Why does Sebelius still have a job if “nobody’s madder than” Obama over Healthcare.gov debacle?

posted at 12:41 pm on October 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

“Nobody’s madder than me,” Barack Obama told the nation yesterday, “about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should.”  But is he? In the same speech, he extolled the system that hardly anyone can access, while failing to even suggest that the President should hold people accountable for the rank incompetence that produced the debacle. Three weeks into the fiasco, the only accountability being exercised is coming from Congress, where HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has finally agreed to testify after first claiming she had no time to talk with Congress about the massive failure produced by her agency after a 42-month head start.

My column at The Week advises Obama to start demonstrating actual anger by canning the people responsible for this $400 million disaster, starting with Sebelius:

Obama insisted, “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should.” Getting angry would be a good start. However, the only anger Obama flashed at all in his speech was aimed at critics pointing out the failures, and not the people who were responsible for the system’s creation. This website cost the American people more than $400 million, according to the Times, and yet not once in Obama’s speech did he say he would impose accountability for the failure. In fact, the word “accountable” never appears in his speech, despite the nine-figure price tag and the 42 months HHS had to get this right.

The president did promise a “tech surge” to find and eliminate the problems in the website, including the transmission of bad data to insurers. He reassured Americans that “America’s top private-sector tech companies” had offered their help to resolve the problem, noting that they “have seen things like this happen before.” That’s debatable, especially on the scale and scope of this failure, but it’s at least true that private-sector firms occasionally have to deal with failing projects. However, they usually solve the problem by imposing substantial penalties for those responsible for the failure, such as demotions and terminations, and replace them with more competent personnel to rescue the projects. They also usually don’t start off by blaming the critics for the problem and then trying to get consumers to believe that everything is hunky-dory.

The scope of this failure demands changes at HHS — at least if Obama wants Americans to have trust in this system. Kathleen Sebelius’ top priority since March 2010 was preparing for the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges, and yet they have all but collapsed, to the point that two successive weekends of patches can’t fix the issues. (The last patch was to add a button explaining how to use the call center rather than the website, but the call center can’t properly handle the requests, either.) HHS’s subsidiary agency Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its administrator Marilyn Tavenner were responsible for developing and launching Healthcare.gov, but Obama didn’t mention either agency or its top executives in his speech. If Obama is “madder” than anyone, who is he mad at?

Here’s a better question. Why should Americans believe that the broken system will be fixed within weeks by the same people who had control of this project for the last three-plus years and had $400 million at their disposal? Asking people to trust in the failed management team that delivered the current fiasco would be like asking them to believe that they can keep their plan if they like their plan. It’s time to clean house, or better yet, admit defeat and pursue other means of reforming the health-insurance industry — like, say, turning it back over to the same private sector that Obama had to call this week for a rescue of his Big Government project failure.

I’m hardly alone in wondering why heads aren’t already rolling in the executive branch.  Bloomberg’s editors also scoff at Obama’s expression of impotent and largely undetectable anger, and especially at Obama’s pep rally yesterday:

In remarks this morning in the White House Rose Garden, President Barack Obama said HealthCare.gov, the website that is supposed to be the conduit through which people buy insurance under the new health-care law, “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to.” That’s a little like saying a plane that crashed into a mountain, caught fire and exploded didn’t land as smoothly as it was supposed to.

Three weeks into the most flagrant debacle of his presidency, Obama didn’t say what went wrong, why or who was to blame. He offered no details about what the administration is doing to fix it (“We’ve got people working overtime”), or how long it will take. And he expressed no contrition, saying only that “Nobody’s madder than me.” …

Third, the president should demonstrate that failure has consequences. Obama is fond of comparing the rollout of HealthCare.gov to that of an Apple Inc. (AAPL) product. Surely, if less than 1 percent of the people who tried to use the company’s latest operating system could do so, the executives responsible would not keep their jobs.

John Dickerson also takes on the Apple talking point, noting that consumers had other options when their mapping program turned out to be buggy on release. He also points out in Slate that the administration has either been dishonest, incompetent, or both:

The president’s speech was just the latest attempt to put the problems with Healthcare.gov into perspective—a job that is not going well. Before the site was launched, the president said it would make signing up for health care as easy as making a plane reservation. When, after a few rocky days that turned out to be too rosy, the administration dropped the airline analogy. Now the experience more closely approximates the saga of having your flight delayed. First, the airline tells you it will be a half hour, then it stretches it to an hour, then two, then you’re offered a voucher for a drink. After four hours, it dawns on you that the plane is never taking off. They continue to assure you it will—just before they cancel your flight.

The stories keep shifting. Administration officials said the site had been tested as thoroughly as the IRS computer systems that handle electronic tax returns. Now Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admits the system wasn’t tested enough. In the first several days, administration officials spoke of “glitches,” and Secretary Sebelius asked that people give the government the same amount of slack Apple gets when it launches a new product. But the administration dropped that analogy because, unlike Apple’s quick admission that Apple Maps was a mess, the government can’t just let users install Google Maps (and there have been no quick firings for the mess, as there were at Apple). The president and his team then said the website snafus were the result of huge traffic, but that explanation doesn’t explain the considerable technical problems now being reported. Reports of the extraordinary number of people who have accessed the site are themselves full of fuzzy claims that seek to oversell the success.

There’s a dangerous spiral that can take hold in these situations, as spin intended to distract from the current mess becomes its own problem. That is especially true when the facts demonstrate that the story the administration was selling is too optimistic: Either the White House knew how bad things were and wasn’t playing it straight or it didn’t know how bad things were and is just inept.

Obama can’t ask us to trust that the same people who spent 42 months and $400 million delivering this debacle have the requisite skills to repair it within weeks while in operation. At least, not with a straight face.

Update: Matt Lewis suggests that Obama hire Jim Leyland.  He’s got a better record.


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She knows about his financial aid and “foreign” student status.

Really, I don’t know why. She knows her place?

Oil Can on October 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

She’s doing what he wants done..?

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Signs that you’re part of a Cult, part 3,764,932

Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed

Obama’s cult was hoping that a lightning bolt would shoot out of his *ss to create, then fix, the website.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

Loyalty to ‘The One’ and the progressive-fascist-statist ideology counts for far more than competence.

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Obama’s cult was hoping that a lightning bolt would shoot out of his *ss to create, then fix, the website.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

And all that really happened was a human prop standing behind Obama started to faint….

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Sebelius is to Obama’s HHS as Holder is to Obama’s DOJ.

She’s in tandem ideologically with Obama—they’re both committed to the same Leftist perspective on HHS policy even as Holder and Obama share the same DOJ perspective. I have my doubts that she will lose her job. IMO some underlings may take the blame.

INC on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Congress should ignore the website, and ask why NOBODY HAS SIGNED UP, even though 500,000 people took it for a test drive.

And ask what this means.

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

She will be slaughtered on the alter of progressivism when she is no longer useful.

Murphy9 on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

She knows about his financial aid and “foreign” student status.

Really, I don’t know why. She knows her place?

Oil Can on October 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

You mean Obama was really born in Hawaii and lied about being a Kenyan to get scholarship money? Someone should investigate this. At least show us that he got better grades than Chimpy Bush or Cruz…

oldroy on October 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

He needs her as a lightning rod. No way he’ll fire her. Same with Holder, Jarret, et. al.

Red Creek on October 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

42 months and 400 million for something that doesn’t work?

And liberals want to lecture us about greed and “profit motive” in the free market?

gwelf on October 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

It’s because the plant who passed out didn’t fall in Obama’s immediate direction so it would seem he grasped her from imminent death.

Optics for Dummies…

patman77 on October 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Don’t worry, Darrell Issa will no doubt have his committee investigate!

Oh, shiite …

ShainS on October 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

He didn’t hold Hillary! accountable over Benghazi either. He never holds anyone accountable, he just doesn’t do that.

rbj on October 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Update: Matt Lewis suggests that Obama hire Jim Leyland. He’s got a better record.

I’m a Tiger fan, but I’m not a Jim Leyland fan. I don’t despise the man, though. Why do you want me to hate him?

NotCoach on October 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Simple. Obama and his handlers believe owning this mess and holding people accountable shows weakness, and they are more concerned about Repubs scoring points against them.

Btw, Mr. Clean and ARTICULATE, it is nobody is madder than “I,” not nobody is madder than “me.”

And, while you are at it, try learning the proper usage of “a” and “an.”

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

For Liberals, people are like programs, if they fail, there is no firing, there is just the hiring of more “help”. When does the debt ceiling get raised again?

Cindy Munford on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

“Nobody’s madder than me,” Barack Obama told the nation yesterday, “about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should.” But is he?

Of course not.

I’m just shocked that he went out there yesterday and gave a sales pitch about a “good product.” I was expecting the “Captain Kickass” persona who shows up with rolled up sleeves and takes charge of the fiasco when lesser men and women have failed the American people. But that would require holding people accountable for the HealthCare.gov debacle.

But here’s something to consider. Obama called it a product yesterday. Seems to me that if this is a product, the American people are a victim of bait and switch. We can’t keep our own doctors and our costs for healthcare are not going to be $2500 for a family of four. Isn’t that a breech of contract? Where is the lemon law for Obamacare?

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Working Flawlessly as planned.

Bmore on October 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

42 months and 400 million for something that doesn’t work?

And liberals want to lecture us about greed and “profit motive” in the free market?

gwelf on October 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Greed is when you do well for yourself. Liberalism circumvents this by you taking money to give to croneys that then give money back to you. And hey, if the money is a “gift”, it’s not like you can say no.

oldroy on October 22, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Does anyone think Sebelius and her cohort would still have a job if this were the “Re-elect Obama” website that was so screwed up?

Of course not. She would been out her ear months ago.

But that is a website that Obama pays for and which serves his needs.

Obama is not paying for this monstrosity: you are. His health care is not being affected: yours is.

PackerBronco on October 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Well he is madder, in fact so mad that he finally did blame the real culprit…the Republican’s.

So leave him alone, he is madder than anyone.

right2bright on October 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

President Barack Obama said HealthCare.gov, the website that is supposed to be the conduit through which people buy insurance under the new health-care law, “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to.” That’s a little like saying a plane that crashed into a mountain, caught fire and exploded didn’t land as smoothly as it was supposed to.

“Not optimal.”

Bitter Clinger on October 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Btw, Mr. Clean and ARTICULATE, it is nobody is madder than “I,” not nobody is madder than “me.”

And, while you are at it, try learning the proper usage of “a” and “an.”

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I’d settle for the lazy stupid (but Ivy league educated) coward to put the “g” on words ending in “ing.” I’m sick of the whole folksy “talkin’” coming from the POTUS.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

She should rename Obamacare. That would get her a few more months. She should call it “Republicans Shut Us Down Because It Sucked So Bad And That Kept It From Being A Success Care”. Catchy?

oldroy on October 22, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Why does Sebelius still have a job if “nobody’s madder than” Obama over Healthcare.gov debacle?

Um, because nobody has a better understanding of, or a stronger appreciation for, gross incompetence than Barack Obama?

M240H on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Mr. Arkadin, when you arrive, please be sure to tell everyone where I was lying “as usual”.
 
Maybe some toddlers-with-leukemia jokes too if you think it’s appropriate.

rogerb on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

This is government work. There is no failure in government. There’s always more money to pour down the toilet to fix the problem or just keep passing the blame to someone else. If all else fails blame the republicans and the media will run with it.

jaywemm on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Btw, Mr. Clean and ARTICULATE, it is nobody is madder than “I,” not nobody is madder than “me.”

Barky was Precedent of the Hah-vahd Lawn Review. If he thinks it’s “me”, then it’s “me”. Wait until he goes with his old, “healthcare.gov is on the precipice of full repair.”

And, while you are at it, try learning the proper usage of “a” and “an.”

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Barky just doesn’t like the word “an”. He never has. It’s clearly another weapon of the white man. Besides, they only learn “a” and “aaaaay” in English class in Jakarta.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

There is no accountability at any level of Government. No one ever gets fired. They leave on their own accord with nice pensions.

alanstern on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM

I’m just shocked that he went out there yesterday and gave a sales pitch about a “good product.” I was expecting the “Captain Kickass” persona who shows up with rolled up sleeves and takes charge of the fiasco when lesser men and women have failed the American people.

The psychology of the ACA is that it will only work when people are convinced it’s going to work. It will only succeed when people who don’t need it, are willing to pay for it. Otherwise you end up with the “death spiral” as only the sick sign up for it and the premiums explode through the roof.

Thus any hint of crisis is a death knell to ObamaCare. Bambi can’t fire the people involved nor can he admit to any serious problem in the system or in the law.

PackerBronco on October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Fast and furious
BenghaziRS
AP investigated by DOJ
NSA
404care site

There are many more things for which accountability will be absent.

VibrioCocci on October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Love to see her go… but have no hope that I won’t want her replacement to go too.

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Obama can’t ask us to trust that the same people who spent 42 months and $400 million delivering this debacle have the requisite skills to repair it within weeks while in operation. At least, not with a straight face.

Dude. Lois Lerner? Caught and quickly promoted?

onomo on October 22, 2013 at 1:03 PM

The Left loves the website fiasco.

1. It’s a squirrel to hide the lack of signups

2. They can funnel a billion $$$ to Dem donors – the original $600M plus the surge

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Btw, Mr. Clean and ARTICULATE, it is nobody is madder than “I,” not nobody is madder than “me.”

I was driving when I heard that… I first didn’t like his use of “madder” then moved into disgust over his use of “me.”

“Nobody is angrier than I.”

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

I was driving when I heard that… I first didn’t like his use of “madder” then moved into disgust over his use of “me.”

“Nobody is angrier than I.”

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

No. “Madder” was correct, as in “insane”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Sibelius must step in front of a microphone and say, “I take full responsibility”, after which she can keep doing her crappy job.

That’s how it works in liberal politics.

The Rogue Tomato on October 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM

My bet is the Obama administration is currently looking for a nice soft acceptable high paying gig for Sabelius to land so she can quietly resign from HHS to “spend more time with my family”. Just like Napolitano.

tommyboy on October 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

No. “Madder” was correct, as in “insane”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Beat me to it.

ElectricPhase on October 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

One of the reasons why HHS Sec Sebelius still has her job is because of the record levels of shilling that the lapdog media is doing to spin, obfuscate, and marginalize the reality of the Obamacare launch debacle.

Washington Post hack, Sarah Kliff, who covers health policy for the WaPoo, wrote a media style guide for the lapdogs on how to spin, obfuscate, and attack critics of the ACA and it’s trojan horse status.

What’s most humorous about the ‘style guide’ is that it is quite damning of the entire effort….

For example –

1. Not keeping the size of the overhaul in perspective. The Affordable Care Act is, without a doubt, the most significant insurance expansion since Medicaid and Medicare became law in 1965. At the same time, it will only impact a small sliver of the American population. Just 7 percent of the population — or 24 million Americans — are expected to use the health insurance marketplaces by 2023.

So, we’re spending several trillion a decade for just 7% of the population? Thanks for confirming that this is little more than another wealth redistribution scam….

or….

2. Comparing premiums from before and after the health care law. The health care law will dramatically upend the individual insurance market beginning Jan. 1. That makes comparing premiums from before the health law to those offered afterwards a bit like comparing apples to oranges — or even apples to steak.

Here’s why: The health care law makes four big changes to the individual insurance market. First, it requires health insurance plans to cover all subscribers regardless of whether they have any pre-existing health conditions. This will likely increase premiums, as insurers will have to accept sick patients who, right now, they reject.

The two of the other three ‘big changes’ also place significant upward pressure on premiums – but Kliff downplays these in her effort to spin away from one of the key lies promoted by Obama and the lapdog media – that premiums will decrease despite risks and costs significantly increasing.

