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.

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Hold Cruella accountable.

bluegill on October 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

…so we can call Wednesday….LieDay!

KOOLAID2 on October 30, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Hope they repeatedly highlight the “if you like your plan, you can keep it” lie. Grill her about that.

bluegill on October 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

I wouldn’t open an umbrella or swing a golf club in DC today. You never know where that lightning bolt is going to go.

rbj on October 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

2000+ posts or bust!

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM

Hold Obama accountable.

bluegill on October 30, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Clusterfarknado!!!

ted c on October 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Don’t blame me
I don’t know
I’ll have to get back to you
Its your fault for not giving me more money
What difference does it make
Obama didn’t know

Coffee drinking game

7% *clink*

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:08 AM

I miss the eye-patch.

mjbrooks3 on October 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

CHAIRMAN: Please state your name for the record, Ma’am.
.
WITNESS SEBELIUS: Upon advice of counsel, I plead the fifth, Mr. Chairman, you damn Republican…

ExpressoBold on October 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Will Frau Mengele wear her Einsatzgruppen dress uniform or go for a more casual look with a simple death’s-head badge on the lapel of her brown blouse.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Or tea for Canopfor :)

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

My bet, she already has planned testimony given to media outlets and the sharp rise in criticism from the big three and CNN we’ve seen will end today and be diverted to her points and assertions. They know what she’s going to state and liberals are writing their articles about her testimony as we speak. After stories have been retracted, redacted and further explained, it seems like the White House has finally clamped down on them.

I’ll just add that I’ve never wanted to be wrong more than this in my life. If the media truly spins the White House out of this mess, it’s nothing short of 1984 and we are in deeper troubles than many of us imagined.

smoothsailing on October 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Direct and pointed questions are what we want . . . no more playing softball with this incompetent dolt.

rplat on October 30, 2013 at 8:13 AM

I hope people here are not really expecting her to actually answer any of their questions, because that is not going to happen. I mean seriously, we already know pretty much what she is going to say. Contractors fault, unexpectedly high volume of traffic, everyone so excited about O care they all tried to log in on the first day and it crashed, O care didn’t cancel anyone’s insurance plan the evil Insurance industry did that, etc……

Johnnyreb on October 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Or tea for Canopfor :)

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:10 AM

cmsinaz:

You rang,…..Good Morning CMS:0

Oh, yes, tea kettle is warming up:)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Sadly you are right smoothsailing

Cover for Kathleen for sure

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Morning Canopfor :)
Get ready with your linkies

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

I am ashamed to call her my former governor. That said, she is merely a brainless automaton lackey of Valerie Jughead.

KS Rex on October 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

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.

This excuse always makes me laugh. A private company may launch a product unsure of what the exact demand will be. I am sure Obama and his band of merry thieves pretty much knew what the demand would be. Plus they advertize Obamacare like it will be the greatest thing since antibiotics and even with that they could not anticipate that people would be at least curious about something they were gonna be forced to buy. Actually they probably saved themselves some traffic by delaying the employer mandate. Can a time ever come when the average American will grow tired of being treated like an idiot by this Administration?

DaveDief on October 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Not sure who will be doing the questioning, out of this list .. we’ll see..

http://energycommerce.house.gov/about/membership

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Tweets All / No replies

CSPAN ‏@cspan 15h

WEDNESDAY: Secretary @Sebelius (@HHSGov) testifies on Health Care Implementation – LIVE at 9am ET on C-SPAN3 pic.twitter.com/aE542sTWRj

https://twitter.com/cspan

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:18 AM

If the Dems ran the show officially this would the Perjury Watch.

But we know the gop might get all huffy puffy but will be back slapping the Ice Queen of Narnia when this is over.

PappyD61 on October 30, 2013 at 8:19 AM

After stories have been retracted, redacted and further explained, it seems like the White House has finally clamped down on them.

I’ll just add that I’ve never wanted to be wrong more than this in my life. If the media truly spins the White House out of this mess, it’s nothing short of 1984 and we are in deeper troubles than many of us imagined.

smoothsailing on October 30, 2013 at 8:12 AM

CNN broadcast a real zinger about the Obama Administration trying to silence reporters and Insurance companies yesterday. I saw it and had to actually stop and make sure it was CNN. I guess they figure they need to get ahead of the story if they want to try and maintain some credibility. I mean this is something that they can’t ignore like Benghazi, F&F and the IRS scandal because it is hitting about 20 million middle class people all at the same time.

Johnnyreb on October 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM

This should be interesting.

gophergirl on October 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

MeanWhile, from last nights Glitch/Glitchy:

MeanWhile,………………..

Obama health care law

Connecticut healthcare exchange says Obamacare data hub is ‘experiencing an outage’ – @Reuters

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

Connecticut says Obamacare data hub ‘experiencing an outage’

WASHINGTON | Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:28pm EDT
****************************************

(Reuters) – Connecticut’s healthcare exchange “Access Health CT” said the U.S. government’s Obamacare data hub was ‘experiencing an outage’ on Tuesday evening, the second time in three days.

“Access Health CT was informed by CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) that the Federal Data Services Hub is currently experiencing an outage,” a statement from the state exchange said. A similar outage on Sunday also halted online enrollment on the federal Healthcare.gov website.
========

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/30/us-usa-healthcare-outage-idUSBRE99T00U20131030

canopfor on October 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

This is just a political witch hunt…. the gop should be ashamed of themselves
-dems talking points during the session

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I’m a bit more interested in McCains admission the gop leadership will be pushing AMNESTY…..AFTER the primaries.

What vile creatures the gop Ruling class are.

PappyD61 on October 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

I’d fillet and dissect this beauty…the vamp responsible for the carving up of the grandfathering of current health insurance policies, and the sinister manipulation of millions of Americans with the blessings of Herr Barack.

gracie on October 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

We all know the GOP ain’t good for much here, but can you imagine if the Ds were still in charge of the House. No chance of having this hearing, or past hearings on Fast & Furious.
Speaking of the latter, Holder should be in jail.

22044 on October 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Lead her into saying “The President didn’t know” as many times as possible.

mjbrooks3 on October 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

MeanWhile, Part Deux,..the Booing:

Conservative crowd boos mention of Chief Justice Roberts for upholding Obamacare – @politico

11 hours ago from twitter.com/politico by editor
====================================================

10/29/13 8:23 PM EDT

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/10/chief-justice-draws-boos-in-virginia-governors-race-176265.html

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:24 AM

She is one evil communist… I just read that she is sending threatening letters to insurance companies ordering them not to say that the cancellation of healthcare plans is due to Obamacare but rather related to profit… She wants the insurance companies to provide more non needed services at the same price. Of course all by the order by the chief evil communist Obama…

mnjg on October 30, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Heckuva job kathy!

ted c on October 30, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Popcorn, it’s what’s for breakfast this morning.

petefrt on October 30, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Maybe it’s because it’s 5 a.m. out here on the West Coast, but I first read Ed’s headline as “live comedy ensues” instead of “live video embed.”

Or maybe not.

theotherone on October 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

This is just a political witch hunt…. the gop should be ashamed of themselves
-dems talking points during the session

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:21 AM

cmsinaz:Ahem, Lol,

Er,…..a “Monkey Court”!!:)
=============================

Dem. Rep. Goes Off

During Obamacare Hearing: ‘I Will Not Yield to This Monkey Court’
************************* *************************************

During the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website on Thursday morning, Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) severely castigated Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) for inaccurately describing a privacy requirement in the law, eventually calling the entire hearing a “monkey court.”

Added: 5 days ago Occurred On: Oct-24-2013
******************************************

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=229_1382637398

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I can’t wait to see what comes out of this dog and pony show, but I don’t have the stomach to watch it end to end. The Dems are a tedious lot whose inanity tests the limits of my patience, and Sebelius is little more than a bleating goat at this point. I expect a few red meat clips, and then, by and large, pretty much nothing. It’ll satisfy partisan thirst for a little bloody carnage, but the results won’t be enough to drive any significant changes in admin policy, personnel, or the law.

Jazz on October 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

“We know that consumers are eager to purchase this coverage…”

They keep trying to polish this t*rd…but it’s still a t*rd.

JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Canopfor ….as he should be…..called it a tax to uphold this boondoggle

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

The Queen of Death will be on soon.

I wonder if she’s on Obamatime, which means 30 minutes late, or longer.

22044 on October 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Morning Canopfor :)
Get ready with your linkies

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:16 AM

cmsinaz:Locked and loaded, accept I have to dissappear,from 9:30-10:00,
……grandson mission to day-care:)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I certainly don’t expect to hear any substance from DerSecretary, sans some devastating soundbite I’m hoping for, but I like to listen to get deeper clues about the panel members. Might even learn a fact or two they’ve dug up that we don’t know yet.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Yepper Canopfor…. monkey court redux

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:31 AM

We’ll hold the fort down for you C :)

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Canopfor ….as he should be…..called it a tax to uphold this boondoggle

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:29 AM

cmsinaz:Yup, I remember that one:)
===================================

Obama Goes Toe-To-Toe With Stephanopoulos On “Tax Increases”
************************************************************

Uploaded on Sep 20, 2009

On “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos and President Obama have a colorful discussion over Obama’s health care reform proposal.

Stephanopoulos takes issue with a mandate that obligates Americans to purchase health insurance, or risk being fined as much as $900. “How is that not a tax?”

“A responsibility to get health insurance is not a tax increase,” Obama said.

Stephanopoulos then tells Obama that he looked up the definition of “tax” in Merriam Webster’s dictionary.

“The fact that you looked up… the definition of tax increase indicates that you’re stretching a little bit right now,” Obama responded.
================================================================

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL7ak__MGyw

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Every Pol who voted for and still supports obamacare is either
1. Lazy -didn’t read and understand the bill
2. Stupid- is incapable of reading and understanding obamacare
3. A liar through and through not to be trusted ever

None of which I would or should vote for

scboy on October 30, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Again Johnnyreb, I’ve never wanted to be more wrong. I hope the coverage snowballs and hits a critical mass of truth. Make no mistake though, the world class rationalization has begun to spill out of those same networks that finally offered some critical analysis of this administration. Just look at the public statements by Dem pols and media types in the, “The Best Euphemisums …” article right here on Hot Air.

smoothsailing on October 30, 2013 at 8:35 AM

US Social Security benefits will rise 1.5% next year, in cost-of-living adjustment – @AP

1 min ago by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

OOPS!

Vladimir Putin press service denies allegations that Russia bugged gifts to G20 leaders – @NBCNews

1 hour ago by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Oh, I would LOVE to see someone go to the ‘changing existing law without Congress’= unconstitutional action !!

Not holding my breath, but that would be a WOW.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM

I hope Secretary Sibelius throws the entire Administration under the bus.

She would be well-advised to land the first punch. Heck, she might as well walk into the hearings wearing a baseball cap with the word “SCAPEGOAT” written across the front of it.

Because, it any heads are going to roll of the failure of Obamacare, her’s will be the first to hit the floor.

Certainly, you don’t believe that “the smartest guy in the room” is going to accept any responsibility for this Legislative Train Wreck, do you?

Let it all hang out, Kathy-Baby.

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Hank Johnson: “Madam Director, will not having enough people subscribing to ObamaCare cause the nation to…tip over?”

Sheila Jackson Lee: “Ms. Sebellius, it’s true isn’t it that the astronauts who landed on Mars have signed up for ObamaCare and they love it?”

Maxine Waters: “Yes. So question for you. Ted Cruz is a liar and a thief, isn’t he?”

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

LOL!

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

9am (ET)
LIVE: Secretary Sebelius on Health Care Implementation Problems

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:42 AM

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 8:40 AM

LOL!

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 8:41 AM

kingsjester:Lol,yup, I second that:0

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Kathleen Succubus will do what every other obama administration exec has done…stonewall, lie and try to blame their failures on others.

And democrat members of the panel will heap praise on her while blaming her failures on republicans while shrieking histrionically about monkey trials and witch hunts.

It’s impossible to expect any type of accountability or responsibility from democrats.

HumpBot Salvation on October 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Howdy everyone, what a great day to be off work……;)
So we are finally going to get to the bottom of the boondoggle, and who’s fault it is that is not running like a well oiled clock.
He he Bwahahahaaaa, ya right!!!!!
;-)

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

We’ll hold the fort down for you C :)

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:32 AM

cmsinaz:Thanks——————–:0

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

How soon before the tools are here to regurgitate their talking points that this is republicans fault and this a witch hunt? Who’s first urbandipshit or verbaldouche.

HumpBot Salvation on October 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

I wonder, is Obama aware that Sebelius is appearing before Congress today, or will he only learn about it after reading tomorrow’s NYT?

NotCoach on October 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Howdy everyone, what a great day to be off work……;)
So we are finally going to get to the bottom of the boondoggle, and who’s fault it is that is not running like a well oiled clock.
He he Bwahahahaaaa, ya right!!!!!
;-)

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

angrymike:

Morning, more like staring into the Hopey Abyss,,(sarc):)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:51 AM

US Social Security benefits will rise 1.5% next year, in cost-of-living adjustment – @AP

1 min ago by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

This reminds me…I haven’t heard much about SS and the discussions around it since Dubya’s administration about running out of money in a few years. If indeed that does happen, and ObamaCare lacks enough younger, healthier registrants to cover the costs of the sick and elderly, I’d think it would be a double-whammy.

JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Beware the Wrath of Khan

Doesn’t Sebelius look like Ricardo Montalban?

kcewa on October 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Bishop
You nailed it……… ;-D

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 8:53 AM

I love how nbcand politico always write up questions that should be asked while their own folks won’t even ask them themselves

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Video: Sebelius testifies at hearing on Affordable Care Act glitches
*********************************************************************

http://www.breakingnews.com/

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/obama-health-care-law

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

They keep trying to polish this t*rd…but it’s still a t*rd.
JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Well, we told you that, but you still voted for them because gay-sex marriage and tampons.

northdallasthirty on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

CSPAN,….Breaking NEWS Streaming,

Now OPERATIONAL!!

http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN3/

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Canopfor
Its so sad, if this site was required reading, we the ppl would be a heck of a lot better informed, but we, we’re the terrorists because we speak the truth………..;(

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Well, we told you that, but you still voted for them because gay-sex marriage and tampons.

northdallasthirty on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

northdallasthirty:Say what,..i too voted for Feminine Protection,..(sarc)!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Beware the Wrath of Khan

Doesn’t Sebelius look like Ricardo Montalban?

kcewa on October 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

LOL!

esr1951 on October 30, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Its too bad I don’t drink, if I took a drink every time they lied, I’d be hammered within the first 20 minutes…… ;-)

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

There she is, in the hot seat…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Canopfor
Its so sad, if this site was required reading, we the ppl would be a heck of a lot better informed, but we, we’re the terrorists because we speak the truth………..;(

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 8:56 AM

angrymike:

I hear ya,but for the Love of Gawd, keep it down,
the NSAGoons might be listening,er,..(snark):)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Thoughtful and transparency talky my butt!!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 9:04 AM

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 8:36 AM

This reminds me…I haven’t heard much about SS and the discussions around it since Dubya’s administration about running out of money in a few years. If indeed that does happen, and ObamaCare lacks enough younger, healthier registrants to cover the costs of the sick and elderly, I’d think it would be a double-whammy.

JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

JetBoy:Ya, That’ll be the next Democrat Crisis!!–:0

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Oh just shutup Waxman…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Tweets All / No replies

Chad Pergram ‏@ChadPergram 4m

House hearing with HHS Secretary Sebelius now starting about issues with #Obamacare website.

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Obamacare&src=hash

https://twitter.com/ChadPergram

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

From Bloomberg…

Insurers Oppose Obamacare Extension as Danger to Profits

This is going to help the democrats’ push toward single-payer. I can hear them screaming now “See, all they care about is profit, it’s time to take the insurance companies out of the equation.”

The sad thing is, most of us would actually agree with the last part of that, but we obviously don’t want to do it in the same way.

MobileVideoEngineer on October 30, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Cut to the chase, Waxman, We are not here to listen to your crap.

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Satan’s Handmaiden takes an oath to ell the truth.

Naturally Curly on October 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The Honorable? Kathleen Sebelius?

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

The Human-Fruitbat hybrid speaks.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 9:13 AM

She sure is a cold one…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

The Honorable? Kathleen Sebelius?

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 9:12 AM

It’s a formality. They have to say that. It’s like how everyone refers to Obama as Mr. President even though he apparently has no f’ing clue what’s going on in his administration.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 9:14 AM

She apologizes for the site but not forwhats coming

Blame blame

cmsinaz on October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Fixing the site is the least of your problems, toots.

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

“You deserve better.”

BS, no they don’t. They voted the poser in twice. Caveat emptor and they bought the whole kit and kaboodle.

Oldnuke on October 30, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Her statement is a pack of lies. Shameless.

Naturally Curly on October 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

It’s Verizon’s fault!

Oldnuke on October 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Blame Verizon…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Well, we told you that, but you still voted for them because gay-sex marriage and tampons.

northdallasthirty on October 30, 2013 at 8:54 AM

That’s strange…I must have been sleep-walking or unconscious if I voted for any Democrat…much less Obama.

JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

I hope Secretary Sibelius throws the entire Administration under the bus.

She would be well-advised to land the first punch. Heck, she might as well walk into the hearings wearing a baseball cap with the word “SCAPEGOAT” written across the front of it.

Because, it any heads are going to roll of the failure of Obamacare, her’s will be the first to hit the floor.

Certainly, you don’t believe that “the smartest guy in the room” is going to accept any responsibility for this Legislative Train Wreck, do you?

Let it all hang out, Kathy-Baby.

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 8:39 AM

It is never going to happen… She is a very loyal communist to the communist in chief Obama… She is going to blame the insurance company for cancelling the plans because they want to make profit not because of the Obamacare rules that force them to offer more benefits to their patients… She has already sent threatening letters to insurance company ordering them to stop blaming Obamacare for plans cancelation and premium increases… She is one evil communist bitch…

mnjg on October 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Her voice is really irritating…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Is it just me, or were the words “…so help me God” intentionally muted from the swearing in of Sebelius?

JetBoy on October 30, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Blame Verizon…Canada!

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 9:16 AM

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

No one in this whole misbegotten Administration can tell the truth to save their dark souls.

I swear.

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Yep, it is always someone else’s fault, you Fascists…..

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

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