Sebelius: I don’t work for the people who want me fired

posted at 8:41 am on October 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit included this in his QOTD last night, but it really deserves its own post just for the sheer cluelessness of the statement.  It’s not quite “Let them eat cake” (which Marie Antoinette never actually said, by the way), but it’s not far off, either.  And the bigger takeaway isn’t just about Kathleen Sebelius (via The Corner):

REPORTER: Who have you fired?

SEBELIUS: No one – no one has been fired.  My goal is to actually get the website up and running.

REPORTER: [Crosstalk] What is your response to those who are calling for you to resign?

SEBELIUS: Well, the majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that.

Perhaps Sebelius missed this point in high-school civics, but federal employees actually work for all of us.  Sebelius obviously means that Barack Obama hasn’t demanded her resignation, but that’s just as obviously apparent, or she’d already be out of a job.  There probably isn’t any way she could have said this any worse, politically speaking.  Why not just say, “The President hasn’t asked me to resign, so there’s nothing else to discuss”?

The more significant point, though, is what she says to the first question — “No one has been fired.” Really?  Not a single person has missed a paycheck after the disaster that cost $400 million and took 42 months to deliver?  Recall that Sebelius claimed that Obama had been blindsided by the embarrassing failure and strongly implied that she had been as well.  Sebelius had, after all, spent the last several months claiming that everything was going hunky-dory and that there was no need to delay the rollout.  Either Sebelius has been and continues to lie about all of the above, or her subordinates have been lying to her – and any minimally-competent manager would have canned them immediately on discovering it. The fact that no one has been fired at HHS over this strongly suggests that it’s Sebelius and the White House who have been dishonest with the American public all along.


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Send her to Iran for re-education.

tim c on October 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Really? Who does Sebelius think she works for? The King?

Frankly, I think we should make her stay and then force-feed her the cake that she baked.

Marcus Traianus on October 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

No one ever gets fired in this administration. No one’s lost their job over F&F, Benghazi, and at least so far, Obamacare. In the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner was the only notable casualty, and even that barely counts since she got a lengthy paid vacation before being let go and will still receive a fat pension.

Doughboy on October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Nobody in government has worked for us for a while now, now they are just admitting it.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Typical Obama skank.

rplat on October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

After she gets fired/resigns I’m sure there will be some major University clamoring to make her President or a regent.

jeffinsjvca on October 25, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Really? Who does Sebelius think she works for? The King?…
Marcus Traianus on October 25, 2013 at 8:46 AM

In a nut shell, yes.

Gatsu on October 25, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Nurse Ratch…er…Sebelius’ motto:

Of the ObamiNation
By the ObamiNation
For the ObamiNation.

Steve Eggleston on October 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

She does not work for non-socialists.

From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

– Karl Marx

kingsjester on October 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Government is all powerful and benevolent.

No matter how bad we screw things up, (and we do that very well) no one will ever be held accountable in this administration because, well, you see, we only have the best intentions. Why would you fire someone because they want universal health care?

libtard mindset.

rightside on October 25, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Typical Obama skank.

rplat on October 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Pretty much.

My prediction, that arrogant comment is going to come back and hurt the ignorant slut.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Manufactured victimization. Her boss is the one that needs to be fired though.

racquetballer on October 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

For the last 4 years I’ve been pondering the Obama administration and have been trying to determine if:

1. They are the most inept, clueless people ever to grace Washington DC.

or

2. They are the biggest conglomerate of liars ever assembled in Washington DC.

I’ve finally realized the answers.

1. Yes
2. Yes

Deano1952 on October 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

I wanna know how many received bonuses.

mankai on October 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

In the government, no one ever gets fired…really. They just get promoted.

STL_Vet on October 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

In the private sector (AKA the real world) someone would have been canned by now. Perhaps many people. $400,000,000? Are you kidding me? How many starving children could have been fed with that money?

In the world of Big Government, however, the failures are rewarded and protected. This is one of the many, many reasons why the private sector (AKA the real world), while not perfect, is much more efficient at delivering products and services. The government is, and always will be, a basket-case of waste, fraud and abuse. It doesn’t matter how many well-intentioned “geniuses” they hire.

And yet our Leftist fellow citizens want more, more, more. Lower and and middle-income families to be hardest hit in the end, as usual.

visions on October 25, 2013 at 8:55 AM

In the liberal world, if you eff up, you get promoted.

racquetballer on October 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Perhaps Sebelius missed this point in high-school civics, but federal employees actually work for all of us.

It’s pretty obvious that Sebelius missed a lot of basic points in high-school civics . . . and in high school economics, and in high school math, and in high school computer science . . . .

AZCoyote on October 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I wanna know how many received bonuses.

mankai on October 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Good point.

Never mind blowing half a billion of taxpayer’s money. Let’s get this thing up and running and rewarding those whose sheer incompetence made it necessary for others to spend countless hours trying to make it even possible to get past the third screen of a website.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 8:58 AM

You work for me sweetie and I want you gone.

gophergirl on October 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Kathleen knows you only get fired by this White House for tweeting snark about their ineptness, not for actually being inept.

jon1979 on October 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Well, they did fire a navigator. So there is that. /

hillsoftx on October 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Bow before Her Highness the Health Mistress you slaves!

/s

May they all burn in hell.

oryguncon on October 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Norn Ornstein, who has been around DC forever, has this wonderful snippet …

Go back, first, to Max Baucus’s famous and widely distorted and misused “train wreck” comment in a hearing to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in April 2013. Contrary to Ted Cruz and countless other Republicans, Baucus did not call Obamacare a train wreck—he was referring directly to its implementation through the website. He said, “I understand you’ve hired a contractor. I’m just worried that that’s going to be money down the drain because contractors like to make money more than they like to do anything else. That’s their job. They’ve got to worry about their shareholders and whatnot.

.. they knew back in April that the web site was going to be a “train wreck.”

If Sebelius, the president, the leaders at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other White House officials were unaware before that hearing about the implementation problems, they could not be unaware afterward. And, as we are now hearing, the stark internal warnings from tech experts of deep-seated problems in the programs came months ago and went unheeded.

.. HHS secretary Sebelius has been lying her ass off since the healthcare.gov rollout claiming the the “Sargent Schultz defense” for her hapless incompetent boss.

If they knew it was screwed up in April, does anybody really think it will be fixed by the end of the year (let alone any earlier date) ?

After the shutdown and the Democrat failure to negotiate, if Obama doesn’t go back to Congress to delay ObamaCare’s start, the House should impeach his ass. Forget party lines, what Democrat wants it set down in a recorded vote that failure to follow the law as agreed by the Congress and signed by the President should be excusable ? … if so, what will they do when a Republican is POTUS ?

The kicker in this whole situation is this fiasco is the reason the Republicans shut the government down and the media won’t for a second connect the dots.

J_Crater on October 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Harlot

Murphy9 on October 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

this strongly suggests that it’s Sebelius and the White House who have been dishonest with the American public all along.


Ya think?

GrayDog on October 25, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Birds of a feather flock together.

Looks like a flock of vultures feeding on our tax money.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

It’s pretty obvious that Sebelius missed a lot of basic points in high-school civics . . . and in high school economics, and in high school math, and in high school computer science . . . .

AZCoyote on October 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

You’re kidding right. When this whore was in high school there as no computer science. They were still using the abacus.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

This statement qualifies her to be Hillary’s VP.

meci on October 25, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Well actually, SOMEONE has been fired. The nice young woman that spoke to Hannity lost her job.

stenwin77 on October 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Democrat elites, they are above it all and not responsible for the failings of their big leviathan, but Fire that little lady making $26K for talking on the phone to Sean Hannity, because she lets the cat out of the bag that no one can get into the system for 42 more hours, and they are writing the phone call down on a paper application. Mean while the perps tell us it is “up and running,” lying thru their teeth because you can call a 1 800 number.

They had testimony yesterday that said everything was running, but it clearly contradicts what the phone service in Panama City knew.

The man behind the curtain has to go, to bad we didn’t fire him.

Fleuries on October 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

No one has been fired?

Erlene has been fired.

The first rule of Obamacare failure is you don’t talk about Obamacare failure.

Pablo on October 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Sebelius: I don’t work for the people who want me fired

IMO, this is quickly becoming more than just about Obamacare. It is about how much government is too much.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

EFF you, you commie skank. YOU work for US!!

HomeoftheBrave on October 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Recall that Sebelius claimed that Obama had been blindsided by the embarrassing failure and strongly implied that she had been as well.

Yes, yes, we totally believe them. This is another example of Democrat “competence” brought to you by Team O.

conservative pilgrim on October 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

No one has been fired?

Erlene has been fired.

The first rule of Obamacare failure is you don’t talk about Obamacare failure.

