Sebelius, WH tactics on ObamaCare dissent “thuggery”

posted at 10:55 am on September 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Last week, I wrote about the threat from Kathleen Sebelius to lock out insurers who dared to dissent from the official ObamaCare line of lower costs and bigger benefits for all.  Today, both Michael Barone and the Wall Street Journal attack the White House and Sebelius for their “thuggery” in attempting to silence straightforward and rational criticisms as well as perfectly predictable increases in premium rates from accelerated mandates.  Barone calls this an example of “gangster government“:

And there’s a threat. “We will also keep track of insurers with a record of unjustified rate increases: Those plans may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014.”

That’s a significant date, the first year in which state insurance exchanges are slated to get a monopoly on the issuance of individual health insurance policies. Sebelius is threatening to put health insurers out of business in a substantial portion of the market if they state that Obamacare is boosting their costs.

“Congress shall make no law,” reads the First Amendment, “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

Sebelius’ approach is different: “zero tolerance” for dissent.

The threat to use government regulation to destroy or harm someone’s business because they disagree with government officials is thuggery. Like the Obama administration’s transfer of money from Chrysler bondholders to its political allies in the United Auto Workers, it is a form of gangster government.

The WSJ puts its objections to Sebelius’ “thuggery” in an editorial today:

Witness Kathleen Sebelius’s Thursday letter to America’s Health Insurance Plans, the industry trade group—a thuggish message even by her standards. The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insurers have been attributing part of their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare and warned that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

Zero tolerance for expressing an opinion, or offering an explanation to policyholders? They’re more subtle than this in Caracas. …

This is nasty stuff and an obvious attempt to shift political blame for rising insurance costs before the election. It’s also an early sign of life under ObamaCare, when all health-care decisions are political and the bureaucrats decide who can charge how much for a service or product.

The WSJ offers an explanation of this reaction, which is that the Obama administration clearly doesn’t understand risk pools.  When one increases the cost in risk pools, premiums go up.  Imposing new mandates on coverage increases costs.  What’s so difficult to understand about these premium increases?

Nothing, if one understands the industry and its pricing mechanisms, which the White House obviously does not.  They do, however, understand the political costs of rising premiums in the wake of ObamaCare’s passage, and they are using political intimidation to prevent the damage.  They have no other way to react; they have locked themselves into a corner with ObamaCare, and contra Nancy Pelosi, the more this rolls out, the more people will understand that the White House has created another way for health costs to go up without delivering better care.

Yes, this is thuggery, but in a free-market system, it would be an empty threat.  This is precisely the reason why government should not run private-sector industries — the management of these systems becomes political rather than fiduciary or achievement based.  And it’s started already.


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Revolt–remember in November.

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Thuggery, buggery, & skull-duggery!!!

abobo on September 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Welcome to Chavezville. Next stop, jail.

NJ Red on September 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

As the Tea Party sign says, “I can see November from my house too!”

Christian Conservative on September 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

This white-haired witch is quite a prize.

Jaibones on September 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

My thoughts:

1. The democrats need a way to change reality to fit their theories.

2. It is all irrelevant, since the HC bill is destined to die a slow, painful death.

Vashta.Nerada on September 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

And there’s a threat. “We will also keep track of insurers with a record of unjustified rate increases: Those plans may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014.”

There’s another threat, Madam Secretary. There will be a different President in 2014, and you be excluded from the HHS office at that time.

Steve Z on September 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Ah, the stench of Chicago-style politics…now in impossible-to-swallow caplets!

EyeSurgeon on September 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I just recd an email from my employer asking m,e to contact my two senators (Boxer, Fienstein) to ask them to repeal a portion of the HR 5297 that requires businesses to complete 1099 forms for any business-to-business transactions totaling at least $600. This is due to the recently enacted helathcare law. I figure that my company alone will have to file close to 10,000 1099’s.

