Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won
Vox ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ezra Klein

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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; demagogicparty; democrats; ezraklein; kansas; kathleensebelius; memebuilding; obama; obamacare; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; sebelius; sylviamathewsburwell; whistlepastgraveyard; zerocare
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-70 next last
Black is White. Up is Down. War is peace. Freedom is Slavery.
1 posted on 04/10/2014 8:38:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obamacare won and the people lost.
Not so fast, Lucifer dies in the lake of fire.


2 posted on 04/10/2014 8:41:03 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Under the bus. Ezra Klein is a liar.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 8:42:25 PM PDT by ozzymandus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is either delusional or this country is done.


4 posted on 04/10/2014 8:42:30 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

A smell eminates from my screen. Stinks of BS.


5 posted on 04/10/2014 8:42:32 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I knew this kind of silliness was going to start once they started legalizing pot.


6 posted on 04/10/2014 8:42:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d claim cognitive dissonance, but this guy is a world-class liar.


7 posted on 04/10/2014 8:43:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

I’m laughing so hard my sides hurt!


8 posted on 04/10/2014 8:44:10 PM PDT by Castigar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

A smell eminates from my screen. Stinks of BS.


9 posted on 04/10/2014 8:44:20 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


10 posted on 04/10/2014 8:45:20 PM PDT by biff (WAS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Healthcare.gov isn’t perfect, but it works.”

Define “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.


11 posted on 04/10/2014 8:45:26 PM PDT by DemforBush (The scourge of mariachis and polka bands everywhere.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fkabuckeyesrule

They are not mutually exclusive.


12 posted on 04/10/2014 8:46:11 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK so Obama can also show that he won by resigning. In fact, every Democrat should resign. That will really show us up!


13 posted on 04/10/2014 8:46:26 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama is the biggest joke. But I can't laugh.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Besides his online contributions, Klein worked on Howard Dean’s primary campaign in Vermont in 2003


14 posted on 04/10/2014 8:46:35 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
7 Mil << 30 Mil

Net is even worse; approx. 0.

Like Zer0 hisself.

15 posted on 04/10/2014 8:47:06 PM PDT by Paladin2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
And Sebelius can leave with her head held high. She can leave with the law she helped build looking, shockingly, like a success.

And I am the queen of England.

5.56mm

16 posted on 04/10/2014 8:47:15 PM PDT by M Kehoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


17 posted on 04/10/2014 8:47:35 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

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?

http://news.yahoo.com/kathleen-sebelius-resigning-top-hhs-post-223809439—politics.html;_ylt=A0LEV1YzUkdTADkA6RBXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0bzBqdHR2BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDM0Nl8x


18 posted on 04/10/2014 8:47:46 PM PDT by SouthernClaire (GOD BLESS AMERICA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

What else can one expect from this Journolist propagandist?


19 posted on 04/10/2014 8:48:25 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


20 posted on 04/10/2014 8:49:23 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

In February 2007 Klein created a Google Groups forum called “JournoList” for discussing politics and the news media. The forum’s membership was controlled by Klein and limited to “several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics”. Posts within JournoList were intended only to be made and read by its members. Klein defended the forum saying that it “[ensures] that folks feel safe giving off-the-cuff analysis and instant reactions”. JournoList member, and Time magazine columnist, Joe Klein added that the off-the-record nature of the forum was necessary because “candor is essential and can only be guaranteed by keeping these conversations private”.

The existence of JournoList was first publicly revealed in a July 27, 2007, blog post by blogger Mickey Kaus. However, the forum did not attract serious attention until March 17, 2009, when an article published on Politico detailed the nature of the forum and the extent of its membership. The Politico article set off debate within the Blogosphere over the ethics of participating in JournoList and raised questions about its purpose. The first public excerpt of a discussion within JournoList was posted by Mickey Kaus on his blog on March 26, 2009.

In addition to Ezra Klein, members of JournoList included, among others: Jeffrey Toobin, Eric Alterman, Paul Krugman, Joe Klein (no relation to Ezra Klein), Matthew Yglesias, and Jonathan Chait.

On June 25, 2010, Ezra Klein announced in his Washington Post blog that he would be terminating the JournoList group. This decision was instigated by fellow blogger Dave Weigel’s resignation from the Post following the public exposure of several of his JournoList emails about conservative media figures.

Klein had justified excluding conservative Republicans from participation as “not about fostering ideology but preventing a collapse into flame war. The emphasis is on empiricism, not ideology”.


21 posted on 04/10/2014 8:49:31 PM PDT by kcvl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ezra Klein writes while wearing a DNA stained blue dress.


22 posted on 04/10/2014 8:51:44 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

As a postscript, Vet, loonies like Klein would save us a lot of time if they would introduce articles like this one with:

“Attention comrades! Comrades, I have glorious news for you!”


23 posted on 04/10/2014 8:52:48 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

As a postscript, Vet, loonies like Klein would save us a lot of time if they would introduce articles like this one with:

“Attention comrades! Comrades, I have glorious news for you!”


24 posted on 04/10/2014 8:52:49 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dear friends, the Republicans make too much of Sebelius' resignation! They haven't liked Obamacare from Day One. She resigned not because it failed but as a result of Mission Accomplished! Her successor has an enviable legacy. No matter what they say or do - the critics can't find anything superior to Obamacare. Their spin is as pathetic as their lies. We will win in November and the Republicans will be shocked to discover the country really does want to keep Obamacare. And its flaws - aren't there always some in life? - are well on the way to being fixed. All they are is nattering nabobs of negativism. But they can't argue with the fact people have signed up. You go girl - you go - out with your head held high for making affordable health care a reality at last for millions of Americans.

