Upton: “Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress”

posted at 9:31 pm on October 17, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

As you might imagine, Republicans in Congress would very much like to know exactly what the deal is with all of the Obama administration officials who repeatedly promised that the health care law’s implementation was proceeding as planned and that everything was “on track” for Americans to begin signing up on October 1st. Did the administration really not anticipate the glitch-a-palooza Americans were in for, or did they simply neglect to disclose all of the glaring signs indicating that eventuality? Certain fragments of emerging evidence, like, oh, I don’t know — not having tested the system until less than a week beforehand — would seem to suggest the latter, which is probably why the House Energy and Commerce Committee has been trying to call a hearing to investigate the matter.

No such hearing could possibly be thorough without some involvement from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, or at the very least some of her high-level deputies… which is precisely why you will likely be unsurprised to learn that Sebelius has so far been disinclined to acquiesce Congress’s request for an audience. She’s very busy right now, you see:

Republicans in Congress chastised President Barack Obama’s top health adviser on Thursday for declining to testify before an oversight panel about problems in rolling out the president’s signature healthcare program known as Obamacare. …

The letter from majority members of the committee said they invited Sebelius on October 11 to appear at the [October 24] hearing, only to learn on Wednesday that she would not attend. The administration has not agreed to provide other administration officials, the letter added.

“It’s well past time for the administration to be straight and transparent with the American people,” said a separate statement by Republican Representative Fred Upton, who chairs the panel. …

“This is wholly unacceptable. Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress,” Upton said.  …

“It’s not just a bumpy rollout. We’re crossing a bridge with a warning sign that says: BRIDGE OUT,” said Republican Representative Tim Murphy, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce panel’s health subcommittee and plans to hold his own hearings.

You can read the committee’s letter here, but Health and Human Services has yet to comment. Because, transparency.


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If I said what I think about Tiller the Killer’s patron…I would really get banned this time.
grrr.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 17, 2013 at 9:34 PM

So what. These people appear before Congress like the IRS and what ever happens.

BTW, where’s the story on who’s taking the fall for having inserted the 3 billion dollar “Kentucky Kickback” in the bill for Mitch? Why MSNBC says it’s his good buddy Lamar Alexander. Who coincidentally you can’t vote against because he’s not running again. And Mitch was on the floor a while back saying he would never accept pork money, and he’s setting an example. So you see. It was Lamar. But Mitch wrote it. But Lamar done it. They’re more clever than you and me.

Marcus on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Cruella should be fired.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Marcus on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Yes most GOP politicians are big government lovers too.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 9:39 PM

“It’s the Law Of The Land…..”

Pick a number and wait…

Electrongod on October 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Subpoena the scold, period. Unlike Fast and Furious, unlike Benghazi, and unlike the countless other scandals and screw ups, this is one that will resonate across the board, even including the LIVs who, for once in their lives, will have to actually deal with a governmental clusterfvck.

TXUS on October 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Cruella should be fired.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Absolutely not. When the opposition is screwing up, you get out of their way. Politically, I don’t want to run the risk of actually getting someone competent in the job.

Jeff Weimer on October 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Another Democrat found to have “Infectious Ethicalitis,” affecting her ability to think reasonably and act rationally outside the one protective cultural bubble that does not attempt to cure the infection.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Frau Sebelius is not amused.

Stu Gotts on October 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

…more hearings!
…for deaf people!

KOOLAID2 on October 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Ocare is like Bill Gates developing Windows for the first time with the desktop, but the icons don’t go anywhere.

faraway on October 17, 2013 at 9:43 PM

The Queen is not amused.

John the Libertarian on October 17, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Screw the letters, send a subpoena with the Capitol Police to deliver it.

Dusty on October 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

As you might imagine, Republicans in Congress would very much like to know [fill-in-the-blank] …

Sorry Erika, not buying it.

ShainS on October 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Cruella should be fired.

CWchangedhisNicagain on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Absolutely not. When the opposition is screwing up, you get out of their way. Politically, I don’t want to run the risk of actually getting someone competent in the job.

Jeff Weimer on October 17, 2013 at 9:42 PM


I don’t want to run the risk of actually getting someone competent in the job.

That and that firing Sebelius would put a damper on the “fire Obamacare” process. They’d relish letting Sebelius go and then the whole process of examining and ditching this mess would dry up and on it would go.