What a bunch of losers in Congress. GOP is the party of no? Then I believe the donkes are the party of “who gives a sh!t about business”.

jbh45 on September 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

What did we expect? In numerous instances throughout this onerous bill, there is references to “The Secretary shall “x” or “y” and….”—basically giving the HHS secretary broad based powers to wield power and, act thuggishly. This Obamacare legislation is a seizure of power from people and individual companies to determine how they interact with the government and ultimately how they feel. I will not stand for it, it will be opposed, we are commanded to live as free men but to submit to the authorities—and yes, there is such a thing as righteous dissent….and it is occurring.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

[best Gommer Pyle voice] “Surprise, Surprise”

Skandia Recluse on September 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

This white-haired witch is quite a prize.

Jaibones on September 13, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I’d hit it.

not really.

rollthedice on September 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

repeal

SDarchitect on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Rush Limbaugh said it great once that there will come a time when we will seize the power of this government that they are building and use it against people such as this. Kathleen Sebelius and her merry band of henchmen will someday come up against “We the People” and the pain train is going to make a delivery.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Is anyone suprised that Obama doesn’t understand insurance? After all, at the Blair House gathering, didn’t Obama offer a longwinded personal anecdote that shows he still harbors resentment because his auto insurer didn’t cover the cost of collision repair for damage done to his “beater” by another driver when either the damage didn’t exceed his collision deductible or Obama carried only liability–and not collision–coverage.

Obama is a moron and a thug. He can’t manage his own life; how did Americans allow him to control our lives?

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Gangster government is exactly what this is.

That is why it is so unsettling to all of us out here in real America. This agenda was really a surprize… and that it could be implemented with so little complaint from what we assumed were under it all freedom loving Democrats.

How did we not know how power hungry and ethically bankrupt Sebelius was? How did so many criminals gather power to themselves under the radar like this.

Well now we know. And we can’t let people forget what Democrats are truly like. They can never have the reins of power again if we are to remain a free people.

And their judges must go too. That is going to be hard but we simply cannot have people who think they know so much more than the American people willy nilly changing laws from the bench.

petunia on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

There’s another threat, Madam Secretary. There will be a different President in 2014, and you be excluded from the HHS office at that time.

Steve Z on September 13, 2010 at 11:02 AM

She’s gonna be managing a Crate and Barrel long before then…..

BigWyo on September 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

And it’s started already.

No.

It started last year when they used this same thuggery to get medical industries to sign on to the health care socialization bill… or else. Then they did it again last Spring when Waxman threatened to string them all up on charges for having the audacity to follow the law.

Shut it down. Shut it down NOW.

Skywise on September 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

It won’t be any better for individual customers either:

If you have a beef with a private company (insurance company or anything else), you can turn to government regulators or to the courts to arbitrate the dispute.

If the government runs or controls the industry, you get a boot to the face if you gripe.

How’s that hopenchange treatin’ ya?

forest on September 13, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Will this disgraceful threat get any MSM converage? There are two aspects to it, the thuggery itself, and its objective of covering the lie that Obamacare was going to save money, one that the president himself is backing away from.

Drained Brain on September 13, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Health care premiums are jumping as a result of ObamaCare next year. As are taxes.

Thanks, Team Blue!

The little guy is in your debt.

Good Lt on September 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM

What, you mean the people who think they know what is best for me I am a workhorse used to make money for them to spend as they please don’t like being told “no”?

Get outta here!

Aquateen Hungerforce on September 13, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Rush Limbaugh said it great once that there will come a time when we will seize the power of this government that they are building and use it against people such as this. Kathleen Sebelius and her merry band of henchmen will someday come up against “We the People” and the pain train is going to make a delivery.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Imagine the fun next year if the GOP takes the House and takes over committees. Sebelius, Holder, Geithner summoned to testify.

As the Wilford Brimley character says in Absence of Malice,

“Wonderful thing, a subpoeny.’

Wethal on September 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

The administration might consider some of these campaign posters.

Mervis Winter on September 13, 2010 at 11:14 AM

I think the Santa list and the threat of being kept out of the exchanges if you speak ill of Obamacare comes awfully close to censorship. The government should not be telling private entities what they can and can’t say.

John on September 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Imagine the fun next year if the GOP takes the House and takes over committees. Sebelius, Holder, Geithner summoned to testify.

Wethal on September 13, 2010 at 11:12 AM

She better enjoy her secretariship while it lasts, because if the GOP thinks that all the spite that the Democrats have suffered over the last year was reserved for them,–they are wrong—they had better wield the subpoena like a broadsword at these fools. If Sebelius is found to have committed crimes, or if Holder either, I would hope they take an arrogant stance and that they are held in contempt of congress and summarily jailed.

ted c on September 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Thuggery, buggery, & skull-duggery!!!

abobo on September 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Barney Frank’s office just called…he wants his campaign slogan back….

RedMindBlueState on September 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

NOVEMBER 2010-REPEAL OBAMACARE
NOVEMBER 2012-RECALL THOSE OCCUPYING 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE

I can see 2 Novembers from my house……

huskerdiva on September 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

“The smartest people in the room” will find out in November just how stupid they really are.

kingsjester on September 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Better watch out Ed, the Reich Minister for Health doesn’t tolerate dissent.

As for this administration’s manner of enforcement, it’s called “The Chicago Way”.

GarandFan on September 13, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Barone calls this an example of “gangster government“

And President Notorious B.I.G. is leading the gang of ganstas.

UltimateBob on September 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM

The threat to use government regulation to destroy or harm someone’s business because they disagree with government officials is thuggery criminal.

darwin on September 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM

“The smartest people in the room” will find out in November just how stupid they really are.

kingsjester on September 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

+1,000

huskerdiva on September 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Yes, that little tale revealed quite a lot about Barry’s entitlement mentality. He believes that if you have insurance, it should cover everything, regardless of what the insurance contract actually says it covers, or how little you paid for it.

Barry seems to think insurance companies have giant piles of unlimited money, and should hand it out freely, without any questions or conditions, to anyone who makes a claim. That’s pretty much the same way he sees the federal government, too.

AZCoyote on September 13, 2010 at 11:26 AM

The threat to use government regulation to destroy or harm someone’s business because they disagree with government officials is thuggery criminal impeachable.

darwin on September 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM

FIFY :-)

huskerdiva on September 13, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Ed sez:

The WSJ offers an explanation of this reaction, which is that the Obama administration clearly doesn’t understand risk pools. When one increases the cost in risk pools, premiums go up. Imposing new mandates on coverage increases costs. What’s so difficult to understand about these premium increases?

Nothing, if one understands the industry and its pricing mechanisms, which the White House obviously does not.

Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed….

Are you still, at this point, so willing to give the motivations of this ideologue and his administration the benefit of the doubt? You honestly think they don’t understand how their plot is going to disrupt insurance risk pools? You really think that increasing costs and resulting increasing premiums is an unintended consequence?

Please, sir. You have the captive eyes of thousands of people per day who look to your analysis. America needs for you to get this right, and rid yourself of the proclivity to offer Obama the benefit of the doubt.

After all he’s done, and all he’s shown, there can be no doubt about his intentions, in this or any other area of policy.

IronDioPriest on September 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM

She’s gonna be managing a Crate and Barrel long before then…..

BigWyo on September 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I don’t know why, but I also believe she won’t last until 2012. I see a bus in her future.

Extrafishy on September 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

“zero tolerance” for dissent.

Standard MO for “this sorry band of men” and women.

Gang-of-One on September 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I don’t know why, but I also believe she won’t last until 2012. I see a bus in her future.

Extrafishy on September 13, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Thump, Thump, Thump……
Another sista gonna take one for Team Barry – either she is really stupid to have written this in a letter or is purposefully sacrficing herself for ‘the one’

huskerdiva on September 13, 2010 at 11:34 AM

The Democrats are about empowering the Bureaucrat to control every aspect of our lives. ObamaCare was always about control. The Democrats are today’s Totalitarians, make no mistake about that.

Blue Collar Todd on September 13, 2010 at 11:35 AM

After all he’s done, and all he’s shown, there can be no doubt about his intentions, in this or any other area of policy.

IronDioPriest on September 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I have also noticed his reluctance to connect the last remaining dots…at least for the record. Though I believe he has reasoned it out, his credibility with his fellow bloggers is important to him and he doesn’t want to weaken that by being seen as “fringe” (wrongly) by his peers.

Extrafishy on September 13, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I just recd an email from my employer asking m,e to contact my two senators (Boxer, Fienstein) to ask them to repeal a portion of the HR 5297 that requires businesses to complete 1099 forms for any business-to-business transactions totaling at least $600. This is due to the recently enacted helathcare law. I figure that my company alone will have to file close to 10,000 1099′s.

jbh45 on September 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

Let’s hope that this administration does not find out who your employer is…
What Sebilius has done is the worst thing possible in a democracy…stifling dissent with political threats.
What she stated should be a federal offense…nothing goes more against the grain then having the freedom to express yourself, without incrimination, against a political opponent or policy.
This is a crime against the state…against the people…

right2bright on September 13, 2010 at 11:42 AM

All socialist fascists and communists have proven in history to be thugs and gangsters, and they all fail, eventually, but after they give destruction and death to the people they claim to be oh so concerned about.

Dhuka on September 13, 2010 at 11:43 AM

It started last year [snip]

Skywise on September 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

You are not even close. Not the right decade. Not the right century. Not even the right millenium.

Gore triggered the anti-dubya movement when he did not accept the results of the 2000 election. And. Moveon was founded as a “non-partisan” response to the move to impeach Clinton in 1998. Moveon kept up the pretense of being non-partisan for almost a year. Soros was involved within the Clinton administration well before that.

The opposition in the Reagan years was just as vociferous but much less well-organized. We could have used a Tea Party back then but the danger was not as obvious as Obama is.

gh on September 13, 2010 at 11:44 AM

In another example of vital statistics being grossly distorted by a combination of poor record keeping and possibly people with a selfish agenda, it is being reported in the Guardian and elsewhere that possibly hundreds of thousands of people over age 100 in Japan are actually dead, but unreported. Investigations are now underway to determine how much of this problem is due to record keeping problems and how much to family members failing to report the deaths of their elderly relatives in order to continue to collect their pension benefits by fraudulent means.

In this country, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, would be prevented by the DOJ Voting Rights Section from removing these people from the roles of HHS beneficiaries for fear the rights of the dead might be violated (but of course that wouldn’t stop the IRS). Instead, she is traveling the road less taken to intimidate health care companies.

J_Crater on September 13, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Obama is a moron and a thug. He can’t manage his own life; how did Americans allow him to control our lives?

BuckeyeSam on September 13, 2010 at 11:04 AM

How? Well, a majority of American voters are morons. Isn’t that obvious?

And I’m not as confident as many HotAir posters that anything has changed, at least not enough. I really hope it has, but hope does not equal reality. I was at a NYT link from here and reading the comments did not inspire my hope for the future.

pannw on September 13, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Ed sez:

The WSJ offers an explanation of this reaction, which is that the Obama administration clearly doesn’t understand risk pools. When one increases the cost in risk pools, premiums go up. Imposing new mandates on coverage increases costs. What’s so difficult to understand about these premium increases?

Nothing, if one understands the industry and its pricing mechanisms, which the White House obviously does not.

Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed, Ed….

Are you still, at this point, so willing to give the motivations of this ideologue and his administration the benefit of the doubt? You honestly think they don’t understand how their plot is going to disrupt insurance risk pools? You really think that increasing costs and resulting increasing premiums is an unintended consequence?

Please, sir. You have the captive eyes of thousands of people per day who look to your analysis. America needs for you to get this right, and rid yourself of the proclivity to offer Obama the benefit of the doubt.

After all he’s done, and all he’s shown, there can be no doubt about his intentions, in this or any other area of policy.

IronDioPriest on September 13, 2010 at 11:28 AM

You are absolutely right, Iron. O-Bow-Mao’s intentions are abundantly clear. I, for one, will give him no “benefit of the doubt” on any policy he has already passed or will in the future propose.

There is no question in my mind that he is a (pick one or all) Marxist, Socialist, Facist, and nothing good can or will come his administration.

My hope and prayer is that we retake the House on November 2 and that the R’s will drive a stake through the evil heart of Obamacare.

GrannyDee on September 13, 2010 at 11:48 AM

The WSJ offers an explanation of this reaction, which is that the Obama administration clearly doesn’t understand risk pools.

Oh, they understand, alright.

Everything is proceeding according to plan, with the exception that the populace isn’t rolling over and playing dead.

Put a check mark beside Sebelius’ name on the “to do” list for 2011 Congress.

hillbillyjim on September 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I was at a NYT link from here and reading the comments did not inspire my hope for the future.

pannw on September 13, 2010 at 11:48 AM

ROTFLMAO. Try the CBC (Canada – cbc.ca). For some reason Canadians who post to MSM sites seem to missing about 20 IQ points compared to Britons (e.g. daily-mail) or Americans. The national post is a bit better but not by much.

gh on September 13, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Shouldn’t the ” RE EDUCATION ” comment have been a clue ? sees like 1939 all over again
Cant wait to see the photo shop photos of her with that silver hair LOL

ELMO Q on September 13, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Remember, this administration thinks that auto liability coverage should pay to repair your car when it get rear-ended by another driver.

Kafir on September 13, 2010 at 11:57 AM

The insurance companies wanted Barry’s Big Medical System, and now they’re getting it good and hard.

Rae on September 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM

in a free-market system

BWAHAHAHAHA! Let me know if you stumble upon one of those, I sure haven’t seen one in a while.

RachDubya on September 13, 2010 at 12:01 PM

The Dems will only be happy when insurance companies are no longer sitting on giant piles of money.

I wonder how they think claims will be paid then?

hawksruleva on September 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM

The insurance companies wanted Barry’s Big Medical System, and now they’re getting it good and hard.

Rae on September 13, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Well said. There’s a lesson here for people who think they can get ahead by going along with government expansion. Eventually, the ravenous maw of government will consume you, too. Didn’t any of the insurance folks (or Walmart execs, who also supported the health plan) read Atlas Shrugged? In the end, expansive government hurts everyone, even the politicians “planning” the expansion.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

But… It Makes Its OWN GRAVY!!!

The state governments were doing a sublime job of making a mess and getting more graft, to boot.

Last time, I promise:

How about allowing us peons to buy in a national market and tossing out the illegals and giving careers, not cash and benefits, to the chronic poor?

IlikedAUH2O on September 13, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Remember, this administration thinks that auto liability coverage should pay to repair your car when it get rear-ended by another driver.

Kafir on September 13, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Heck, if it’s like the health care system, they want your oil changes paid for too, and envision a future where even your gas is paid for by the government.

hawksruleva on September 13, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Now Sebelius’ advocacy of “re-education” on Obamacare isn’t so funny anymore.

WannabeAnglican on September 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Of all the Cabinet appointments — yes, even including Eric Holder — Sebelius has so far come across as the one with the most authoritarian tendencies, who given the leeway, would have no problem trashing the Bill of Rights if it got in the way of what she saw as the proper behavior of individuals and business. She may come from Kansas, but her mindset is as Upper West Side/Berekely/Takoma Park/Hyde Park liberal dictatorial as you can get.

jon1979 on September 13, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Thanks for putting this together, Ed. I would only add that it’s rather amusing (or terrifying, take your pick) to hear the Obama administration complain about “misinformation” after all the misinformation lies they conspired to assembled and propagate in order to promote ObamaCare. Add the “Stimulus” to that and we’re in serious prevarication territory here.

Buy Danish on September 13, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Heads should be rolling over this thuggery.

~crickets~

petefrt on September 13, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Sebelius may try to muzzle the health insurance companies, but in the meantime WE THE PEOPLE can be telling everybody we know why our health insurance premiums are going up.

Educate your liberal friends!

