sebelius notified the President in March that "she felt confident in the trajectory for enrollment and implementation," and that once open enrollment ended, "it would be the right time to transition the Department to new leadership."
In other words, the law has won its survival. The Obama administration can exhale. Personnel changes can be made. A new team led by Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who the White House calls a proven manager can be brought in to continue to improve the law. And Sebelius can leave with her head held high. She can leave with the law she helped build looking, shockingly, like a success.
Obamacare won and the people lost.
Not so fast, Lucifer dies in the lake of fire.
Under the bus. Ezra Klein is a liar.
He is either delusional or this country is done.
A smell eminates from my screen. Stinks of BS.
I knew this kind of silliness was going to start once they started legalizing pot.
I’d claim cognitive dissonance, but this guy is a world-class liar.
“Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won”
I’m laughing so hard my sides hurt!
A smell eminates from my screen. Stinks of BS.
Why do I hate these people so badly? I have never, ever had such roiling hate as I do for this generation of Democrats.
I never in my life thought I would wish a president to drop dead. All the rest of them I would be happy with in prison for the rest of their life.
I guess they hated Bush II this bad.
“Healthcare.gov isn’t perfect, but it works.”
“We don’t yet know how many young people signed up in March, but it’s clear that there are enough of them to keep premiums stable in 2015.”
Ah-huh, because premiums haven’t been going up or anything every since this disaster became law and stuff.
They are not mutually exclusive.
OK so Obama can also show that he won by resigning. In fact, every Democrat should resign. That will really show us up!
Besides his online contributions, Klein worked on Howard Dean’s primary campaign in Vermont in 2003
Net is even worse; approx. 0.
Like Zer0 hisself.
And I am the queen of England.
The Washington Post’s formerly best Winston Smith, lefty tool Ezra Klein.
I have neckties older than this liberal shill. And he set off my gaydar.
Good grief! Take a look at the photo of Sebelius on Yahoo!
It took me a minute to understand the face. Is it just me?
What else can one expect from this Journolist propagandist?
Obamacare was a victory like Benghazi was a victory like Obama’s economic policies have been a victory like his foreign policy is a victory like the R party leadership leads to victory. Let’s all go celebrate all our victories.