Sebelius should be belittled, revealed in her stupidity and crookedness, embarrassed before committee, she should be on record as being a nincompoop doofus servant to the DNC “Master,” Obama. But it’s the Obamacare debacle that needs to be fired. If for one reason alone: it’s not legitimate, it’s not “legal” nor by that, “law”.

It’s a ‘thing’ that’s been pressed forward by the Left but by bastardizing the legislative process as also the Judiciary credibility as to the SC.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Just PITIFUL. Frank Luntz’s panel tonight, Leftwing (obviously) Dem guy blurting out that Obama’s “resolute.”

These people are so, so unbearably foolish. Lemmings marching off to doom because of pride and vanity and little else.

Just stop the march. Stand there and think for a few minutes. Then walk off the line, sit down, think more deeply about your life and others’, and stand up with a new direction and perspective that is away from the cliff and the other lemmings.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Obama is running a cult.

Think about that. A cult is not capable of developing any sophisticated software – only websites and graphics that glorify their leader.

They would expect their cult leader to shoot healthcare websites out of his *ss like thunderbolts.

faraway on October 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

…BTW, where’s the story on who’s taking the fall for having inserted the 3 billion dollar “Kentucky Kickback” in the bill for Mitch? Why MSNBC says it’s his good buddy Lamar Alexander. Who coincidentally you can’t vote against because he’s not running again. And Mitch was on the floor a while back saying he would never accept pork money, and he’s setting an example. So you see. It was Lamar. But Mitch wrote it. But Lamar done it. They’re more clever than you and me.

Marcus on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Yesterday Mitchell slides $Billions into KY, today Google stock soars.

Think about it.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Whatever. If we’ve learned nothing, it’s that the House is toothless, and the Obama administration knows it. Get back to me when there are consequences for anyone having anything to do with any of the very real, very serious scandals so far.

Midas on October 17, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Obama is running a cult.

Think about that. A cult is not capable of developing any sophisticated software – only websites and graphics that glorify their leader.

They would expect their cult leader to shoot healthcare websites out of his *ss like thunderbolts.

faraway on October 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

DITTO.

Even that name of that org. that did such a horrid job with Obamacare website: “Teal.”

Used that same “teal” as color all through the Obama campaign media sites, posters, logos, etc.

A lot of people don’t notice to what extent they’re influenced by visuals but they are and to a great extent than realized. Advertising, especially when it’s subliminal as in use of coordinated colors, sounds, recurring visual styles, these things “herd” the human mind. Jingles and songs next but the effects of visuals are far more influencing than many people realize.

Lourdes on October 17, 2013 at 9:54 PM

No worries…the State Run Media focus will be so intense on Cruella that she will have to talk to the American people…….

d1carter on October 17, 2013 at 10:00 PM

What we need is more do nothing GOP led hearings…

d1carter on October 17, 2013 at 10:02 PM

They would expect their cult leader to shoot healthcare websites out of his *ss like thunderbolts.

faraway on October 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Truly, the clusterFART.

pambi on October 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Aging fellatrix is busy.

Mason on October 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

The Queen of Death must prowl for more innocents to murder. She has no time for Congressional hearings!

22044 on October 17, 2013 at 10:13 PM

BTW, where’s the story on who’s taking the fall for having inserted the 3 billion dollar “Kentucky Kickback” in the bill for Mitch? Why MSNBC says it’s his good buddy Lamar Alexander. Who coincidentally you can’t vote against because he’s not running again. And Mitch was on the floor a while back saying he would never accept pork money, and he’s setting an example. So you see. It was Lamar. But Mitch wrote it. But Lamar done it. They’re more clever than you and me.

Marcus on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM
.

Err, no. Lamar is running, and he is not as safe as one might think. Tennesseans are furious with him, and we seem to keep electing more and more conservatives, locally, at the state level, and in Congress. Now we have to claim a senator or two.

CTimbo on October 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Marcus on October 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

They both need to go. Don’t know that it’ll happen but it needs to.

Shay on October 17, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Subpoena the scold, period. Unlike Fast and Furious, unlike Benghazi, and unlike the countless other scandals and screw ups, this is one that will resonate across the board, even including the LIVs who, for once in their lives, will have to actually deal with a governmental clusterfvck.

TXUS on October 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Democratics don’t have to respond to subpoenas.

slickwillie2001 on October 17, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress,” Upton said.

We’re talking about Jon Stewart. Of course she’d make time.

Who do these guys think they are? Obama’s again made it clear they’re nobodies.

Drained Brain on October 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Kathleen Sibelius will just get a multi-million dollar deal with Metamucil. She’s set for the rest of her constipated pinch face life.

oldroy on October 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

This is so great. Pretty much everything conservatives predict about the failures of liberal policies always come true.

The Notorious G.O.P on October 17, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Okay, I’m taking bets. Her Highness of Health Care will appear only at the point of a subpoena. When Her Highness does appear, she’ll either invoke the 5th or King Barack will step in and say she’s protected by “Executive Privilege”.

GarandFan on October 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM

I will start paying attention when somebody or somrbodys in this admin go to jail. Nothing happens to anybody for for breaking the law or incompetence. if I carry my weapon openly, I will probably get arrested and I live in CO and it is not against the law. No more sense in this world.

retiredeagle on October 17, 2013 at 10:46 PM

There have been hundreds of congressional hearings in my life and I never hear any results or charges coming from any of them.They do them just for cover.Waste of time.

docflash on October 17, 2013 at 10:52 PM

“It’s well past time for the administration to be straight and transparent with the American people,” said a separate statement by Republican Representative Fred Upton, who chairs the panel. …

Fred was so very bipartisan as he worked with the Democrats to ban our light bulbs, but the Democrats never seem to repay the bipartisanship when the Republicans want or need something.

I guess they will never quit believing that the Lucy Democrats will hold the football for them, the Charlie Browns to kick.

RJL on October 17, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Send Secretary Sebelius a subpoena

J_Crater on October 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Note to Rep Fred “CFL hero” Upton-p!ss off. I could care less about your dog and pony show theatrics.

Why?

Thanks to your ONE LINE in that energy bill you killed untold numbers of American Jobs and also gave me the JOY of unending headaches during most of my day when I have to be around CFLs. Oh and the incandescents that are left are cheap pieces of crap from China that burn out after 2 months.

(I have some weird sensitivity to CFL frequency when they aren’t running at 100% i.e. are warming up or are dying)

SgtSVJones on October 18, 2013 at 1:22 AM

Because the Demoncrats are all LIARS !

FlaMurph on October 18, 2013 at 1:50 AM

Sebelius is only where she is because she is willing to put babies in a blender if necessary to advance the leftist death cult.

That she and others of her ilk are in positions of power in this Administration only indicates the passion of their boss for wholescale butchery of babies.

Adjoran on October 18, 2013 at 5:37 AM

“It’s well past time for the administration to be straight and transparent with the American people,” said a separate statement by Republican Representative Fred Upton, who chairs the panel. …

Fred, a word of advice, don’t forget to get Issa’s input on this. He has been ruthless in ferreting out the sordid facts on this administration’s multiple scandals.

DaveDief on October 18, 2013 at 7:54 AM

One reason The Hag will never appear is that I’m pretty sure that The One doesn’t want her to go feral on C-SPAN. She nearly lost it when Stewart (uncharacteristically) got moderately tough with her.

Imagine what would happen if someone like Cruz cross-examined her. I’d expect her to cut loose and tell them the real goal in full-on RedJac mode;

DIEKILLYOUALLMAKEYOUSUFFERDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIE!!!

Because after all, the true objective of such “healthcare” programs is “improving the breed by culling the weak and the politically unreliable”.

You know it, I know, she knows it, and The One dreams of it.

Let her come unhinged on national TV and everybody will know it.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 18, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Would she even bother to tell the truth, or at least provide an interesting lie when in front of the committee?

At this point, unless we win majorities in the next two election cycles, this nation has pretty much jumped the shark, and we might as well become Browncoats of a sort.

itzWicks on October 18, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I really have to save my quotes like rogerb seems to be able to, I’m pretty sure I have one that predicted exactly this, that the bad news from the rollout would last months on end and the whole system would need to be rebuilt.

The shutdown was great, and I’m glad it’s finally over so that the full focus can move on from the partial focus forced on it by the defund strategy. That kept Obamacare at the top of the news, and now there is no choice but to continue watching the train wreck.

This will never be fixed by the time open enrollment ends. An individual mandate delay will basically be politically required, and all the GOP had to do is say “we tried to do that, but Democrats wouldn’t budge. They preferred a shutdown they could blame on Republicans to meeting a sensible compromise.”

BKennedy on October 18, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hey Pubs! Can we just ferget all the dog an’ pony shows that never amount to squat? Wanna waste time, go play a game of cornhole.

they lie on October 18, 2013 at 3:28 PM