Sebelius: We don’t know what ObamaCare costs will be

posted at 11:36 am on April 23, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Think of this as a companion piece to the sudden recognition that massive government interventions cost more than they save. On Wednesday, Kathleen Sebelius appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the appropriations for high-risk pool subsidies that ObamaCare provides to the states. The bill appropriated $5 billion for this program, but as Sebelius tells the committee, that was just a spit-balling number. In reality, no one has the faintest clue how much money will actually get spent on this program, via Breitbart TV and Naked Emperor News:

CMS is the actuary for Medicare and Medicaid, which warned that the forecasting in ObamaCare was hopelessly optimistic, and this appears to be one of those areas in which they’ll be proven right more quickly than most. The states will face billions of dollars each in new mandated Medicaid spending. What’s the likelihood of them not joining a subsidy program to cover high-risk enrollees? About the same probability of Obama scheduling a prime-time press conference tonight or skipping his golf game tomorrow. Not only will the $5 billion disappear twice as fast as Sebelius and the Obama administration predicted, it may go even faster than that.

But don’t worry — Congress knew exactly what they were doing when they passed the bill. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

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Or even better- progressives.
When all of these euphemisms carry the connotation of what they really are, as they inevitably do, what happy word will they finally end up with?
I wouldn’t be surprised to see them calling themselves “unicorns” or “lovable little bunnies” come 2015 or so.

justltl on April 23, 2010 at 1:22 PM

What needs to disappear is Sibelius and the Obama administration as fast as is humanly possible.

jeanie on April 23, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Campaign spot for any republican, take one!

“We really don’t know, sir”

It’s a wrap!

Politics ain’t local this year.

DanMan on April 23, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Just one more liberal CUPID STUNT!!! Almost as dumb as Hillary,Maxine,Valarie,Joan Walsh ect.

nukeemnow on April 23, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Hmmm Crr and other trolls mysteriously absent. /

CWforFreedom on April 23, 2010 at 1:40 PM

But don’t worry — Congress knew exactly what they were doing when they passed the bill. Riiiiiiiiiiiight.

Actually, I think they did know exactly what they were doing. They wanted a bill, any bill, no matter who liked it or how they were going to pay for it. They could care less who liked it or how much it cost. It’s kind of like I imagine the government of North Korea or Iran does things.

scalleywag on April 23, 2010 at 1:45 PM

They finally did it. Now when I see these liars and thieves, I officially want to puke my guts out.

John the Libertarian on April 23, 2010 at 2:03 PM


Cloward-Piven. CLOWARD-PIVEN. This is a manufactured crisis. Obama doesn’t want situations to improve. He just wants time to put all his socialist/communist plans in place before we can do anything to turn the tide.

Cash for clunkers: check
Nationalized healthcare: check
Cap-n-trade: work in progress
Hyper-regulate wallstreet: work in progress
Cripple U.S. Military: work in progress
Alienate our allies: work in progress
Coddle with our enemies: work in progress

shick on April 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM

My only fear is conservatives will not be bold enough in the fall. They should make their run an explicit referendum on this administration and their enablers.

If they win they can claim a mandate and begin work immediately to dismantle this disaster and not waste time pussyfooting around.

R Square on April 23, 2010 at 2:45 PM

And if Conservatives can take over the House in November, this is how ObamaCare is stopped.

Don’t fund the additional money.

barnone on April 23, 2010 at 3:07 PM

“The night is darkest just before the dawn”

We just need to be strong, have courage, and vote these enemies of freedom out of office. Then get out the tar and feathers!!! LOL

search4truth on April 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Seriously…slap some black highlights in there and she’s Cruella DeVille.

BigWyo on April 23, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Why is it always a close contest with these loopy dems every election cycle? A vote for a democrat is the same as giving your bank accounts and credit cards to identity thieves. Maybe the point is to create more people without bank accounts or credit cards — those must be the people voting left.

Mark30339 on April 23, 2010 at 6:05 PM

She looks tired.

percysunshine on April 23, 2010 at 1:16 PM

That’s just a by-product of one’s extending their ostrich neck out and sticking their head in the sand. Not A BFD.

Teddy on April 24, 2010 at 4:17 AM