Pablo on October 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

What’s it going to take to wake the plebs up?

conservative pilgrim on October 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Let’s face it. People who get fired talk. That’s the story. This is about message control.

boone on October 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Stick a fork in the United States of America…it’s over…

PatriotRider on October 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Deano1952 on October 25, 2013 at 8:54 AM

They have an entitlement mindset. Someone taught them noblese oblige. They are truly fellow travelers and live, work and play in the same circles. They were superficially educated and the achievers took advanced degrees in public policy. How about some real adults in govt again?

freedomfirst on October 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

SEBELIUS: No one – no one has been fired. My goal is to actually get the website up and running.

Lie!!

The call center lady who talked to Hannity has been fired.

Because, well, ……. accountability.

Bitter Clinger on October 25, 2013 at 9:18 AM

There is the problem right there. She doesn’t think she works for us. None of them do.

ctmom on October 25, 2013 at 9:19 AM

“Recall that Sebelius claimed that Obama had been blindsided by the embarrassing failure and strongly implied that she had been as well.”

So, if we drill-down thru’ the command hierarchy in search of the responsible Cognizant Manager, we end up in the Janitor’s closet/break-room? Union member?

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Sebelius: I don’t work for the people who want me fired

IMO, this is quickly becoming more than just about Obamacare. It is about how much government is too much.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Thread winner.

And the entire raison d’être for the Tea Party. While TEA (Taxed Enough Already) is a good backronym, the real issue was rampant waste by our elected (non-)representatives. We don’t have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. I still have a great picture of AJ at one of our first Tea Party rallies holding up a sign saying “Your Pork Broke My Piggy Bank”.

Of course, we won’t see this simple point in the media; it’s beyond the comprehension of the babbling class. AJ is in grammar school and can explain the differences between conservatism and liberalism, both pros and cons, better than any of the talking heads.

AJsDaddie on October 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM

You work for me and yes I want you quite fired.

Sherman1864 on October 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Sebelius: I don’t work for the people who want me fired

Translation: “Shut up, peasants. You’ll take what I give you and like it.”

Physics Geek on October 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

You know, I understand the outrage over what she said, but I don’t really share it. It was badly phrased. But she was simply saying that the people she directly reports to haven’t called for her resignation. As Lennie Briscoe on Law & Order once said, “Even though you are a taxpayer, you know, we don’t actually work for you personally.”

Shump on October 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

There isn’t a political solution for this mess. That’s what I fear.

claudius on October 25, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Fired? I wanted her to charged with sedition and live out her days in the cell next to Lois Lerner. But alas, she works for Barry, who works for… Hey! why is this waste of space still in my face?!

onomo on October 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Do any of them believe they work for us? Bet not. Her goof was being dumb enough to admit it.

changer1701 on October 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Serious question: If the last line of this post is correct (and I believe it is), and the Obama administration knew that the rollout was going to be a mess, with attendant political fallout, why didn’t they just take the Republican offer to delay the whole thing for a year? Of course that would be seen by libs as “caving” to right-wing nuts, but the administration could have easily played it as being forced to postpone health care nirvana to avoid the economic disaster of a shutdown, with the Republicans being portrayed as a party so vile as to be willing to usher in economic chaos unless needy Americans were denied “health care.” That kind of schtick is the only thing Obama does well. In the additional year the administration could have tried to make the rollout less of a fiasco, and in return for the delay of his signature program, he may even have been able to drive a harder bargain with Republicans. From a purely political standpoint (the only standpoint Obama ever seems to take), wouldn’t that have been the smarter move?

SacredFire on October 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

So far the only person fired over this fiasco is the one person who’s told the truth about what a epicclusterfark it’s been.

HumpBot Salvation on October 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

I’m no longer surprised by the arrogance in DC. Here in the real world if you don’t do your job, or you’re horrible at it and display a stunning level of incompetence, it’s simple. You’re fired. End of story. In DC your stunning display of ignorance, incompetence, corruption, or lawlessness is just part of the status quo, there are no consequences. It’s perfectly acceptable! It’s as if we’re running a monarchy up there now.

scalleywag on October 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Actually, she’s incorrect, a firing did happen. A very low on their totem pole telephone operator at the famous 800# for speaking the truth to Hannity about ocare.

Kissmygrits on October 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Why should they fire anyone? This administration has no accountability to the American people. They can do what they want, and don’t ever seem to suffer any consequences. As long as Sebiluis and her underlings are loyal to the President and the Party, that’s all that really matters to them.

mbs on October 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

No one’s been fired because no whistleblower has stepped forward to point real fingers.

Only whistleblowers get fired.

TerryW on October 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

“Heck of a job, Seby.”

- President B.H.O. commending his staff regarding “Healthcare.gov” the aftermath of Hurricane Obamacare.

lonestarleeroy on October 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

You’re kidding right. When this whore was in high school there as no computer science. They were still using the abacus.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Hey!    She’s only 2 years older than I am. We had Slide Rules!

TerryW on October 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

May they all burn in hell.

oryguncon on October 25, 2013 at 9:02 AM

I’d bet that they will, especially this heretic and her fellow heretics, Pelosi, Biden, O’Malley, Cuomo, et al. God help them, before it is too late.

pannw on October 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

No one ever gets fired in this administration

Actually they do. The lady who talked to Sean Hannity from Healtcare.gov got fired. Petty, stupid little people.

UnderstandingisPower on October 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Three more years of this?
God help us.

TimBuk3 on October 25, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Sebelius is stupid. This whole bunch is stupid.
We are so screwed. I wouldn’t have a problem with the country going to a bunch of evil geniuses. But a bunch of evil imbeciles really kills me.

ORconservative on October 25, 2013 at 10:32 AM

What’s with all the ugly women womyn shanks around her?
And they all do NOT have Obozocare!

Bubba Redneck on October 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Who DO you work for?

The answer will be most enlightening.

Bubba Redneck on October 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

We need to start hollerin’ from the rooftops all about these Commie Bastards in Govt, we need to go back to the 1950/60′s and not let up!

It was a sight to behold, since when did being a commie bastard become ‘normal’ in America?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWeZ5SKXvj8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w86QhV7whjs

Scrumpy on October 25, 2013 at 10:46 AM

HMmmmmmmmm,…………………

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Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree 10m

Dem letter: “we urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014″
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Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree 16m

10 Dems: Shaheen NH, Begich AK, Pryor AR, Landrieu LA, Hagan NC, Feinstein CA, Udall & Bennet CO, Udall & Henrich NM
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Jamie Dupree ‏@jamiedupree 18m

10 Democratic Senators send letter to Sebelius asking for delay in enrollment deadline http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=9a68e618-b3b0-41cb-a7df-0861a358c9f1
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Press Release

SHAHEEN LEADS COALITION OF SENATORS TO CALL FOR OPEN ENROLLMENT EXTENSION

“As technical glitches persist, Senators urge HHS Secretary to push back health insurance exchange enrollment deadline ”

October 25, 2013

(Washington, DC) – As Americans continue to experience technical difficulties with federal and state health insurance enrollment, a coalition of U.S. Senators led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is calling on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to extend the open enrollment period to give Americans more time to obtain health insurance coverage.

“As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans,” read the letter signed by Shaheen along with U.S. Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Tom Udall (D-NM), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM). “Our constituents are frustrated, and we fear that the longer the website is not functional, opportunities for people to log on, learn about their insurance choices, and enroll will be lost.”

The letter sent today reiterates Shaheen’s earlier call to extend open enrollment if the technological glitches persist with healthcare.gov. An extended open enrollment deadline “will give consumers critical time in which to become familiar with the website and choose a plan that is best for them,” the Senators said.

The full text of the Senators’ letter is below:

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

When fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act represents a bold step forward in reforming our nation’s health care system. It has the potential to improve the quality of care we all receive and provides the opportunity for millions of Americans to purchase quality, affordable health insurance.

The newly created federal and state health insurance marketplaces are intended to allow consumers the opportunity to compare health insurance options and find a plan that fits their needs and their budgets. For three years, we have been eagerly waiting for the launch of these marketplaces. However, now that the marketplaces are open, we have become discouraged and frustrated with the problems and interactions that are occurring with the Affordable Care Act’s federally-administered website, healthcare.gov.

As long as these substantial technology glitches persist, we are losing valuable time to educate and enroll people in insurance plans. Our constituents are frustrated, and we fear that the longer the website is not functional, opportunities for people to log on, learn about their insurance choices, and enroll will be lost.

Given the existing problems with healthcare.gov and other state-run marketplace websites that depend on the federally-administered website, we urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014. Extending this period will give consumers critical time in which to become familiar with the website and choose a plan that is best for them. Individuals should not be penalized for lack of coverage if they are unable to purchase health insurance due to technical problems.

The Affordable Care Act has already had a significant impact on the lives of millions of Americans; seniors are now paying less for their prescription drugs, critical preventive care services are available for free and important work is being done to improve the quality of care we receive. Americans will now have the opportunity to receive tax credits to purchase quality health insurance, and starting in January 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny health coverage because of a pre-existing condition or drop coverage if someone is sick.

