Open thread: Sebelius to testify in House over ObamaCare success* (live video embed)

posted at 8:01 am on October 30, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will take testimony today from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a hearing scheduled to start at 9 am today. Yesterday, the Ways and Means Committee heard from Sebelius subordinate Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), who offered an apology for the ObamaCare fiasco of the last several weeks, even as the White House doubled down on the emerging exposure of their “you can keep your plan” lie:

The head of the U.S. agency responsible for the troubled new government-run healthcare website apologized on Tuesday for the difficulty people are having in obtaining insurance, but blamed the portal’s woes on contractors and high traffic.

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said the website faces “complex technical issues” four weeks after it opened for enrollment.

“We know that consumers are eager to purchase this coverage. And to the millions of Americans who have attempted to use Healthcare.gov to shop and enroll in healthcare coverage, I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should,” Tavenner told a congressional hearing.

Tavenner told Congress to give her a few more weeks to get the website fixed, but that didn’t impress Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs Ways & Means:

“Frankly, three years should have been enough. And had the administration provided more forthcoming answers and shared, in a transparent manner, the reality of the challenges it was encountering in the implementation process, I suspect many of these glitches could have been avoided,” Camp said.

“While a website can eventually be fixed, the widespread problems with Obamacare cannot,” he said.

Even at that, Tavenner got a relatively easy ride from Ways and Means.  Sebelius had better not expect the same kind of treatment from Energy and Commerce.  Republicans want Sebelius fired over the debacle, and the Washington Post reports this morning that the pattern looks very familiar:

It’s Kathleen Sebelius’s turn now. On the Hill, they’re calling for her resignation and tossing around words like “subpoena.” Pundits are merrily debating her future. (She’s toast! Or is Obama too loyal to fire her so soon?) Her interviews, more closely parsed than usual, seem wobbly. Though never a colorful presence on the political scene, she’s suddenly a late-night TV punch line.

And on Wednesday morning, the embattled secretary of health and human services will submit to a quintessential station of the Washington deathwatch — testifying before a congressional committee — to discuss her agency’s failings in the botched rollout of the federal health-insurance Web site.

We’ve seen it so many times before. But how does it feel?

“I just kept sliding down, sliding down, and now I’m out of a job,” former agriculture secretary Mike Espy told The Washington Post in an agonized interview just days after his 1994 resignation.

NBC has five questions that the House will likely demand that Sebelius answer, and this one will be key:

Why wasn’t the launch delayed when the problems became clear?

The site slowed to a standstill almost as soon as it opened just after midnight on Oct. 1. The White House and HHS have said there was a mass onslaught of people signing on — five times as many as anticipated. Millions evidently did try to get on that first day, not just people trying to sign up for insurance, but those who were merely curious as well.

Tavenner has admitted that CMS wasn’t aware of the depth of the problems in the first day or two. But Sebelius will have to answer for why not.

But this one might be the most amusing:

Why haven’t you been more open about the problems?

HHS has refused from the beginning to publicly name all the contractors involved on the site, and will not name the “A-team” of experts brought in to fix the problem. Members of Congress have been so frustrated by this that they’ve subpoenaed tech companies and even sent letters randomly to large companies, such as Microsoft, asking if they were involved.

Microsoft answered one such letter last week. “To the best of our knowledge, no Microsoft employee has provided technical services or technical advice to the federal government or federal contractors concerning the challenges associated with the launch of the Healthcare.gov website,” one company lawyer, Robert Kelner of Covington and Burling, LLP,wrote the Ways and Means Committee last week.

Only after three weeks of criticism and an editorial in the New York Times by former White House health adviser Ezekiel Emanuel did CMS start daily briefings on the problems and what is being done to fix them.

“Given the disappointing rollout of the Web site, Americans are justifiably suspicious,”Emanuel wrote. “Starting now, the administration needs to initiate a concerted effort to win back the public’s trust.

CMS officials have said they don’t want contractors distracted from their job. But Congress will certainly want Sebelius to explain why this doesn’t look like a cover-up.

