Sebelius: Certain stubborn states are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated

posted at 4:41 pm on April 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

At an event on Monday night, HHS Secretary Sebelius acknowledged some of the messiness of the ongoing ObamaCare implementation, but of course had at least one readily available excuse as to why the administration is so very unreasonably put-upon at the moment:

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that she did not anticipate how complicated implementing the president’s signature healthcare law would be.

“The politics has been relentless and that continues,” Sebelius said, according to Reuters. “There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles.”

Speaking to students at the Harvard School of Public Health, Sebelius said implementation had been hampered both by the law’s slow roll out and red-state governors and legislators who have rejected state-run insurance exchanges.

“It is very difficult when people live in a state where there is a daily declaration, ‘We will not participate in the law,’ for them to figure out whether they are going to benefit,” Sebelius said.

Oh, come on, now. The option was there for states to refuse to set up their own exchanges, in which case the federal government promised that they would pick up the slack — why would you ever, ever ‘hope’ that states that were vociferously against the whole thing would just roll over and sign up for the bureaucratic burden? As Joe Klein wondered over at TIME the other day, where was the contingency planning?

Anyhow, there are still a lot of finagling “one-on-one conversations with states” going on in terms of the proffered Medicaid expansion (because, free monies!), but how did the administration not manage to anticipate that at least half of the states wouldn’t want to volunteer to undertake an expensive administrative nightmare (not to mention shouldering the blame for any mishaps/mistakes) by designing their own exchanges? Ain’t nobody got time for that:

Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as “navigators” to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 could earn $20 an hour or more, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.

The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English — no matter what their native language is. …

It is still not clear how many navigators will be required. California, however, provides a hint. It wants 21,000.


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Hey Lady.

Get stuffed.

If I told many excuses as you and your cronies do – I’d be part of the 101 million unemployed Americans.

Defenestratus on April 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Tough Luck,toot’s.

SMACKRUNNER on April 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

This is a great idea. Half of America will be employed helping the other half of America to get free stuff from the government.

What could possibly go wrong?

NoDonkey on April 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

What? You mean that nobody bothered to take into account what possible unintended consequences could arise from the bill implementation? Nobody thought there was a need to talk to the States to find out if they would be willing and able to implement their share of the bill before it was passed? I don’t get it. How could this happen? /s

Mallard T. Drake on April 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Somebody needs a whhaaaaaambulance!

‘It’s obstructionism!’ It couldn’t possibly be because AMERICANS STILL DO NOT WANT TO EAT THE DOGFOOD. Nah.

It certainly couldn’t be because it is a NIGHTMARE…

Obamacare architect Rockefeller: It’s ‘beyond comprehension’

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, one of the towering architects of Obamacare, on Tuesday openly criticized program managers for not moving quickly enough to build the system, warning that if it gets off to a bumpy start it will just get worse.

Decrying the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as way too complex, he warned the acting Medicare director that Obamacare is “so complicated and if it isn’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse.”

The retiring senator also told Marilyn Tavenner at her Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearing to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that Obamacare rivals tax reform in its capacity to confuse Americans.

“I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress. Tax reform obviously has been huge too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension,” said Rockefeller.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sebelius is not very smart but she supports Dear Leader one hundred percent…so there’s that.

d1carter on April 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

There they go again. Those ignorant, pesky citizens who believe in the Constitution and won’t knuckle under to the really smart people in government. Why is she speaking at Harvard or any other school? Is she campaigning again? Doesn’t she have an office and a job that she is being paid to do?

rjh on April 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Sebelius is the ultimate CREEPY WOMAN.

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

i live in a goddamn democracy and if you don’t like it, get the hell out.
 
sesquipedalian on April 8, 2013 at 4:34 PM

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 4:48 PM

“The politics has been relentless and that continues,” Sebelius said, according to Reuters.

Because it couldn’t be that it is a horribly written law that creates a crushing financial impact on State governments. It HAS to be politics:’Those damn wingnuts. They just want to get back at Obama. Why don’t they roll over and take it, like we expected them to.’