This ‘style guide’ reflects the standard progressive view towards the American people – that we are stupid, far too stupid to really understand this stuff – and only really really smart people like Sebelius and Kliff can explain it.

h/t Breitbart.com

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

2. They can funnel a billion $$$ to Dem donors – the original $600M plus the surge

faraway on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Makes since. Meant to destroy and completely take over health care (with medicare and social security ponzi’s scheduled implosion the choice is fess up/moderate or expand) but I think they couldn’t stand all of this money funneling in front of their eyes. I say they’re already slush funding it. The fubar effect just covers their tracks.
Good one faraway.

onomo on October 22, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Remember this town hall gem with Snarlin’ Arlen and Sebaceous? Clearly, she’s a major human shield for Obama, and he will only throw he under the bus when he takes more heat than his handlers think he can handle.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Thus any hint of crisis is a death knell to ObamaCare. Bambi can’t fire the people involved nor can he admit to any serious problem in the system or in the law.

PackerBronco on October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

That’s a good point.

But I think Obama missed the mark yesterday. He dismissed the “glitches” as if they were minor design flaws. Like the wrong font was used or something. That doesn’t match the reality of anybody that has tried to access the system. In fact only three of his props for that speech even have gotten past the enrollment process and actually purchased insurance. The speech made him seem totally uninformed about the situation. Like when he berated that woman who dared claim her software engineer husband couldn’t find a job in Obama’s economy.

And, BTW, I’ve seen a lot of chatter about losing the Millenials because of the frustration of enrollment. I want to know how you get low-information critters to spend the time and effort to enroll when the process is so confusing.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

I’d settle for the lazy stupid (but Ivy league educated) coward to put the “g” on words ending in “ing.” I’m sick of the whole folksy “talkin’” coming from the POTUS.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I was driving when I heard that… I first didn’t like his use of “madder” then moved into disgust over his use of “me.”

“Nobody is angrier than I.”

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The literate and educated are not his target audience. His Ivy League liberal fans are thrilled that he knows who to relate to the common folk.

I won’t be surprised when starts speaking jive.

Drained Brain on October 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

What’s the madder?
Website not working?

right2bright on October 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

On a positive note, the Ice Queen’s political career is over.

blammm on October 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

What member of the Beltway/NYC Ruling class really gives a rats beehind about the serfs getting crappy care?

Congress?

The media?

The Obama’s? The Bushes? The Clinton’s?

PappyD61 on October 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

She is just luckey that even as dumb as she is Obama’s dumber.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

If Obama is “madder” than anyone, who is he mad at?

Republicans, for re-opening the government and shining the spotlight on the colossal failure of Obamacare, and Obama can’t even blame them for shutting down the government.

If this debacle with the website (and the high premiums and deductibles) continues much longer, by January Republicans will look like geniuses for wanting to spare the American people from this disaster, and never voting for it in the first place.

Between now and January, when the Continuing Resolution needs to be renewed, Republicans should give Democrats Obamacare–the rope to hang themselves politically.

Steve Z on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

No. “Madder” was correct, as in “insane”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:05 PM

I’m supposing you’re being sarcastic. But since I did raise the issue, I believe he meant to express his anger, but chose the wrong word. A “lower” use of “mad” is meant to express anger, but I believe “madder” is primarily in regard to insanity.

Oh well; I’m not an Ivy League graduate with sealed records so what do I know?

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Oh, the Dalmatians…Cruella skins ‘em and Dear Leader eats them.

d1carter on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

But then it is a Jim Jones level cult.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

To understand Obama’s proper attitude we need some answers. Did he ask his subordinates about the state of this central piece of his signature law? If not, then he is guilty himself of gross negligence. If so then: Did they deceive him or tell him the truth about it? If they deceived him then firing is in order along with a major need for self-correction in his management style because a good manager needs to be able to penetrate such deception. However if they told him and he consequently participated in the catastrophic rollout strategy and its deceptions then the politics of the situation are going to force him to continue the apparent strategy of deception, one which has worked well throughout his presidency, thanks to a sympathetic press corps. But the risk is that the MSM may not support his propaganda this time.