Activate your conservative friends!

wren on September 13, 2010 at 12:22 PM

I’m still looking for a leading Democrat with a soul.

paul1149 on September 13, 2010 at 12:23 PM

Barone calls this an example of “gangster government“:

Also known as fascism.

Mussolini didn’t tolerate dissent either.

rbj on September 13, 2010 at 12:33 PM

I’m sorry, but “thuggery” *way* understates the situation.

It’s outright tyranny, and Sebelius should resign or be fired, and the media should hound Obama until she is gone.

Midas on September 13, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Unfortunately, all of the various types of people necessary for the rise of totalitarian regimes are ever present. By their standards, Sebelius is obviously in the right place at the right time.

FloatingRock on September 13, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Gore triggered the anti-dubya movement when he did not accept the results of the 2000 election. And. Moveon was founded as a “non-partisan” response to the move to impeach Clinton in 1998. Moveon kept up the pretense of being non-partisan for almost a year. Soros was involved within the Clinton administration well before that.

The opposition in the Reagan years was just as vociferous but much less well-organized. We could have used a Tea Party back then but the danger was not as obvious as Obama is.

gh on September 13, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Don’t forget the Dems’ brilliant collusion with the mainstream media to try and get a Democrat elected President in 2004, which included corrupting a once-proud news organization.

Want more? The Dems’ equally-brilliant collusion with the mainstream media to shift the blame from the corrupt and inept Democrats running Louisiana to Bush, after Katrina.

Del Dolemonte on September 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Good thing these tyrants aren’t going to be making life and death decisions about our heathcare…

And for reference:

Tyrant: an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution

[Merriam-Webster Dictionary]

Chip on September 13, 2010 at 1:18 PM

The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insurers have been attributing part of their 2011 premium increases to ObamaCare and warned that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.”

How far away are we from this:

The Health and Human Services secretary wrote that some insureds have been complaining about the quality, availability, and decision-making by HHS under ObamaCare and warned that “there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified hate speech.

“We will also keep track of these non-conformists: Those who continue may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014.”

BobMbx on September 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM

I’m waiting for November very impatiently. Sebelius belongs in Venezuela. She would see eye to eye with Chavez. Of course, so does Obama.

hachiban on September 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Remember Hillary screaming about dissent?

ultracon on September 13, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Who would ever think twenty years ago- that we would have gangsters and communists running the Country. These are the same tactics used by Communist Nations. No wonder they look up to Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro. They think just like them.

flintstone on September 13, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Torches! Pitch forks! COOKIE! (Just had one, need another :) )

ThePrez on September 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Imagine the fun next year if the GOP takes the House and takes over committees. Sebelius, Holder, Geithner summoned to testify.

So vote for the Republicans most likely to win, even if they aren’t your pet purists. Otherwise the GOP won’t take over any of those committees.

YehuditTX on September 13, 2010 at 8:33 PM

You note that this administration doesn’t understand pricing mechanism in the insuance industry. This administration, including the new head of the council of economic advisors, doesn’t understand anything about business. They (none of them) have ever fought the battles in the mercantile trenches, they have never met a payroll, they have never tired to make a profit, and they are going to ruin the country because of that misunderstanding.

georgeofthedesert on September 14, 2010 at 9:34 AM

1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are about to come true. We will deploy our Army of PC police, and let everyone know what level of power they will be loosing. Also, if they loose they will retire to an isolated island (preferably in Hawaii) to lay out new policies and attack plans.

MSGTAS on September 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM

Of all the Cabinet appointments — yes, even including Eric Holder — Sebelius has so far come across as the one with the most authoritarian tendencies, who given the leeway, would have no problem trashing the Bill of Rights if it got in the way of what she saw as the proper behavior of individuals and business. She may come from Kansas, but her mindset is as Upper West Side/Berekely/Takoma Park/Hyde Park liberal dictatorial as you can get.

jon1979 on September 13, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Dr. Raymond Cocteau (Demolition Man)

tom on September 14, 2010 at 11:27 AM