Sebelius will need to approach this like her job is on the line, because it almost certainly is.  Expect to see Republicans laying perjury traps during their testimony, and expect to see some Democrats speechifying to slow things down.  Sebelius had better not count on that kind of support from all of the Democrats, though, because this administration has humiliated them to the point where their electoral survival will take precedence over protecting a Cabinet official whose expiration date arrived on October 2nd, whether she or Barack Obama know it or not.

The live-streamed video is below, via NPR:

Live streaming video by Ustream


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5

Ellmers nailed her on a single male having to buy maternity care.
finally.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Sebelius thinks 35 yo single males need maternity coverage

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Rodgers R-WA digging in, too.

Happy the ladies have some cajones.
Men, not so much.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Haven’t watched any of this yet, but Rush just said we learned that
the Unions’ health care policies grandfathered in. They can keep their Doctors and their plans are cheaper too.

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

CBSNews homepage

The president always had a tough time selling Obamacare – now his weak assurances are making Republicans look wise beyond their years

Some editor is going to get fired

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

NOT THE REAL RICE!!
====================

Condoleeza Rice ‏@Condi2016 2m

Best quote yet!!! “To your knowledge has a man ever delivered a baby?!” House breaks out in laughter. #priceless #GetCovered #Obamacare

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

And,…its over:

Tweets All / No replies

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 2m

After 3 1/2 hours, Sebelius appearance before House Energy & Commerce comes to an end. It was grueling for her, at times.

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

************** NSA ********************!!

NSA surveillance programs leaked

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – @washingtonpost

4 mins ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

All this “concern” over Healthcare…..

..we really need to move on to more important things, like
who Obama picked in the World Series…..

ToddPA on October 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

“the Honorable”? Seriously?

NoPain on October 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say – @washingtonpost

4 mins ago from http://www.washingtonpost.com by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

I despise the NSA, but they got Google? The “do no evil guys”, the Big Snooper got Snooped!!

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

The entire 11
yards CSPAN HHS Video:
======================

weets All / No replies

CSPAN ‏@cspan 5m

COMPLETE VIDEO: Secretary #Sebelius (@HHSGov) testifies on Health Care Implementation http://cs.pn/19Sypp0 pic.twitter.com/e8AegFKqW9
====================================================================

Secretary Sebelius on Health Care Implementation Problems
Oct 30, 2013

House Committee Energy & Commerce
Follow Sponsors
The House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing titled “PPACA Implementation Failures: Answers from HHS.” Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified about the problems with the release of the Healthcare.gov Web .. Read More

3 hours, 39 minutes
********************

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/CareImp

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

I despise the NSA, but they got Google? The “do no evil guys”, the Big Snooper got Snooped!!

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

bluefox:Hehe,..snoopy snooped!

Also there this too:)
=====================

NSA surveillance programs leaked

Vatican says it has no knowledge of US eavesdropping, after Italian magazine says NSA spied on phone calls – @Reuters

25 secs ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor
===============================================

Report: The NSA allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama reports – @AFP

1 hour ago from http://www.google.com by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

there are winners and losers under Obamacare. the real question is is it fair for the losers to have to subsidize the winners.

gerrym51 on October 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I thought the end went better when she was being questioned by Republican after Republican.

The meat of this Twitchy thread is tweets of some of the highlights when Sebelius squirmed as they asked her yes or no questions.

http://twitchy.com/2013/10/30/delusional-ex-spox-for-eric-holder-dreamy-sebelius-is-totally-rockin-the-o-care-hearing/

Michelle Malkin ✔ @michellemalkin

Gingrey nails Sebelius on applying for hardship exemption on website. Can you apply now?
Sebelius: I don’t know.
Gingrey: I do. It’s no.

Moe Lane @moelane

Harper: Is the President responsible?
Sebelius: …Yes.
Harper: My time has expired.
Sebelius: “Whatever.”

INC on October 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The witch witch witch

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Just have Obama tell her “You can keep your job if you like it. Period”

She will be gone tomorrow.

Sven on October 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

there are winners and losers under Obamacare. the real question is is it fair for the losers to have to subsidize the winners.

gerrym51 on October 30, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Sebelius says “Whatever”!! That seems to sum up the hearing.

Twitchy showing Whatever is trending on Twitter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXjmIX8Fg-8&feature=youtu.be

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

BOMBSHELL: If young people don’t signup, “that’s why we have penalties in place“

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

I thought that was a tax?

kcewa on October 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Yeah, wait until all the basement dwellers flock to their parents’ insurances, most of them can’t afford to rent a place of their own, let alone pay for health insurance…after all ACA says that you can keep your progenies on your insurance till they are what…of retirement age ?? :)…I guess you can still pay for their insurance from your bed in an old people care facility/home, assuming the govt care and their death panels give you permission to live that long :)..so much for the ‘young and healthy’ paying for the ones with pre-conditions, they can’t pay for their own existence, they need mom and dad to face reality for them, and these imbeciles based an entire health care system on the ones that are most vulnerable in this economy and mostly unemployable or ineligible for high paying positions due to lack of required skills (aka young graduates with degrees on paper and with ‘skills’ – such as ‘creative writing’ or ‘contemplating the immortality of te soul’ :) – that nobody wants or needs….wow, just wow…way to gut the embattled middle class, alas, again…

jimver on October 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

http://twitchy.com/2013/10/30/priceless-sebelius-very-slow-speed-obamacare-spin-meets-hilarious-high-speed-mockery/

John Hayward @Doc_0

#TheWalkingDead: a show about people who transitioned into zombies, and are now operating at reduced speed.

John Hayward @Doc_0

Attention Titanic passengers, this is your captain. After we transition into that iceberg, we’ll be operating at reduced speed.

INC on October 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Report: The NSA allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March to elect a new pope, Italian weekly magazine Panorama reports – @AFP

1 hour ago from http://www.google.com by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Well, unless NSA members are all Catholic…..:-)

If you are still on this thread, would you check Twitter to confirm that Sebelius’ comment “Whatever” is trending?

Thanks in advance!!

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Over at Althouse , some wag has posted (paraphrasing)::

[The next lie will be]: “If you like your life, you can keep it.”

[Then we will learn the truth]: “If we like your life, you can keep it.”

claudius on October 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Attention Titanic passengers, this is your captain. After we transition into that iceberg, we’ll be operating at reduced speed.

INC on October 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Sorry, INC, but I had to laugh.

Hey glad to hear things are working out for you & family.

Have you made it down to your new area yet?

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

claudius on October 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

I read your comment too fast and thot it said “wife”:-)

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

EXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED by U.S. Presidents in the recent 100 years+/-:

> > Teddy Roosevelt – 3

> > All Others until FDR – 0

> > FDR – 11 in 16 years

> > Truman – 5 in 7 years

> > Ike – 2 in 8 years

> > Kennedy – 4 in 3 years

> > LBJ – 4 in 5 years

> > Nixon – 1 in 6 years

> > Ford – 3 in 2 years

> > Carter – 3 in 4 years

> > Reagan – 5 in 8 years

> > Bush – 3 in 4 years

> > Clinton – 15 in 8 years

> > George W. Bush – 62 in 8 years

> > Obama – 923 in 3 1/2 years!

> > What did Congress do in those 40 months?
> > (The House – considerable. The Senate ? almost nothing, not even a budget nor allow any House Bill to be considered.)

Now look at these:

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 10990allows the government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 10995allows the government to seize and control the communication media.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 10997allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels and minerals.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 10998allows the government to take over all food resources and farms.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11000allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11001allows the government to take over all health, education and welfare functions.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11002designates the registration of all persons. Postmaster General to operate a national registration.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11003allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11004allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate communities, build new housing with public funds, designate areas to be abandoned, and establish new locations for populations.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11005allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways and public storage facilities.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11049assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issued over a fifteen year period.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11051specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11310grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.

> > EXECUTIVE ORDER 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution, of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institution in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when a state of emergency is declared by the President, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

“…fundamentally transform this nation….” ~ Barrack Obama

thatsafactjack on October 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

claudius on October 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

If you like your liberty you can keep it.

dont taze me bro on October 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Hey, bluefox!

No, I hope to within the next week. Believe it or not, commenting is stress relief from packing and trying to get things finished up.

INC on October 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Renee Ellmers is my new hero. Her maternity exchange was epic. You go girl.

derft on October 30, 2013 at 1:19 PM

I fking hate these people in a way I was unable to foresee.

Murphy9 on October 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM

CNN live-blogging the hearing:

Obamacare latest: Sebelius on the hot seat

One excerpt.

11:31 a.m. ET
A question about President Barack Obama sparked a seeming verbal exasperation from Secretary Sebelius. Rep. Greg Harper, R-Mississippi, repeatedly asked if Obama, as the chief executive, is responsible for the problems with HealthCare.gov. Sebelius demurred, insisting the website rollout was her responsibility. But on one final try, Harper stipulated, “it is the President’s ultimate responsibility, is it not.” She searched for words, saying, “you clearly …” then added a rare “whatever.” She concluded, “He is the President of the United States.”

INC on October 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

kingsjester‏@kingsjester1

We have a camel on Hump Day, a giraffe on Facebook, and a Jackass on the stand at the Hearing this morning. #whatever #tcot #Obamacare

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 1:23 PM

“…fundamentally transform this nation….” ~ Barrack Obama

thatsafactjack on October 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Everything nicely in place for Obama’s 3rd term, or for Hillary.

neuquenguy on October 30, 2013 at 1:24 PM

From ‘broken promises’ headline thread:

If you like your liberty you can keep it.*
If you like your life you can keep it.*
If you like your freedom of speech you can keep it.*
If you like your freedom of religion you can keep it.*

etc. etc. (they practically write themselves).

dont taze me bro on October 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

dont taze me bro on October 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Hey, bluefox!

No, I hope to within the next week. Believe it or not, commenting is stress relief from packing and trying to get things finished up.

INC on October 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

I know you’re excited! At least the weather shouldn’t be so hot now.

HA is good to relieve stress, I agree!!

Wishing you the best and hope to hear from you after you arrive!!

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

“…fundamentally transform this nation….” ~ Barrack Obama

thatsafactjack on October 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Good thing the Democrats had control of the House, right? He would have never gotten away with this with a Republican House//// Quad-snark

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

BBL, out to run errands…

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Probably already commented on but the following from the WSJ coverage of the testimony shows just how removed from understanding free markets some people are:

11:34 am

Under sympathetic questioning from New Mexico Democrat Ben Lujan, Sebelius says that the individual health-insurance market “wasn’t a market at all.” She says: “It was unprotected, unregulated and people were on their own.”

(KW aside– State regulation does not count? State laws covering health insurance does not protect?)

KW64 on October 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

The best that I can figure out is the Democrats new they couldn’t pass single payer (socialized medicine), so the next best thing was to socialize insurance and force everyone to purchase it. Thank you, Justice Roberts.

DDay on October 30, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Ok. I watched.

I’d like to add to the action-items to be performed after we take back the country:

Each chair on the Hill shall be a high-powered-electric-chair connected to a lie-detector.

And once triggered and the smoke plume clears, I want to see only a residual grease spot.

(And design the chairs for fast cleaning/reset cycles.)

Tsar of Earth on October 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Any thanks to Cruz, Lee and a few other conservative Republicans who tried to stop this debacle?

bw222 on October 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Any thanks to Cruz, Lee and a few other conservative Republicans who tried to stop this debacle?

bw222 on October 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Yep, they are our Alamo, now we the San Jacinto crew to step up. I don’t see this happening until 2014. The current Republican’s other than those stated can’t wait to get there hands on Obamcare, to put their tweeks to it.

DDay on October 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Obama health care law

Video: After back-and-forth with House committee member on Obama’s level of responsibility, HHS Secretary Sebelius answers: ‘Yes, sir, he is the president, he is responsible for government programs’ – @cspan

2 hours ago from http://www.youtube.com by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/item/ahZzfmJyZWFraW5nbmV3cy13d3ctaHJkcg0LEgRTZWVkGOrLuR0M/2013/10/30/after-back-and-forth-with-house-committee-member-o

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Obama health care law

Americans divided over whether health care website issues are short-term or long-term, NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows – @NBCNews

5 mins ago from firstread.nbcnews.com by editor
====================================================

http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/30/21249035-nbcwsj-poll-public-divided-over-whether-website-woes-are-short-term-or-long-term-problem?lite

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Well, unless NSA members are all Catholic…..:-)

If you are still on this thread, would you check Twitter to confirm that Sebelius’ comment “Whatever” is trending?

Thanks in advance!!

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

bluefox:Lol, trending————————————-:0

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

So I wonder why none of the Republicans pointed out that subsidies are only in the form of tax credits. So, if you are a LIV and you think that your monthly bill for insurance will reflect your subsidy, you are wrong wrong wrong. You will only get your subsidy as a tax credit to apply at tax time.

That’s right LIV. You get to be the Government and the Insurance company’s bank to run the system on.

Oh. And don’t forget that your subsidies don’t apply to your higher deductibles which will be due out of your pocket at the time that services are rendered.

I wonder why no one asked about this stuff….hmm….

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

President Obama has signed 163 Executive Orders to date during his Administration. The 1461 has included a Free Download of the Official Executive Orders as they become available in the Federal Registry.

This list is complete and current to October 29, 2013.

So Obama’s total registered Executive Orders to date is actually only 163.

George W. Bush had some 250 plus in his total 8 years in office, still a huge and unusual increase in number and scope over his predecessors, and these were primarily issued in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on 9/11.

My point is that increasingly we see presidents carving out massive amounts of power for their administration and future administrations. There has been an astonishing power grab emanating from the Executive Branch of our federal government and it is in the interest of the American people to see that this enormous amount of control and power reverts to the people and the states, rather than being concentrated in the federal government.

thatsafactjack on October 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Haven’t watched any of this yet, but Rush just said we learned that
the Unions’ health care policies grandfathered in. They can keep their Doctors and their plans are cheaper too.

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Only until the next contract negotiation at which time “changes” will take place and all new policies will have to comply with the new laws of the land.

Koa on October 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

bluefox:Lol, trending————————————-:0

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Thanks!! I didn’t watch any of that hearing, since I’ve heard it all before, LOL Doubt we learned anything new, other than whatever:-)

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Haven’t watched any of this yet, but Rush just said we learned that
the Unions’ health care policies grandfathered in. They can keep their Doctors and their plans are cheaper too.

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Only until the next contract negotiation at which time “changes” will take place and all new policies will have to comply with the new laws of the land.

Koa on October 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

True that.

Any change no matter how minute means the policy is a new policy and must comply with the regs.

So basically the grandfathering is Big Gubmint doublespeak BS.

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 4:21 PM

thatsafactjack on October 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I understood the E.O. is restricted in it’s use, not a magic wand so to speak. Also read that future Presidents can repeal them. Don’t know if that’s true or not.

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 5:38 PM

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Only until the next contract negotiation at which time “changes” will take place and all new policies will have to comply with the new laws of the land.

Koa on October 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

That makes sense, thanks:-)

bluefox on October 30, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I wonder why no one asked about this stuff….hmm….

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

I missed the last half of the hearing because of a work meeting, but as I catch up on what I missed, I am noticing a real and telling difference between the action of the Committee Democrats versus those of the Republicans.

The Democrats, for the most part, seem to have worked together to plan their approach to this ‘testimony’. They are, pretty much, all sticking to the official defensive / deflective talking points as defined by the Administration. They are also working to deflect and protect Sebelius and the Administration – laying out the sound bites for the lapdog media to use for the benefit of the LIV – blaming insurers, blaming the GOP, referencing the shutdown, and referencing the 3 years of GOP opposition. Little real effort to ask hard questions as to why the clusterfark is a clusterfark.

The GOP, on the other hand, looks like it hasn’t done any joint planning or coordination. They knew that the time limits would be tight on questions, so coordinating questions to get info / key elements addressed, or at least openly dodged, is a must. Prioritizing the questions that need to get asked and answered also needs coordination. Finally, coordinating the efforts to disarm the Admin talking points needs work by the leadership.

Yet, none of that seem to have taken place. They, in effect, gave Sebelius and the Administration a pass today simply because the majority of them were unprepared. And key questions were never asked because they weren’t prepared or willing to coordinate their actions.

Once again the inept GOP is letting the mendacious Administration off the hook.

Athos on October 30, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Cabinet members and other appointed officials used to work AT the pleasure of the president…

With Obama, they work FOR the pleasure of the president…

Political Wrinkles
http://politicalwrinkles.com

cnredd on October 31, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5