John E. on October 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

No, he would only be mad if the subsidized by taxpayers’ federal health insurance system for Congress creeps and fed employees was flailing….100% FAUX OUTRAGE!

hillsoftx on October 22, 2013 at 1:17 PM

If this debacle with the website (and the high premiums and deductibles) continues much longer, by January Republicans will look like geniuses for wanting to spare the American people from this disaster, and never voting for it in the first place.

Steve Z on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

No. They’ll look like cowardly idiots who unconditionally surrendered for no reason and let things run amok when they were clearly on the right side of the issue about something so dangerous, destructive, and anti-American as BarkyCare.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Don’t ever assume that obama has good intentions.

Note that the azzhole in chief no longer calls it obama’care’, as of yesterday. He now calls it the ‘Affordable’ ‘Care’ Act.

It sure is NOT affordable, NOT care and an act.

Hillary, more likely Booker, will run on single payer.

All by design. Meanwhile obama and his donors are stuffing their pockets with throwing your hard earned taxdollars at ‘fixing the system’.

Don’t be fooled. It’s all in front of you.

Nurse Ratched is the link from the dough into obama’s pockets.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 1:20 PM

If this debacle with the website (and the high premiums and deductibles) continues much longer, by January Republicans will look like geniuses for wanting to spare the American people from this disaster, and never voting for it in the first place.

Steve Z on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

You presume they are interested in facts and consequences of their decisions. They are not–libs are powered by emotions and blame.

hillsoftx on October 22, 2013 at 1:22 PM

From now on, every time a Dem whines about Repubs, tell them to chillax–it’s just “glitches” and “kinks”–and that no one is madder than “me” am.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM

For the same reason Eric Holder still has a job: Fellow idealogue who knows too much.

Philly on October 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

And, BTW, I’ve seen a lot of chatter about losing the Millenials because of the frustration of enrollment. I want to know how you get low-information critters to spend the time and effort to enroll when the process is so confusing.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Think he is losing the Millenials now? Wait until they get through either the website or the 1-800-F1UCKYO phone line to get their policy…and find their premium costs very high, with even larger deductibles, as they are being expected to subsidize the older policyholders.

Then as they decide as to whether or not they will purchase, they will also have to consider that next year, the penalty will be the GREATER of $95 or 1% of their income, with the 2015 penalty seeing the percentage of income increasing to 2%, and hitting 2.5% in 2016.

When they see that they are going to pay for the insurance policy that they can neither afford or believe they need one way or the other, they will push back….which will only make the entire premium structure less viable.

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The Queen of Death knows way too much “inside baseball” about the Administration… she’s not going ANYWHERE…

Her CONTINUED PAYCHECK guarantees her CONTINUED SILENCE…

Khun Joe on October 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

I’m supposing you’re being sarcastic. But since I did raise the issue, I believe he meant to express his anger, but chose the wrong word.

mankai on October 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Of course. That’s why I made a little play on his laughable abuse of “on the precipice” in my earlier comment. What Barky actually said (and it was with regard to this national socialized health insurance/care monstrosity) was, “We are on the precipice of a great achievement …” The guy is just, plain stupid with little command of English.

This is why people need to see Barky’s SAT and LSAT scores. I guarantee that Barky didn’t score north of 920 on this SATs … and he probably was around the low 800s, which is ridiculously pathetic. Wayne Allen Root tried to get his LSATs publicized in the 2008 election to prove that Barky was nothing but an affirmative action idiot brought to Hah-vahd for a token spot. All those people who crowed about how intelligent the imbecile is (and there are some who still do, which is amazing, in and of itself) need to be put in their place and shown that they should never make any public comments about anything. This includes the idiot Krauthammer and … others. Many others.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

No way he’ll fire her. Same with Holder, Jarret, et. al.
Red Creek on October 22, 2013 at 12:50 PM

No, he won’t fire Jarret…
But she might fire him.

LegendHasIt on October 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

paraphrasing here….”Why arent heads rolling?”….really Ed?
This regime has left our own citizens to DIE, has murdered our own LEO`s vis a vie FastnFurious….not a peep on any of that, and you think Sebellius is gonna get fired….HAHAHAHAHAHA!