Mallard T. Drake on April 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Once again, that whole concept of “We have to pass it so we can see what’s in it” comes back to bite Team 0bamacare on the ass.

Don’t ya just love it?

UltimateBob on April 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Cool hand Luke…”You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set, ’cause you gonna get your mind right”.

On Obamacare they are changing that…you will keep getting chains until you get your mind right.

teejk on April 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

They broke it.

They bought it.

This is what happens with top-down, one-size-fits-all government mandates on something as personal and individual as health insurance.

Obama and his acolytes failed to solve the problems they said they would, and have as a bonus given us a whole new raft of problems to deal with as well.

Good Lt on April 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Once again, that whole concept of “We have to pass it so we can see what’s in it” comes back to bite Team 0bamacare on the ass.

Don’t ya just love it?

UltimateBob on April 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Oddly enough, Nancy Pelosi is not available for comment.

Mallard T. Drake on April 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM

F these people.

Their only goal is to rule and to control.

They care no more about healthcare than they do about a baby in the womb.

F them.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Frau Sebelius discovers a few more “stubborn States” in need of re-education.

Stu Gotts on April 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

That’s right – blame it on the states…..

Remember – NOT ONE Republican voted for this crap…..

redguy on April 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.

At an event on Monday night, HHS Secretary Sebelius acknowledged some of the messiness of the ongoing ObamaCare implementation, but of course had at least one readily available excuse as to why the administration is so very unreasonably put-upon at the moment:

It is not an excuse, it’s a strategy. This is not incompetence, this is planned. The administration was fully aware that certain red states would refuse to create the exchanges. Now the Democrats are going to run full bore against the governors and senators and reps of the states that are intractable. They will use some version of what Sebelius is saying here, she’s getting the ball rolling:

“There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles…it is very difficult when people live in a state where there is a daily declaration, ‘We will not participate in the law,’ for them to figure out whether they are going to benefit.”

Democrats will be going right after those voters, people without insurance or who are paying through the nose because there are no exchanges.

Republicans are living in a fantasy land where irate citizens repeal Obamacare because it is unworkable. The reality is, irate citizens are going to repeal Republicans instead.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Those damn urban Cambodians just wouldn’t relocate to the countryside either. Didn’t they know that fresh air while working the soil was good for them?

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

The Republican response to the ACA is yet another illustration of aclassic tactic: tactic: endlessly obstruct and delay X law, and then when X law works poorly because of said obstruction, use X law as an example of how “government doesn’t work.”

righty45 on April 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

“Sebelius: Certain stubborn states are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated”

A WIN-WIN solution: let them secede from the union.

TeaPartyNation on April 9, 2013 at 5:06 PM

It’s that damned Constitution thing again! When are you people going to stop making a cult of a limited government with distributed powers? You even make us swear to support and defend this useless piece of parchment, like we’d ever mean it or it has any real meaning anymore. Don’t you realize that if you guys could just GET OVER your dead ancestor worship and let your betters get on with the job of running your life, what a wonderful world this would be?

Socratease on April 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Hey Kathleen,
What’s with the long face?

jrfromdallas on April 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Those damn urban Cambodians just wouldn’t relocate to the countryside either. Didn’t they know that fresh air while working the soil was good for them?
 
Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

 
Ha. That reminds me of bayam’s attempt yesterday after his quickly-fled Jews/Hitler salon link:
 

The law did prohibit Jews and other persecuted classes from owning guns, but this should not be an indictment of gun control in general. Does the fact that Nazis forced Jews into horrendous ghettos indict urban planning? Should we eliminate all police officers because the Nazis used police officers to oppress and kill the Jews? What about public works — Hitler loved public works projects? Of course not. These are merely implements that can be used for good or ill…

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Those damn urban Cambodians just wouldn’t relocate to the countryside either. Didn’t they know that fresh air while working the soil was good for them?

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Especially after the Cultural Revolution in China.

When will they ever learn?

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

…she turns tricks

KOOLAID2 on April 9, 2013 at 5:13 PM

What a shock. The government wasn’t prepared to deal with the massive, unworkable law that the majority doesn’t want. Wow, and some people wonder why we are almost 17 trillion in debt.

Ta111 on April 9, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Since she practically endorses full-on tyranny, why hide it any longer?

The Obama administration should just come out in favor of a coup. Get it out in the open. I guarantee there are plenty of Americans (most of them working at NBC and the NYT) who would endorse it right away.

MTF on April 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

And those Jews, why were they so reluctant to jump into the ovens on their own, a mass refusal which forced the Nazis to spend an exorbitant amount of money and labor constructing gas chambers.

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 5:16 PM

The Republican response to the ACA is yet another illustration of aclassic tactic: tactic: endlessly obstruct and delay X law, and then when X law works poorly because of said obstruction, use X law as an example of how “government tyranny doesn’t work.”

righty45 on April 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

FIFY

What? You mean that nobody bothered to take into account what possible unintended consequences could arise from the bill implementation? Nobody thought there was a need to talk to the States to find out if they would be willing and able to implement their share of the bill before it was passed? I don’t get it. How could this happen? /s

Mallard T. Drake on April 9, 2013 at 4:46 PM

There is a reason behind the “regular process” of individual consultations in both parties, committee hearings, floor readings, and amendment votes, which is to get the objections cleared away before the bill becomes law.

The creation of this particular X law had, at most, a few individual consultations among the Democrat party leaders.
That is how they passed a law that doesn’t work.

The government is working just the way it is supposed to, when un-democratic and possibly un-Constitutional procedures are used.

AesopFan on April 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Sebelius: Certain counter-revolutionaries are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated.

How soon before we start hearing that word?

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

They broke it.

They bought it.

This is what happens with top-down, one-size-fits-all government mandates on something as personal and individual as health insurance.

Obama and his acolytes failed to solve the problems they said they would, and have as a bonus given us a whole new raft of problems to deal with as well.

Good Lt on April 9, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Yeah, but at the end of the day it will be the Republican’s fault, and half the country will buy it. We are so screwed.

Alabama Infidel on April 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Sebaceous preaches to the proggie choir at Hah-vahd.

Preezy preaches to the proggie choir at Haht-ford CT.

If they don’t like the ‘stubborn states,’ why don’t they bring their arguments to those states and show them the errors of their ways?

Marcola on April 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

In this picture, Sibelius looks like Dana Carvey as The Church Lady.

bugsy on April 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

If you people had bothered to read the damn thing….

Are they done finding out “what’s in it” yet?

HotAirian on April 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Texas is still holding steady on no Medicaid expansion…fingers crossed we stay that way!

maables on April 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

It is so much easier to blame the damn states than to admit that the law isn’t written yet, and they keep adding adding and adding and those things won’t be in the exchanges by October, because insurance companies have to look at the rules and formulate plans and change things that they already do a different way.

I think they should call a moratorium on adding to this law, and show us what they have on Oct. 1st. Pony Up. They want to HIDE it until after the NEXT election.

Fleuries on April 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Old crones who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Philly on April 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Sebelius: Certain counter-revolutionaries are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated.

How soon before we start hearing that word?

BobMbx on April 9, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Article 58 is coming

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Is the lube we are all going to need free like contraception is?

docflash on April 9, 2013 at 5:23 PM

If they don’t like the ‘stubborn states,’ why don’t they bring their arguments to those states and show them the errors of their ways?

Marcola on April 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The Domestic Security Force takes time to recruit and train.

Bishop on April 9, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Kathleen Sebelius said Monday that she did not anticipate how complicated implementing the president’s signature healthcare law would be.

Translation: “We never anticipated having to actually go through writing all this rules crap. We were just going to throw up our hands and say “Hey! We tried!” THEN WE’D HAVE MOVED INTO A SINGLE PAYER SYSTEM. WHICH IS WHAT WE WANTED IN THE FIRST PLACE.”

GarandFan on April 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Republicans are living in a fantasy land where irate citizens repeal Obamacare because it is unworkable. The reality is, irate citizens are going to repeal Republicans instead.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Of Course! And notice how the 1990′s Eastern European Proletariates threw out those obstructionist obstinate counterrevolutionary free marketeers that were trying to undermine the paradise created by the dictatorship of the proletariate by imposing a workable free economy on the people.

No? They didn’t? Well maybe the public is not as immune to consequences of unworkable systems as the progressive left elite rulers.

KW64 on April 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

The Republican response to the ACA is yet another illustration of aclassic tactic: tactic: endlessly obstruct and delay X law, and then when X law works poorly because of said obstruction, use X law as an example of how “government doesn’t work.”

righty45 on April 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Why don’t you go buy one of those $20,000 health insurance policies you’re required to get under Obamacare, bless your heart?

No, it’s not free.
All those bells and whistles cost a fortune and Obamacare makes it illegal to sell limited policies. But I’m sure you knew that.

talkingpoints on April 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM

“There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles.”

They’re complying with the law, are they not?

aunursa on April 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Thank you Rick Perry.

DDay on April 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Texas is still holding steady on no Medicaid expansion…fingers crossed we stay that way!

maables on April 9, 2013 at 5:21 PM

So far, Fallin in Oklahoma is hanging tough, too.

Texas and Oklahoma, twin sons/sisters of different mothers.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Of Course! And notice how the 1990′s Eastern European Proletariates threw out those obstructionist obstinate counterrevolutionary free marketeers that were trying to undermine the paradise created by the dictatorship of the proletariate by imposing a workable free economy on the people.

No? They didn’t? Well maybe the public is not as immune to consequences of unworkable systems as the progressive left elite rulers.

KW64 on April 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Good stuff.

If only the products of Marxist ideology in our public schools knew some history, instead of things like women’s issues, racism and collective-solidarity against the individual.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Republicans are living in a fantasy land where irate citizens repeal Obamacare because it is unworkable. The reality is, irate citizens are going to repeal Republicans instead.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Will somebody translate this for me? I’m sorry but I don’t speak stupid.

Kingfisher on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

This woman is the HHS Secretary and a former governor. What a freaking moron.

banzaibob on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Sebelius: Certain stubborn states are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated

My initial guess was because Sebelius didn’t know how to count past 20.

Kingfisher on April 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Will somebody translate this for me? I’m sorry but I don’t speak stupid.

Kingfisher on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

LOL, see KW64, supra.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:43 PM

This woman is the HHS Secretary and a former governor. What a freaking moron.

banzaibob on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

And she can thank the affirmative action gender train, that she’s been riding, for decades, for everything that’s been handed to her.

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:44 PM

It is Sabelius’ fault for trusting a “man” who wears mom jeans and rides a girl’s bike.

Kingfisher on April 9, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Republicans are living in a fantasy land where irate citizens repeal Obamacare because it is unworkable. The reality is, irate citizens are going to repeal Republicans instead.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Will somebody translate this for me? I’m sorry but I don’t speak stupid.

Kingfisher on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

I believe he’s saying that the Republicans, spineless gits that they are, we’re hoping those of us who actually work for a living would make enough noise to prevent this from becoming the law of the land. That way, they wouldn’t have to take a firm stand and get their hands dirty. Instead, if they don’t do something about this mess, like grow a set and defund it, they will find themselves being “repealed” on Election Day in favor of those who will.

CurtZHP on April 9, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Tiller the Killer’s patron speaks again.
G-d Bless Texas!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 9, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Not sure who came up with the saying “Hope is not an action plan” but it really applies here. Who as a leader of a major federal agency would say they were “hoping after the Supreme Court ruling….” I mean no leader worthwhile relies on hope to accomplish anything. But I guess that’s what you get when you elect hope and change or something.

rsherwd65 on April 9, 2013 at 5:57 PM

So far, Fallin in Oklahoma is hanging tough, too.

Texas and Oklahoma, twin sons/sisters of different mothers.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on April 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Oklahoma seems to be going more conservative than Texas. Hubby and I were talking about that this weekend. My brother-in-law lives in Tulsa..maybe we should think about a move! Not sure if the Cowboys would welcome this Red Raider though ;)

maables on April 9, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Sebelius is the ultimate CREEPY WOMAN.

is she a woman?

gerrym51 on April 9, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Hooray for more government!

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Sebelius is making excuses..Excuses this early leads to a crash on the launch pad for Obiecare..:)

Dire Straits on April 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM

The law was written to give states the choice. 33 states took the offer. 8 of them have Democrat governors.

Own it, you witch.

Chuck Schick on April 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

What Shocker.

Next, you are going to tell me there are people who dodge paying taxes.

Get out of town!

Sir Napsalot on April 9, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Will someone please tell the political morons that, had they taken the time to craft a bill that had bi-partisan support, they wouldn’t be in this fix. Normally I would call them stupid for not doing this however, in this case, they were just arrogant. The problem is they were arrogant with 17% of the U.S. economy,soon to go higher because of their arrogance.

bflat879 on April 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

My governor is one who rolled over on his back and pissed himself and then ran to the bank. You ain’t fooling me Heinemann, you fatheaded twit.

sablegsd on April 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM

“There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles.”

Er, the Supreme Court struck down the Medicaid expansion. The Federal government cannot force states to expand Medicaid. Why would the administration think that most states would?

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I would like to know why these so called enrollers don’t have to go to insurance school and get licensed to sell health insurance. That is the current law now, what exempts these “enrollers”, except that they are the acorn/seiu/union goons that the dems always funnel money to?

This just frosts my cookies.

karenhasfreedom on April 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Next year is gonna be great. I can count on the GOP to screw up another opportunity of a lifetime to take advantage of a situation completely gone completely FUBAR and caused by Democrats. I wish I were not so cynical.

Philly on April 9, 2013 at 6:55 PM

The state of Georgia is currently one of those standing in the way. You’re welcome.

RDE2010 on April 9, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Will somebody translate this for me? I’m sorry but I don’t speak stupid.

Kingfisher on April 9, 2013 at 5:42 PM

You don’t need to speak stupid, you just need to speak, and read English. Start with the comments above. Try a couple of hours of Rush Limbaugh. Read Paul Ryan’s budget, or at least a summary.

The Republican establishment is throwing all of it weight behind the idea that Obamacare will prove to be so unworkable and unpopular that an irate citizenry will propel the GOP to massive victories in the 2014 midterms. Once in power, they will be able to repeal Obamacare. So far, that their entire electoral strategy for 2014.

The Republican and conservative grass roots are falling for this fantasy strategy.

Instead, the Democrat party is gearing up to run against the GOP for obstructing Obamacare implementation and causing widespread misery once voters either lose insurance, or watch their costs rise implacably. This was the plan from the beginning. The Dems are glad all those red states and blue states with red govs refused to build the exchanges. They are purposely delaying the creation of Federal exchanges to give them political leverage in the mid term elections.

It is a smart strategy, and it will work. Mark my words. Either the govs will cave and build the exchanges, or they (most of them anyway) will be voted out.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

“There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles.”

They’re complying with the law, are they not?

aunursa on April 9, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Why yes, yes they are.

mdenis39 on April 9, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Their ready made excuse for their incompetence is that it is all the Republicans fault.

Grunt on April 9, 2013 at 8:33 PM

It will cost a fortune.

Free medicine always costs a fortune.

tom daschle concerned on April 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

You might have anticipated this if YOU HAD READ THE BILL!

Old Country Boy on April 9, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Perhaps you will be correct. But those that continue to resist will ultimately be vindicated. Obama invites everybody to a fancy restaurant, they all order the lobster and fillet mignon. After dinner he announces that he forgot his wallet. Great date Obama.

teejk on April 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

teejk on April 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Very good analogy. And if they don’t pay the bill, they get fined.

So now they pay the fine every year because they cannot afford steak and lobster insurance and go to the emergency room when they are really sick rather than have preventive care.

KW64 on April 9, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 7:19 PM

That blame the GOP strategy would work better if polls did not show the majority in favor of repeal. Just wait until the system starts keeping people from having coverage and fining them for the lack of it. The number favoring repeal will only increase.

