Sebelius: No, we are not starting the ObamaCare site from scratch, and no, I do not have time to testify before Congress

posted at 5:31 pm on October 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

If you were wondering whether the increasing pile of evidence indicating that HealthCare.Gov’s problems are not merely opening “glitches” but deep-seated design defects — as well as the growing chorus of IT experts suggesting that the Obama administration might want to consider starting over on the badly bungled project — would have any effect whatsoever on their determination to plow forward with their arbitrary and political deadlines… don’t hold your breath. HHS Secretary Sebelius would like you to know that completely rebuilding the website is just not gonna’ happen, via the WSJ:

After two weeks of review, the HHS secretary concluded, “We didn’t have enough testing, specifically for high volumes, for a very complicated project.”

The online insurance marketplace needed five years of construction and a year of testing, she said: “We had two years and almost no testing.” …

Overall, she said, the website is functional and “we will hit the mark” within the law’s six-month open enrollment period that began Oct. 1. “I’m not throwing out the system and starting over,’” she said. …

Mrs. Sebelius convenes meetings, often three times a day, to monitor progress against the technological snafus. “I can’t fix the website myself,” she said. “But I’m working around the clock to find out what we know in extraordinary and honest detail, hold our contractors and our team accountable, and accelerate the timeline to resolve the problems.”

Gee, “not enough testing” — ya’ think? Isn’t “accelerating the timeline” what got us into this mess?

And as for working “working around the clock,” I find it rather interesting that Secretary Sebelius finds “scheduling conflicts” to be a passable excuse for refusing to appear in front of Congress next week to answer what many on the Right and the Left now agree are reasonable questions about why the administration insisted upon moving forward with a product that at least somebody over there knew wasn’t ready, and yet she seems to have the time to attend galas in the meantime. Most curious, really, as CNN pointed out on Friday:

The WSJ editors are not impressed:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday. HHS claims she has scheduling conflicts, but we hope she isn’t in the White House catacomb under interrogation by Valerie Jarrett about her department’s incompetence.

The department is also refusing to make available lower-level officials who might detail the source or sources of this debacle. Ducking an investigation with spin is one thing. Responding with a wall of silence to the invitation of a duly elected congressional body probing the use of more than half a billion taxpayer dollars is another. This Obama crowd is something else.


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Does anyone else here physically recoil at the sight of that horrid woman Sebelius?

Everything about her screams villainess.

bluegill on October 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

I wouldn’t go testify for Congress either. Until Republicans have a better idea and the means to put in place, they may as well shut up because it’s all their fault anyway.

Cindy Munford on October 20, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Mrs. Sebelius convenes meetings, often three times a day, to monitor progress against the technological snafus. “I can’t fix the website myself,” she said. “But I’m working around the clock to find out what we know in extraordinary and honest detail, hold our contractors and our team accountable, and accelerate the timeline to resolve the problems.”

Any minimally competent manager would have been doing this for the past three years!

NavyMustang on October 19, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Meetings three times a day will result in very little progress being made on correcting actual problems. It would be a waste of time for most of those meetings. Maybe one 20 minute daily meeting, to summarize problems found, and problems fixed.

Dasher on October 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I do not have time to testify before Congress

Subpoena the elitist hack.

petefrt on October 20, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It appears that no one in this administration has “the time” to testify before Congress. And, or they want to claim executive privilege. This is the most arrogant divisive administration that I can ever remember ……………. and I am 62 years of age.

SC.Charlie on October 20, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Can we please bring back tarring and feathering?

fossten on October 20, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Meetings three times a day will result in very little progress being made on correcting actual problems. It would be a waste of time for most of those meetings. Maybe one 20 minute daily meeting, to summarize problems found, and problems fixed.

Dasher on October 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I expect most of those meetings are being spent screaming and threatening, so yes, entirely unproductive and in fact counter-productive.

slickwillie2001 on October 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Does anyone else here physically recoil at the sight of that horrid woman Sebelius?

Everything about her screams villainess.

bluegill on October 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yes. I can see her on the Death Panel, and she would enjoy that role.

slickwillie2001 on October 20, 2013 at 12:25 PM

From the Washington Examiner – A Video montage of Sebelius telling us that Healthcare.gov is going to be on time and wonderful….

With the departure from the Obama cabinet of Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius has now risen to the position of the most incompetent cabinet officer in the Obama Administration.

She is a Hall of Fame member of the Peter Principle.

Her key advantage, like most of the senior officials in the Administration / Executive Branch, is her loyalty to the cult of the Obama and the progressive-fascist party.

From another WSJ item

The department is also refusing to make available lower-level officials who might detail the source or sources of this debacle. Ducking an investigation with spin is one thing. Responding with a wall of silence to the invitation of a duly elected congressional body probing the use of more than half a billion taxpayer dollars is another. This Obama crowd is something else.

What bunker is Henry Chao hiding in, for instance? He’s the HHS official in charge of technology for the Affordable Care Act, and in March he said at an insurance lobby conference that his team had given up trying to create “a world-class user experience.” With the clock running, Mr. Chao added that his main goal was merely to “just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

He didn’t succeed. Whatever is below third-world standards would flatter the 36 federally run exchanges as they’ve started up. But perhaps Mr. Chao or someone else, if not Mrs. Sebelius, can answer even the simple question of how many Americans have managed to enroll for coverage. HHS could easily resolve any confusion but it won’t even talk to Democratic allies, friendly reporters and what it calls the insurance industry “stakeholders” that it will need to make ObamaCare work.

No doubt a hearing would be a spectacle—with TV cameras on hand—but Mrs. Sebelius can’t hide forever. Even pro-entitlement liberals want to know about what went wrong and why, how much if any progress is being made, and whether the ObamaCare website Healthcare.gov will be usable in a matter of months—or years.

More disclosure might also help HHS preserve a scrap of credibility, given that none of its initial explanations has held up. Right now, no one trusts a word that emerges from Fortress ObamaCare.

Ban-aids, stonewalling, spit & duct tape will not fix the foundational mistakes made in the development of this software system. In many cases the foundation of the federal government IT infrastructure and operations are dismal – because of waste, inefficiency, incompetence, and, yes, lack of smart spending. ($1 spent on the IT foundation is a $1 that can’t be spent to gain a vote.)

ACA, all 380,000+ words of legislation, and 11,850,000+ words of regulations spawned by the legislation was intended to fail. The challenge for Obama / Sebelius is that the fail is going to happen a lot faster than they wanted – and not by the means and effects that they need it to happen by.

By the time they are done trying to fix this mess, we’re going to look back at $636 million and wish it were that cheap.

Athos on October 20, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Scumhag Sibelius is Nurse Ratched.

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 1:31 PM

The Canadian company which got the contract, as if there are not enough US IT companies who could have used the opportunities…was fired by the Canadian gov’t for…..wait…being very late, not testing, not succeeding.

obama is the destroying creep of the USA, all intentionally.

Wake up already!!!

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Of the 476,000 applications that have been started, just over half have been from the 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead in running the markets. The rest of the applications have come from the 14 states running their own markets, along with Washington, D.C.

The majority of these are going to be Medicaid enrollees. So we destroy our private health care insurance for this?

gracie on October 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

She had time to go to other things. She is a baby killing creep. Abort her from office.

crosshugger on October 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Subpoena and arrest in a week. If Holder interferes, give Obama a week to fire him or impeach.

These are not the kind of people that play nice. They see opposition moderation as a serious weakness to be abused every time. They won’t fight Putin but a wimp like Boehner is not even a challenge.

Don L on October 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Does anyone else here physically recoil at the sight of that horrid woman Sebelius?

bluegill on October 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Yes.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is even refusing to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing this coming Thursday.

Imperial arrogance.

“I have a gala to attend, serfs. Now, out of the way, little people. National Park Service? Get these miscreant mud dwellers out of my way now!”

Oh, alrighty, then.

98ZJUSMC on October 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

That dreadful, lying hag had better get her bus-wheels suit of armor ready. She’s about to go under, and it couldn’t happen to a more deserving, more venal bi*ch.

Rational Thought on October 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM

IMH experience, half of computer projects fail.

So, in which category would healthcare.gov fall?

/was there ever any doubt

Paul-Cincy on October 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

The majority of these are going to be Medicaid enrollees. So we destroy our private health care insurance for this?

gracie on October 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

At least 90%.

98ZJUSMC on October 20, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Over at the HuffPo, they are entering panic mode over the continuing failures of Healthcare.gov and the ACA….

Obamacare Website Failure Threatens Health Coverage For Millions Of Americans

For Obama and the Democrats who’ve stood behind Obamacare during four years of relentless attacks from Republicans — including a face-off that led to a 16-day government shutdown and a threat of U.S. default — failure of this magnitude would discredit a core premise of this presidency, that government can do big things to improve Americans’ lives.

What they fail to realize is that the core premise not only of this Presidency, but the progressive-fascist-statist agenda is the intellectual, moral, ethical, and fiscal bankruptcy of the entire agenda…that big government is better government.

That concept is the antithesis of what made the USA into what it is today – not only the economic engine of the world, but the beacon for the world in terms of liberty, freedom, and generosity.

Athos on October 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Now you know

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Superb comment on headline thread, by Legend.

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM

bluegill on October 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

THAT thing help bankroll/supported THIS thing.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 20, 2013 at 5:26 PM

no, I do not have time to testify before Congress

Well then subpeona her ass. She had time to go on John Stewart but she doesn’t have time to tetify to the Commerce Committee of the United Sates House? Screw the unwritten rules that you ask and cabinet secretaries show up. Give her a subpeona, put her under oath, and make her talk for the record.

Happy Nomad on October 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Hey.. maybe this will be like the EPA fining those energy companies for not using additives that don’t exist… can’t sign up for ObamaCare because the site is a disaster and doesn’t work? Too bad. You’re still going to pay.

Yeah.. just because it’s impossible to sign up for ObamaCare doesn’t excuse you for not having ObamaCare.

And those fines? You know they’re going to skyrocket at some point. Wouldn’t be surprised if they throw in some prison time as well.

JellyToast on October 20, 2013 at 6:13 PM

I heard thi morning that there is a “buried” bit of language in the ACA that states that the information in the database should be considered confidenial. So if my info gets hacked and/or stolen (if I had siged up for ACA while I have not and will not do), it is my fault for giving the website the information in the first place. Got to love the illogic of it all.

polarglen on October 20, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I didn’t realize that Sebelius could code in HTML5…

Otherwise, she’s no real excuse to not show up. Reasons, such as she doesn’t want to perjure herself, but no excuses.

ProfShadow on October 20, 2013 at 7:47 PM

What about a select committee in the House..?

d1carter on October 19, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Yeah. That’ll work. Boner and Issa will get right on it. Just as soon as they finish unravelling that nasty ol’ “Fast ‘n Whatever-it-was”, and that deal with that Ben Ghazi guy. And that byotch from the IRS. Then they’ll be all over it, for sure.

I can’t wait. It’ll be great

bofh on October 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

Fire her azz. She’d last about 3 hours in corporate. And what qualification did she ever have as the former governor of… Kansas? Really dude?

Step off you POS.

Key West Reader on October 19, 2013 at 8:18 PM

You’ve obviously never worked at a big institution like BNY Mellon or Northern Trust where about every other month some stooge gets out of politics and falls into a slush Senior VP or Managing Director job.

Nutstuyu on October 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Sebelius apparently attended Lois Lerner’s Charm School.

jangle12 on October 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The majority of these are going to be Medicaid enrollees. So we destroy our private health care insurance for this?

gracie on October 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Well, partially for that. Mostly to expand that power that DC has over all of us.

Midas on October 20, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Burn the witch!

claudius on October 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Who better to personify Obamacare than a nasty, bitter, obstinant, turkey-necked old crow like Frau Sebelius?

Stu Gotts on October 20, 2013 at 10:31 PM

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

We Love You Maggie!!!

shorebird on October 21, 2013 at 12:23 AM

Does anyone else here physically recoil at the sight of that horrid woman Sebelius?

Everything about her screams villainess.

bluegill on October 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

.
You mean like Cruella De Vil ?

Yes, she does.

listens2glenn on October 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM

The Canadian company which got the contract, as if there are not enough US IT companies who could have used the opportunities…was fired by the Canadian gov’t for…..wait…being very late, not testing, not succeeding.

obama is the destroying creep of the USA, all intentionally.

Wake up already!!!

Schadenfreude on October 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Its called “I give you the contract for 10% kickback”. Follow the money.

riddick on October 21, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Mrs. Sebelius convenes meetings, often three times a day, to monitor progress

Bwah haha ha. Because everybody knows the way to get stuff done is to have lots of meetings about it.

bitsy on October 21, 2013 at 4:29 AM

Remember, this is an administration that set about fining gasoline makers for failing to use a fuel that could not be obtained. You can be sure that all the people who are unable to get insurance through the exchanges will find themselves punished for not meeting the unobtainium mandate here, as well.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on October 21, 2013 at 4:55 AM

Uh…Sebelius sucks? Gawd,I hate her mean visage!

Felonious Sebelius.

Sherman1864 on October 21, 2013 at 5:19 AM

Well fair enough. She’s a serious person, at least in her own judgment. And the Republican establishment is not serious. You can’t beat something with nothing.

David Blue on October 21, 2013 at 5:29 AM

Its only a matter of time before this system cost the life of someone. This will get ugly quick. When children start dying needlessly, there will be nowhere for the proponents of this to hide.MARK MY WORDS.

Thicklugdonkey on October 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

In a rational world, you would of course be correct. Keep in mind however, that with this admin., the end ALWAYS, justifies the means.

diogenes on October 21, 2013 at 10:16 AM

The woman reminds me of Cruella Daville.

francesca on October 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

The woman reminds me of Cruella Daville.

francesca on October 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Almost.

But Cruella de Vil is about Dalmatian puppies; Kathleen Sebelius is about unborn human babies.

David Blue on October 22, 2013 at 3:21 AM

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