NY Conservative on October 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Why does Sebelius still have a job

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He just needs to find another position in this administration with more perks and salary with opportunities to pad her own offshore bank accounts and that’s where she will go.

News2Use on October 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

He’s still an amateur. OOTY winner!

HellCat on October 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

“Nobody’s madder than me.”

Nice grammar, you Ivy League putz…

dpduq on October 22, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Remember the Rule of Capabilities:
“A’s” hire A’s … B’s hire C’s, etc.

Until we see King Putt’s transcripts (and we NEVER will) I’ll wager he is at best a C+ student. This level is achieved WITH the full effects of Affirmative Action in His favor.

I’ll let the LIVeral’s and other blog TROOL’s counter this claim by offering up links (any links) to ANYTHING that President Present published when he was either the Editor of the Harvard Law Review OR what he published to gain the (fallacious) title of Constitutional Law PROFESSOR while he was actually ONLY a PART TIME LECTURER at the University of Chicago (night school).

Missilengr on October 22, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Only a narcissist would put his own problems ahead of the problems he has created for an entire nation.

TexasDan on October 22, 2013 at 1:44 PM

She knows where the bodies are buried…and why certain people got certain contracts for this boondoggle.

And being in government means never having to say you’re sorry.

PattyJ on October 22, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Is she on a bus to Kansas yet? Epic fail and the taxpayers want their money back – every penny.

Amazingoly on October 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Only a narcissist would put his own problems ( and feelings ) ahead of the problems he has created for an entire nation.

TexasDan on October 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Being a Democrat means never having to say you’re sorry.

SSDDem.

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

well, there’s nothing in particular right now other then this rollout debacle/theater…

I would bet even money when the NEXT BIG THING(TM) is going to be dropped, she’ll fall on her sword and let Obama fire her (more masculine that way.)

Keith_Indy on October 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Why does Sebelius still have a job if “nobody’s madder than” Obama over Healthcare.gov debacle?

That Obama is a pretty smooth operator because he is going to make her FIX it before he fires her.
Heh, Heh.

Herb on October 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

and the press will go along like the lapdogs they are…

Keith_Indy on October 22, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Part of being a good leader is being able to choose a support team with the skills necessary to complete the tasks you assign to them. When they aren’t able to do this, letting them stay on and expressing your complete confidence in them is just downright insane. But it’s not surprising. People in the ATF, Justice Dept., SOS, NSA and IRS still have their jobs. Some of them resigned, but none of them were fired, and some of their incompetence cost people their lives. And so the insanity continues.

scalleywag on October 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

” Daddy, have you plugged Sebelius yet?”

katy the mean old lady on October 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Is she on a bus to Kansas yet?

Amazingoly on October 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Her broom broken?

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 2:05 PM

In fact, the word “accountable” never appears in his speech,

It’s never appeared in his administration either.

GarandFan on October 22, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Why does Sebelius still have a job?

Because in the Cloward-Piven view of the world, she IS doing her job.

We are bringing Western civilization to its knees by selling private insurance plans on a web site where people pick and choose.”

- Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary

What does that remind me of?

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

- Barack Hussein Obama June 23, 2007

Yes, it appears that Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius are “fellow travellers” on the journey to bring the “Empire” of Western civilization “to its knees”.

Who else wants to bring the U.S. “Empire” to its knees?

Bill Ayers on his blog September 10, 2008:

“The end of an empire is messy at best….

and this one is ending like all the rest.” Randy Newman

Ayers posted that the day before the 7th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and less than 2 months before the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the Presidency… the same Barack Hussein Obama who started his political career in Bill Ayers’ living room, and who said that he shares his life’s journey with all who have ever sought to… bring an empire to its knees.

ITguy on October 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Why does Sebelius still have a job?

Because in the Cloward-Piven view of the world, she IS doing her job.

We are bringing Western civilization to its knees by selling private insurance plans on a web site where people pick and choose.”

- Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary

ITguy on October 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

We are bringing Western civilization to its knees by selling private insurance plans on a web site where people pick and choose.”

- Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary

What does that remind me of?

But my journey is part of a larger journey- one shared by all who’ve ever sought to apply the values of their faith to our society. It’s a journey that takes us back to our nation’s founding, when none other than a UCC church inspired the Boston Tea Party and helped bring an Empire to its knees.

- Barack Hussein Obama June 23, 2007

Yes, it appears that Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius are “fellow travellers” on the journey to bring the “Empire” of Western civilization “to its knees”.

Who else wants to bring the U.S. “Empire” to its knees?

Bill Ayers on his blog September 10, 2008:

“The end of an empire is messy at best….

and this one is ending like all the rest.” Randy Newman

Ayers posted that the day before the 7th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, and less than 2 months before the election of Barack Hussein Obama to the Presidency… the same Barack Hussein Obama who started his political career in Bill Ayers’ living room, and who said that he shares his life’s journey with all who have ever sought to… bring an empire to its knees.

ITguy on October 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Obama was also the maddest of all about IRS, remember? So the most Sebelius should fear is a long paid vacation not charged against her accrued vacation leave, like Lerner.

Sebelius is close to Obama’s heart because like him she loves killing babies. No child under a full day old is safe from these butchers. So they are kindred spirits in bloodlust.

Adjoran on October 22, 2013 at 2:35 PM

The only reason this has made Obama mad is it has taken time away from his golf game.

sadatoni on October 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Nice post Ed.

As for hiring Matt Lewis’s suggestion of hiring Leyland it’s a wonderfully snarky column. The trouble is it doesn’t acknowledge the two differences that are key to explaining why Obama doesn’t need to fire Sebelius — the federal government has no competition and Obama owns the team for the next three years.

Oh, wait. There’s three differences. Obama and his cronies will still turn a tidy financial profit whether the team wins or loses.

Dusty on October 22, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Well, at least JugEars and Leyland have this in common.

pain train on October 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

GOP, suck on this.

Schadenfreude on October 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Obama got mad, issue resolved. Move along now, nothing to see here.

Athos on October 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Because both Obama and Sebelius have lost all contact with the real world. In fact, those two dolts are lost in a thick fog without a compass or a map.

rplat on October 22, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Incompetent Clown Administration.

Jaibones on October 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Why does Sebelius still have a job if “nobody’s madder than” Obama over Healthcare.gov debacle?

Maybe Obama is waiting for Christmas to *shred the Silver Lady up for icicles on the White House Christmas tree (if Obama Grinch actually allows one this year despite it’s all the Repubs fault).

*One can only hope.

Sherman1864 on October 22, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I think it’s highly probable Sebelius still has her job because she’s done precisely what the Obama White House told her to do. Same with Lerner and the other f***ups in the administration.

The other possibility is that being the malignant narcissist that he is, Obama keeps other incompetents around to deflect attention from his own inadequacies. Think Joe Biden. The VP makes Obama look like Einstein, Jefferson, and Demosthenes rolled into one.

RobertE on October 22, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I wish preznit would get madder about the economy so it would get fixed.

SparkPlug on October 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Btw, Mr. Clean and ARTICULATE, it is nobody is madder than “I,” not nobody is madder than “me.”

And, while you are at it, try learning the proper usage of “a” and “an.”

Christien on October 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

I’d settle for the lazy stupid (but Ivy league educated) coward to put the “g” on words ending in “ing.” I’m sick of the whole folksy “talkin’” coming from the POTUS.

Happy Nomad on October 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

“I ain’t no ways tarred.”

davidk on October 22, 2013 at 5:10 PM

This is all proof of the Limbaugh Theorem, BTW.

slickwillie2001 on October 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Who cares what Obama said?

crr6 on May 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Del Dolemonte on October 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM

You don’t understand democrats very well do you Ed? Failure is a badge of honor to these idiots. Sebelius will probably get a promotion out of this.

Farenht451 on October 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on October 22, 2013 at 1:27 PM

All hail, President Precipice !!!

VorDaj on October 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

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