It the majority is for repeal, a Dem strategy of “Mend it Don’t end it” would probably be a better approach than trying to blame the GOP for the program’s failure and trying to keep it in place as is.Admitting your program is a failure is not a strong argument for your continued tenure no matter who gets blamed.

KW64 on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Sebelius: Certain stubborn states are making the ObamaCare rollout more tricky than we anticipated

And that’s why every Republican governor who decided to go along with it should be booted out of office. If they had all stuck together in opposition, it most likely would have collapsed before ever getting started.

xblade on April 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

And that’s why every Republican governor who decided to go along with it should be booted out of office. If they had all stuck together in opposition, it most likely would have collapsed before ever getting started.

xblade on April 9, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Agreed. It only took a little leadership to do that, and the GOP does not even have that.

Even so, the “internal contradictions” of Obamacare will destroy it, with or without opposition. All we can do is hasten its demise.

virgo on April 9, 2013 at 10:31 PM

They passed Obamacare with a myriad of deceitful tactics such as: 1. Getting the 60th vote by tricking Alaskan voters into kicking out an incumbent Republican Senator via false criminal allegations. 2. Bribing 2 Red State Dem Senators with appalling “deals” that were later revoked, and having several other Red State Dems vote against their state’s interests. 3. Bypassing a necessary House-Senate conference re-vote through treachery on Christmas Eve no less when Scott Brown effectively blocked the final passage via his special election. 4. At the Supreme Court either bribing, blackmailing, or threatening Chief Justice Roberts into changing his vote last minute to uphold the monstrosity as a “tax” even though that argument made it instantly illegal to even reach the court, and the Obama regime vehemently denied it was a tax so it could reach the full court, then argued it was a tax when it did reach all 9 justices. Evidence of this intimidation exists with the dissenting conservative opinion using Robert’s own words in their dissent unchanged and originally written by Roberts to strike down Obamacare. All this and more and they wonder why we’re not cooperating.

scotash on April 10, 2013 at 8:08 AM

she did not anticipate how complicated implementing the president’s signature healthcare law would be

Really… And what gave her that impression? Why would she think that implementation would be sooo easy. I mean, they had the network all worked out, and all the states were on board with creating the “exchanges” and expanding medicare. OH…wait…they weren’t. That’s right. From the beginning, they weren’t. SHOCKER!

DIMWIT!

There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July, and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state-by-state political battles

Is she delusional? It is what washington is, lady! Geez! Yeah, Republicans were just going to sit back and say, “Well, they won. Let’s get on board with this trainwreck and go down with the Liberal douchebags!” If she didn’t see this coming, she needs seriously consider another line of work.

Here’s a heads-up, Kathleen. If any immigration reform gets passed, your numbers are going to EXPLODE! Just so you are not caught off-guard. And if you think you have problems now, just wait.

Patriot Vet on April 10, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Democrats will be going right after those voters, people without insurance or who are paying through the nose because there are no exchanges.

Republicans are living in a fantasy land where irate citizens repeal Obamacare because it is unworkable. The reality is, irate citizens are going to repeal Republicans instead.

Mr. Arkadin on April 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

They are paying more because Obamacare does nothing to address actual costs of healthcare, only in how to PAY for it. If he were truly interested in the cost side, he would investigate malpractice claims and the recent column in TIME on overcharging for gauze and aspirin.

He might also want to see how a true free-market healthcare center works, at lower costs.

Obamacare is the cause of the increases. Just ask California.

Patriot Vet on April 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

teejk on April 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

KW64 on April 9, 2013 at 10:06 PM

How many states have agreed to implement the exchanges, and are working on them as we speak? 15? 17? All in blue states?

If the Obamacare roll out proceeds relatively smoothly in those states, the Dems can use them as an example to show that Obamacare is not the problem, Republicans are.

I repeat myself: the Democrats are not admitting Obamacare is a failure, they are blaming Republicans for failure.

That the Republican focus is not on the states that have agreed to set up exchanges, examining and exposing Obamacare’s shortcomings in the places where conditions are most favorable, leads me to believe my prediction will come true.

Mr. Arkadin on April 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM