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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The Repub’s may as well pick up their marbles and go home…morons…

PatriotRider on October 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Please tell me Gowdy is in attendance today.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

She was forced to admit the prices offered are only hypothetical, real prices available in followup contact.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

She’s getting pissy. Miserable lying witch.

Naturally Curly on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

“Oh, here we go” in disgust to a pro-life question.

Philly on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Very weak “grilling” from I saw earlier…the only hit on cancellations were framed as “now cant get insurance” that gives her an out as they CAN , and under law HAVE to get insurance. Keep hammering on the fact that the administration LIED about keeping and being able to renew their existing plans.
Thats one reason I try not to watch a lot of these hearings as the incompetence and ignorance of our elected officials is on embarrassing display.

Koa on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Chicken Little, you sir remind me of Chicken Sh!t…carry on Mr Engel.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

She was forced to admit the prices offered are only hypothetical, real prices available in followup contact.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

She also basically dodged the question about the plans covering abortions. Which in Obamaspeak means they will cover abortions.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Nope, Bishop has to get that abortion and the pap smear ASAP.

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Good grief.
Each Republican should yield their time to Marsha Blackburn. Let her handle this.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Not sure who, but when questioner brought up an abortion question, SOMEONE was heard saying “oh great, here we go” .
Only listening, so not sure said that.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

“Oh, here we go” in disgust to a pro-life question.

Philly on October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Heard that comment, who was the biotch who said it, anyone know

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Good grief.
Each Republican should yield their time to Marsha Blackburn. Let her handle this.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

+1

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

IT”S THE LAW!!!!!

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Mr. Engel, not only have Republicans tried to repeal this POS law 44 times and tried to defund it, NOT ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR THIS TRAINWRECK IN THE FIRST PLACE! OWN IT YOU DOUCHE BAG!

NOMOBO on October 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

I want her strapped to a gurney and waterboarded…

PatriotRider on October 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Shhh. This is simply a congressional hearing regarding the website issues…remember?

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Hoping this goes on for hours, so SOMEONE can get mean … LOL.
Well, SHE was really pissed about the abortion insertion.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Prohibition and the Fugitive Slave Act were “settled law” at one time.

DarthBrooks on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

She just said the website has never crashed. Has she tried to access it this morning?

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Let’s face, our representatives are indeed representative of the LOV electorate we have. That is the area where we must concentrate efforts, somehow educating this population, just throwing out the bums is no longer enough.

neuquenguy on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Looking over the list of committee members, I would say that the only members to tune in for are the Senate hopefuls (Cassidy and Gingrey).

blammm on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Consistent through every demorat, “The GOP are aholes and demons and want Americans to DIE!”

The demorats would pay dearly to have the power to pull a Saddam Hussein and have people dragged from the room to be executed.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The site has never crashed??
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vuW6tQ0218

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 10:07 AM

She just said the website has never crashed. Has she tried to access it this morning?

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Of course it has never crashed. How could it crash if it never worked in the first place?

NOMOBO on October 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Shhh. This is simply a congressional hearing regarding the website issues…remember?

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

No, douchebag only your side wants to make it about “only” the failed website.

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I don’t believe Rep Gowdy is on this committee.
It would be epic to see him “have a go” at Sebelius.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I wasnt aware…I wasnt aware….I wasn’t aware…Kathleen Teflon

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Frau Mengele doesn’t seem to know anything about this scheme in detail, just a general overlay; for being director the woman is amazingly out of touch.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Scheduling conflicts are keeping Sebelius from coming to H-Town? Uh, no. It’s because she wouldn’t dare set foot in anyplace in Texas not named Austin.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

This hearing must be going badly….the trolls are lurking again.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I propose we ignore verby and the other trolls.

22044 on October 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Trollcot.

Back to mean ole ins companies.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Frau Mengele doesn’t seem to know anything about this scheme in detail, just a general overlay; for being director the woman is amazingly out of touch.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Amazing isn’t it…I guess she learned that management skill from Obama and Killary

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Evidently, Sibelius is a direct descent of Hogan’s Heroes’ Sgt. Shultz. Her boss is, too.

kingsjester on October 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Wild West HealthCare Eh!!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

“Plans change all the time even before the ACA.”

Well sure, and companies dropped 100,000 people at once on a regular basis.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

This hearing must be going badly….the trolls are lurking again.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM

It’s going the same as most hearings over Obama Administration scandals and f-ups. Sebelius is lying her ass off, the Dems are trying to cover for Obama, only a handful of Republicans are taking it seriously, and the American people are the big losers.

I just can’t believe the Dems are going all in on the defense of Obama’s “you can keep your plan” lie. They’re seriously going to try to convince millions of Americans that losing their coverage and being forced to buy a much more expensive plan is a good thing?

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

The demorats would pay dearly to have the power to pull a Saddam Hussein and have people dragged from the room to be executed.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM

That would be a horrible sentiment – an unhinged reactionary freakout fueled by an irrational, vitriolic, and personal hatred.
Like this:

I want her strapped to a gurney and waterboarded…
PatriotRider on October 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Nice to see you take a stand against such insanity.
I’m with you, Bishop.
Let’s encourage responsible and productive discourse.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

You’re right, Katy. No one has ever offered prostate exams for me. I’m thrilled.

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

CSPAN ‏@cspan 10m

VIDEO: Sec @Sebelius Opening Statement with Apology http://youtu.be/ZH82BJoAzHk Hearing continues – LIVE on C-SPAN3 pic.twitter.com/nREI9RILcI

VIDEO:(6:34)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH82BJoAzHk&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Is there one Republican in congress that understands why the majority of these plans can’t stay grandfathered? It’s because they’re required to be modified to accept people with pre-existing conditions, thus the rates must rise, thus they can’t be grandfathered. I shouldn’t be shocked but it’s breathtaking how ignorant our own Republican congresspeople are.

lowandslow on October 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I agree with Rep. Walden.
The site didn’t/doesn’t work well.
Good point.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

not coach?

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I’m just curious. What would happen to a senior vice president of a large corporation if she peed away a billion dollars and only had a failure to show for it? A promotion maybe?

NOMOBO on October 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Walden is hitting her on the website testing.
How about the ruinous policy? How about affecting the financial well being of tens of millions of families around the country? How about the indirect effect on insurance prices and healthcare costs? This law is about the destruction of a free market.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

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canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Nice to see you take a stand against such insanity.
I’m with you, Bishop.
Let’s encourage responsible and productive discourse.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Agreed, so when do you and I draft a letter to the various demorat pols who have referred to GOP pols as terrorists, suicide bombers, traitors, teabaggers, racists, and plain old crazy, demanding that they stop using such unproductive discourse?

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

neuquenguy You pretty much hit the nail on the head. RINOs unfortunately represent GOP electorate. Most Americans time taken up by work, family so don’t have time to watch politics.t

wdkeller on October 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Okay.
A Dem challenging Sebelius? Must be worried about reelection.

freedomfirst on October 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Who cares about Obysmalcare’s botched rollout? From its conception as a one-size-fits-all takeover of the health-insurance sector, as well as health-care delivery, it was intended to destroy the finest health system in the world.

The Dems have single-handedly crashed the system and crushed the middle class, taking away real freedom and choice from the American people.

onlineanalyst on October 30, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Do any of these Rep’s have staff members have anyone assigned to read newsites or blogsites? We have been proposing questions to ask this lying witch for weeks now. Pathetic.

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

We’re getting really CLOSE to bringing up the changes about qualifying grandfathered plans … don’t drop the ball, guys.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Gee Kathleen…Americans don’t give a rat’s a$$ if you think these hearings and assessing blame are valuable or not…

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Let’s encourage responsible and productive discourse.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Easy for you to say while the country is being shot down the toilet by a bunch of community organizers and socialists…

PatriotRider on October 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

We have been proposing questions to ask this lying witch for weeks now. Pathetic.

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It’s beyond pathetic, they don’t even know when she’s telling them a bald face lie because they don’t know the law or what is even going on.

lowandslow on October 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Just wait until Max finds out his info was only a hypothetical quote !

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:23 AM

suck it congress! – Sebelius

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I will give the numbers when I say so!!!!

It’s not reliable data, you cannot be serious.

What is the number?

Now?

Let the record show that Madam Sebileus has th numbers and refuses to provide them and is in contemp of this committee!

Pipe Dream, I know.

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

It’s beyond pathetic, they don’t even know when she’s telling them a bald face lie because they don’t know the law or what is even going on.

lowandslow on October 30, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Hearings are meaningless… Very few people listen to them… Do not get so upset about what is on in a hearing… At the end the communists cannot hide the truth about Obamacare because the suffering of Obamacare is hitting millions of people and they know that their suffering is coming from Obamacare and no one else…

mnjg on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Back to the salespitches.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

CA. finding cheaper by 29%?? Lol…let’s see, subsidies involved? Deductible is? Co-pays are?….tossing out a number does not bear truth to reality…

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

so I guess according to Capps(CA) this is the fault of Texas and other refusnik states

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

I just can’t believe the Dems are going all in on the defense of Obama’s “you can keep your plan” lie. They’re seriously going to try to convince millions of Americans that losing their coverage and being forced to buy a much more expensive plan is a good thing?

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Of course they are, it works for them every time. Remember The disastrous response to Katrina by a Dem Mayor and a Dem Governor? How much responsibility for it was pinned on them? how much on Bush?

neuquenguy on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Ms.Capps, I’m sure that guy you just referenced is overjoyed that his policy now includes mammograms.

NOMOBO on October 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Obama health care law

Sebelius says she has ‘no reliable data’ on how many people have enrolled or tried to enroll in health care marketplaces – @markknoller

46 secs ago from twitter.com/markknoller by editor
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Obama health care law

Sebelius says contractors did not ask health officials to delay healthcare.gov launch – @Reuters, @NBCNews live video

3 mins ago by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

I will give the numbers when I say so!!!!

It’s not reliable data, you cannot be serious.

What is the number?

Now?

Let the record show that Madam Sebileus has th numbers and refuses to provide them and is in contemp of this committee!

Pipe Dream, I know.

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Gee…Capps(CA) quoted some numbers…

What a load of shinola

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Did she just say that the spent $400 Million on marketing last year?

I introduce you to New Coke and the Ford Edsel.

D-fusit on October 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

* RoadBlocks and Block-Ades *

Say what,……oh the Tea Party InSurgency!
(sarc)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Of course they are, it works for them every time. Remember The disastrous response to Katrina by a Dem Mayor and a Dem Governor? How much responsibility for it was pinned on them? how much on Bush?

neuquenguy on October 30, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Yeah, but at least they had Bush to blame. Who are they going to pin this on? A Democrat is President and has his freaking name on the law. And not a single Republican voted for it. I’m not saying they won’t try to lie and deflect their way out of this, but it ain’t gonna work. You can’t tell millions of voters out there who are getting letters notifying them that their insurance is being cancelled because of Obamacare that their insurance isn’t being cancelled because of Obamacare.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

DO NOT FORGET that anyone that got in, received their cheaper rates, have YET to get the accurate info .. it’s all hypothetical, according to the secretary herself.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Rogers grilling on security of information.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Here’s what I’d ask:

1.) “In 2008, the federal government, together with the banking industry, destroyed Nine Trillion Dollars in real estate equity using a short-sighted law called the Community Reinvestment Act. Did you learn anything from this wholesale destruction of American wealth?”

2.) “The federal government is trillions of dollars in debt and has ‘unfunded liabilities’ in the area of a hundred trillion dollars. These liabilities mean, in short, that the government cannot do what it promises, and every promise it makes is so much ashes.

Given this horrifically irresponsible debt, WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT to second guess the insurance choices American citizens make?”

Herald of Woe on October 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Let’s encourage responsible and productive discourse.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Like the FOUR PINOCCHIOS awarded to President Obama who lied continually for years saying that “if you like your plan you can keep it”.

How do you have a responsible and productive discourse with a PROVEN habitual liar? Of course I can understand how its much harder to say during your campaign…

“Under my plan, there will be dozens of new taxes, massive opportunities for MORE fraud, waste and abuse, millions will be forced to buy insurance, you will have to dump the plan YOU chose b/c you are too stupid and as a BONUS —- the Federal Leviathan and the IRS will run the program!”

So lets start the discussion on how you’d handle a proven habitual liar.

dominigan on October 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Rogers is doing well on security.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

You can’t tell millions of voters out there who are getting letters notifying them that their insurance is being cancelled because of Obamacare that their insurance isn’t being cancelled because of Obamacare.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:31 AM

That is exactly what they are telling them with this “grandfathering” crap. I guess we’ll see if it works or not.

neuquenguy on October 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Rogers is doing well on security.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Yes he is. And Sebelius looks clueless. I think she’s actually telling the truth when she says she doesn’t know about any security tests being run. Probably because they’re not running them.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Stock answer: “I don’t know but I’ll find out”, it’s amazing how little this fool knows about the major points of a gigantic project that’s been under her direction and oversight for years.

I’m mildly surprised she didn’t answer this way to the guy who asked “how are you today?”

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Let’s encourage responsible and productive discourse.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Ok, lets start with…

You mean the websites aren’t working perfectly on day one thirty?

verbaluce on October 1, 2013 at 10:18 AM

dominigan on October 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Replace these weak Repubs and corrupt Dems asap! Will one Repub show some cojones please!

neyney on October 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I’ve had it. Somebody call me when they cuff this tw*t.

katy the mean old lady on October 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

I am outta’ here. Lies and evasions and softball questions. BS…

OmahaConservative on October 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Attention Span,..geez, no wonder. there Daddy is a Democrat!!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I want the next R to direct folks to the website explaining the proposed alternatives. No time to locate, atm.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Pravda to the 10th power.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

The site didn’t/doesn’t work well.
Good point.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Lolz! I thought you got this verbaluce. The site is working just as planned. In fact, Flawlessly.

Bmore on October 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Rogers is doing well on security.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Yep!

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Congressman Doyle admits that one of his son’s, a self-employed individual in his early 30s is paying $130 a month. Apparently, Obamacare, because he’ll receive a subsidy, will reduce his premium by half. Oh, Doyle and his wife will save the money because they are paying his premium.

In short, the son of a U.S. Congressmen, who’s in his early 30s, will have half his health insurance premium paid by mommy and daddy and the other half paid by taxpayers.

WTF?

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

ProPublica @ProPublica

More ppl are enrolling in Medicaid than private plans. The states that refuse to expand: propub.ca/Ht3ZzD http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BX1OHwTCYAA0ref.png
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https://twitter.com/ProPublica/status/395558237702873088/photo/1

http://www.reuters.com/politics

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

To sum it up:

“If you do not like the reservation your on and the health care provided on it, try another one and find out it is the same dirty blankets there too.”

or the short answer

We won screw you.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

To sum it up:

“If you do not like the reservation your on

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS:Ahem,..Lol.

Democrat Snakes Speak with Forked Tongue!:)
(sarc)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Only Democrats know what good for you.

You toe the line or we will do a yearly amnesty until your kind are extinct.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Anybody heard from Mitt…?

d1carter on October 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I’m glad to see Butterfield was able to show Jesse Jackson Jr. off to prison in time to make this committee hearing so that he can throw some softballs to Sebelius.

He’s doing yeoman’s work for the Congressional Black Caucus this week.

blammm on October 30, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Let’s encourage responsible and productive discourse.

verbaluce on October 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Translation: “I’m going to posit anything fool thing I say as winning. I’m going to ask any question I want, and regardless of the answer I’m going to behave as I’ve won a point. I’m going to use as many avoidance tactics as I can including disappearing, anytime I’m asked a question.”

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Well Done! Burgess (R/TX)

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Old News!!:)

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

Exec at HealthCare.gov contractor went to school with first lady, donated to Obama campaign
Published October 29, 2013
FoxNews.com
***********

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/29/healthcare-execs-obamas-political-donors/

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Are they purposely mis-leading or just not terribly smart? – Burgess

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

In short, the son of a U.S. Congressmen, who’s in his early 30s, will have half his health insurance premium paid by mommy and daddy and the other half paid by taxpayers.

WTF?

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Self employed with his bills being paid by the ‘rents = Degree holder in Transgender Studies and has been “in-between jobs” for years.

Bishop on October 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

It was insurance companies’ choices that made Dear Leader’s words untrue.

Yup.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Matsui (D/CA) has that NPR (Started with Qualudes in the AM and now drinking at lunch voice)

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Are they purposely mis-leading or just not terribly smart? – Burgess

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Both.

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

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