We appreciate your efforts to fully implement this law and look forward to working with you to accomplish that goal. Thank you for considering our requests to extend the open enrollment period if the healthcare.gov substantial technology glitches continue.

Signatories:

Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Mark Begich (D-AK); Mark Pryor (D-AR); Mary Landrieu (D-LA); Kay Hagan (D-NC); Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Mark Udall (D-CO); Tom Udall (D-NM); Michael Bennet (D-CO); Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

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http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/news/press/release/?id=9a68e618-b3b0-41cb-a7df-0861a358c9f1

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

My prediction, that arrogant comment is going to come back and hurt the ignorant slut.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM

I’d like to believe that, but the trend so far indicates nothing will hurt anyone in this regime.
I’m to the point of believing she could pull out a gun and shoot Ted Cruz in the middle of a hearing and get away with it.

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Would someone take the time to explain to the New York Times that the Health care.gov website will *NOT* be fixed in a “few days”.

6 months maybe, a year more likely, if and only if we get Obama away from trying to help fix it and fire Sebelius. If both of them remain, fixing healthcare.gov is a perpetual motion machine.

Mycroft_514 on October 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

We’ve always known Sebelius is pure evil but now we find out she’s incompetent and stupid too. She’s the perfect twin to Obama’s white half. Two peas in a pod.

jqc1970 on October 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

6 months maybe, a year more likely, if and only if we get Obama away from trying to help fix it and fire Sebelius. If both of them remain, fixing healthcare.gov is a perpetual motion machine.

Mycroft_514 on October 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Depends on how you define “fixed”.
They might make a bit more functional, but my guess is this monstrosity will NEVER work correctly.

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Always knew Sebelius is pure evil but now know she is stupid as well as incompetent too.

jqc1970 on October 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Isn’t it Amazing what you are willing to say when you know the Entire Establishment Media Complex is going to cover for you?

jaydee_007 on October 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Always knew Sebelius is pure evil but now know she is stupid as well as incompetent too.

jqc1970 on October 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

But she’s smart enough to know she’s in the protected class of the Obumble Regime. So she’s above the law – and she knows it.

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM

MeanWhile,ISSA’s Posse’is on Hot Pursuit:
(sarc)

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 10m

Issa, Sen Alexander write to Sebelius. Issa raises possibility of subpoena if they don’t provide docs on health care website by October 28.

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

I think her office is clarifying her statement as we speak…

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Obama health care law

Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius in Austin on Obamacare web site: ‘I didn’t realize it wasn’t going to work optimally before the launch’ – @JimAcostaCNN

7 mins ago by editor

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Obama health care law

Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius calls current healthcare.gov website ‘far from optimal’ – @NBCNews

43 secs ago by editor

canopfor on October 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Another one whom I can’t stand the sight of.

Cleombrotus on October 25, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Proof positive that there is something terribly wrong with a system where the people (taxpayers) paying the bill have the least say in how the government is run. Makes me long for the days when only landowners could vote.

WestTexasBirdDog on October 25, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Serious question: If… why didn’t they just take the Republican offer to delay the whole thing for a year?

SacredFire on October 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

There is one major, yet completely understandable, fallacy in your postulated reasoning: It seems that it presumes that rational people are involved.

(Or perhaps there’s something more nefarious going on like teeing up the punt to ssssingle pppppayer (?))

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

The Absolute, Abject and Unmitigated CONTEMPT this Administration HAS for Americans is Beyond Comprehension!!

williamg on October 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

CONTEMPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

williamg on October 25, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Serious question: If… why didn’t they just take the Republican offer to delay the whole thing for a year?

SacredFire on October 25, 2013 at 9:52 AM

There is one major, yet completely understandable, fallacy in your postulated reasoning: It seems that it presumes that rational people are involved.

(Or perhaps there’s something more nefarious going on like teeing up the punt to ssssingle pppppayer (?))

Tsar of Earth on October 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Because it’s a Republican initiative!

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2013 at 12:34 PM

What do you think it’s going to be like when the IRS denies your insurance claim?!?!

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

KMC1 on October 25, 2013 at 12:37 PM

The Absolute, Abject and Unmitigated CONTEMPT this Administration HAS for Americans is Beyond Comprehension!!

williamg on October 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM

I’m really starting to think the only way we will ever see justice served on this regime is if we get to the point of a big Marie Antoinette party.

dentarthurdent on October 25, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Caricature of Incompetence — David Gregory

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Haven’t read the comments,
Who the F*#k does she think she works for????
IDIOTS!!!!
Incompetent Idiots

Neal4007 on October 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

In DC you have it your way or both ways or any ways.

jaywemm on October 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

So if her salary comes from tax dollars, she gets paid by whome?

RdLake on October 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

So if her salary comes from tax dollars, she gets paid by whom?

RdLake on October 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Obama’s stash?

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Arrogant slime bag.

TX-96 on October 25, 2013 at 3:25 PM

The more significant point, though, is what she says to the first question — “No one has been fired.” Really? Not a single person has missed a paycheck after the disaster that cost $400 million and took 42 months to deliver?

Not true…a woman who was answering the phone for Obamacare was fired for telling the truth about Obamacare to Sean Hannity on the radio. Sean Hannity invited her on his Fox News show last night and offered her a year’s salary and help finding another job.

But the people who SHOULD have been fired weren’t…

Steve Z on October 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM

It’s not quite “Let them eat cake” (which Marie Antoinette never actually said, by the way), but it’s not far off, either.

Maybe a little O/T, but this infamous Marie Antoinette (mis)quote has become a poster-child for tone-deafness to public suffering, but only in English-speaking countries due to poor translation.

Marie Antoinette was the pampered wife of young King Louis XVI of France during the 1780′s until their death in 1794, who had a reputation for selfishness and insensitivity to the suffering of the population at large.

During the tumultuous years leading up to the French Revolution in 1789, Marie Antoinette was told that many poor French people could not afford to buy bread, to which she replied, “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (They should eat brioche).

“Brioche” in France is not “cake”, but a light, soft, airy form of bread which is cheaper to make but less nutritious than either whole-wheat bread or the long, rod-shaped “baguettes” that are popular in France. “Brioche” is also sweeter than “baguettes” (more salty) which makes “brioche” appealing to children, but it is much less nutritious than ordinary bread.

Marie Antoinette was not implying that poor people who could not afford bread should eat cake, which they obviously couldn’t afford. She was suggesting that they should eat a cheaper, less nutritious form of bread, so that they could still pay tribute to the crown. Insensitive and tone-deaf, but not demanding that people spend more money.

In this respect, Obama and Sebelius are even more demanding than Marie Antoinette, forcing people to spend more money on something they can’t afford, and having the audacity to call it the “Affordable” Care Act.

Steve Z on October 25, 2013 at 4:43 PM

and any minimally-competent manager would have canned them immediately on discovering it. The fact that no one has been fired at HHS over this strongly suggests that it’s Sebelius and the White House who have been dishonest with the American public all along.

Or else, Ed, it just means that they’ve got a steady pipeline to some great ‘shrooms,, and they’re just hodoggin’ it for the time being.

No ned to get your panties in a wad, man. Here; have some.

dissent555 on October 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

..b!tch

KOOLAID2 on October 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM

and any minimally-competent manager would have canned them immediately on discovering it. The fact that no one has been fired at HHS over this strongly suggests that it’s Sebelius and the White House who have been dishonest with the American public all along.

You need to better understand the power-hungry psyche. They are not lying, it’s just that the truth is beside the point, in their minds. They are “big-picture” people. Implementation is not their gig, so why would they be judged on that?

All this focus on the technical failings of the incompetent CGI distracts from the fundamentally bad idea that is the state takeover of medicine and health-insurance. Not one single shred of evidence of poor execution will be laid at the door of these delusional demagogues.

It is these politicians’ bad ideas that are the real problem and they need to be fired at the next opportunity.

virgo on October 26, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Perhaps Sebelius missed this point in high-school civics, but federal employees actually work for all of us. Sebelius obviously means that Barack Obama hasn’t demanded her resignation, but that’s just as obviously apparent, or she’d already be out of a job. There probably isn’t any way she could have said this any worse, politically speaking. Why not just say, “The President hasn’t asked me to resign, so there’s nothing else to discuss”?

She’s wrong, of course. She does work for all of us.

But I understand why she doesn’t say, “The President hasn’t asked me to resign.” That would be just asking for it.

Sebelius knows that the only way she keeps her job is to make sure any blame falls on her subordinates. If she says, “The President hasn’t asked me to resign,” that just raises the question of why the President hasn’t asked for her resignation in all the wrong circles.

So she’ll steer very clear of that question at all costs.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Isn’t this the same person that was going to let the little girl that needed a lung transplant die because she didn’t meet her criteria?

jpcpt03 on October 27, 2013 at 7:27 PM