25 posted on 04/10/2014 8:52:56 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
And Sebelius can leave with her head held high. She can leave with the law she helped build looking, shockingly, like a success.

Did the author of this take lessons from Tokyo Rose?

26 posted on 04/10/2014 8:53:07 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ezra Klein. Pffft. A typical liberal pretentious twerp.


27 posted on 04/10/2014 8:53:22 PM PDT by A message
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won”

I have come to the conclusion that arguing with a liberal/progressive is like the Dead Parrot sketch in Monty Python. The parrot is clearly dead and nailed to the perch but the liberal will tell you it’s resting or it’s pining for the fjords.

They will literally say ANYTHING and what’s worse is, people will believe them!


28 posted on 04/10/2014 8:53:46 PM PDT by Castigar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tumblindice

(Sorry about the stutter, but this is Orwellian through-and-through.)


29 posted on 04/10/2014 8:54:32 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

Yes, I posted threads about Weigel:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2541945/posts

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2553375/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3034158/posts


30 posted on 04/10/2014 8:55:02 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: dragnet2

See my post! Don’t I give great spin? Ezra Klein should be fired. :)


31 posted on 04/10/2014 8:55:49 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: kcvl

“On June 25, 2010, Ezra Klein announced in his Washington Post blog that he would be terminating the JournoList group. This decision was instigated by fellow blogger Dave Weigel’s resignation from the Post following the public exposure of several of his JournoList emails about conservative media figures.”

But Dave Weigel resigned because JournoList won!


32 posted on 04/10/2014 8:58:14 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama is the biggest joke. But I can't laugh.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s right. The House GOP is already surrendering. The Chamber of Crony Capitalism likes it. ObamaCare will never be repealed.


33 posted on 04/10/2014 8:58:27 PM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FlingWingFlyer

:)


34 posted on 04/10/2014 8:59:50 PM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: tumblindice

You got to hand it to the Left, they really do know how to make silk out of a sow’s ear.


35 posted on 04/10/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

36 posted on 04/10/2014 9:05:20 PM PDT by Slyfox
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

“See my post! Don’t I give great spin? Ezra Klein should be fired. :)”

Then he’ll say that means he really really won


37 posted on 04/10/2014 9:06:10 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obama is the biggest joke. But I can't laugh.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

” A new team ...can be brought in to continue to improve the law.”

Silly me. I thought once voted on, a law was a law and could not be changed or “improved”.


38 posted on 04/10/2014 9:08:20 PM PDT by kik5150
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ari-freedom

My point is these people live in a fantasy world with no acknowledgment of reality. The way they see it - the symbolism of Obamacare is more important than whether it actually made health care insurance accessible to the previously uninsured.


39 posted on 04/10/2014 9:09:52 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: kik5150

That’s why Obama has flexibility.


40 posted on 04/10/2014 9:10:58 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was sure this was satire until I saw Ezra Klein.


41 posted on 04/10/2014 9:15:25 PM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ari-freedom

LOL!


42 posted on 04/10/2014 9:16:59 PM PDT by funfan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

What did you expect him to say?

[He was thinking no one would recognize him without his hot chocolate and onesies.]

43 posted on 04/10/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: demshateGod

Democrats don’t believe in satire. If it was any one but Klein, it would be a laugh riot!


44 posted on 04/10/2014 9:19:17 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

Her having to leave, means the numbers of signups is closer to one million than the seven million claimed.

Soon Carney will saying they don’t understand how she could be so far off and how sad it is they cannot question her about it.


45 posted on 04/10/2014 9:20:26 PM PDT by NoLibZone (The bad news: Hillary Clinton will be the next President. The Good news: Our principles are intact.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NoLibZone

Yeah, she’ll be on vacation in Patagonia or Siberia.


46 posted on 04/10/2014 9:22:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obamacare has won. And that's why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.

Or, the administration had Kathleen agree to stay for six months so it wouldn't look like she was fleeing a debacle. IOW, it's all about managing the "optics".

47 posted on 04/10/2014 9:24:33 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet

So in the end, all it took for obamacare to win, was to fabricate compliant enrollment numbers. They knew that so-called journalists would run interference against doubters and would assist in propagating the lie.


48 posted on 04/10/2014 9:28:02 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 2ndDivisionVet
More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges.

These people could have purchased insurance BEFORE the exchange was built - DUMBASS - this just added a stupid bureaucracy on TOP of purchasing insurance (I'm certain there are no costs for that - unless you count the MILLIONS to build non-working websites)! AND, at least 5 million Americans LOST their insurance, so at best you are looking at a 2 million increase (far from the 40-50 million uninsured, whom this law was designed to help)!

Millions more have signed up through Medicaid.

Uh...NO, these millions are included in that 7 million - DUMBASS! You make it sound like those who were elegible for Medicaid/Medicare couldn't get it before ObamaCare and that they are another million+ on top of the the 7 million - no they are NOT!

And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers.

And once again, something that they could have done BEFORE the law!

I just don't understand how these people can pat themselves on the back for getting people to do something that is now technically the LAW! That's like the police throwing a party because most people actually follow the posted speed limit! WOO-HOO! More importantly, I really don't understand how these idiots can be proud and proclaim "success" when a program, designed to help 40-50 million has ACTUALLY only helped less than a million! WOO-HOO!
49 posted on 04/10/2014 9:28:46 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goldstategop

The choir may be lapping it up, but we ‘comrades’ seated in the pews have our mouths open or are covering our mouths to keep from laughing.
This stuff is risible. We non-Democrat Inner Party stalwarts don’t have the ability to ‘double-think’ a silk purse from this sow’s ear.


50 posted on 04/10/2014 9:30:34 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-70 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson