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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Disfunctional steady state be the Democrats now.

Heavy the load of the msm fixers of the real actions of these fools.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Sebelius declines to ask for the resignation for a key official overseeing the ACA implementation, Gary Cohen. A Reuters review of documents earlier in October found that the contract to build Healthcare.gov tripled in potential total value to nearly $292 million as new money was assigned to the work beginning in April this year.

http://www.reuters.com/politics

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

OK, let’s hammer on this bogus lower than expected premium!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Sheesh – I click on the link for two minutes only to be subjected to some moron Dem rep from California reading a letter praising Obamacare.

From that and the comments, I shall assume that, once again, the GOP had rolled over?

natasha333 on October 30, 2013 at 10:59 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

And when Burgess asked if she was firing them…Sebelius aka known as Deathpanel Kitty said NO!

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Sibelius lies threw her teeth. Here’s something not even reported in the news, yet. They changed the program so the young, up to 24 years see rates for those up to 50, the older, up to 50 see rates of up to 65, and the others see the cheapest rates. This is illegal, “truth in advertising”, but when the gov’t is the law, eh…this from the hearings, while I made coffee.

The left are accusing the right of playing “chicken little” in the hearings and the right let them.

If they don’t get more aggressive the thugs will be in charge forever, alas….

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 10:59 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

I was waiting for Doyle to say that he just got off the phone with this kid after interrupting his breakfast of Fruit Loops and french toast made by mommy.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I had to leave for an hour. Can anyone provide a brief summary? Thanks in advance.

esr1951 on October 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I had to leave for an hour. Can anyone provide a brief summary? Thanks in advance.

esr1951 on October 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Sebelius is a lying POS…Like her fascist boss Obama

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Lie to the lie, liars laying low
Lie to the lie, laying low in lies
Lie to the lie, lower the lies on lies
Lie to the lie, lies laying out lies on lies
“””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””””” infinity

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

ACA is a hardship! Well played Mr Ginery.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Well everyone hold down the fort, I’m headed out to the range, those people disgust me….. ;-)

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I had to leave for an hour. Can anyone provide a brief summary? Thanks in advance.

esr1951 on October 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM

I didn’t watch it but assumed it went as described below.

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

HumpBot Salvation on October 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

This is all theater anyway… end result will be the Dems saying yes it failed, but only because we compromised with Repubs on a “Free Market Approach” obviously the Free Market approach has failed and the only solution is more cowbell ..errrr the Govt to step in and “Fix” this with single payer.

Koa on October 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Sebelius is a lying POS…Like her fascist boss Obama

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

LOL. Thanks! I can see I did not miss much.

esr1951 on October 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Will you provide a hardship exemption to the millions of americans who have lost their coverage – Gingrey (GA)

No – Sebelius

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

“Pravda” tomorrow.

“Sec. of Health attacked by dumb Republicans who want to push grandma and the kids off a cliff, but she was defended by the troops of King Obama and all is well in the fraud kingdom.”

More Kool Aid avaible on HealthCare.con.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on October 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Obama health care law

Mitt Romney statement on health care rollout: ‘Nothing has changed my view that a plan crafted to fit…a single state should not be grafted onto the entire country’ – @Sarah_Boxer

3 mins ago from twitter.com/Sarah_Boxer by editor
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https://twitter.com/Sarah_Boxer

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Humpbot
Your dead on!!!!!!
Accountability in the Osama administration, what’s that??????

angrymike on October 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

95% of business are small, UNDER 50 employees … Bullpucky !

95% of small businesses have/had over 50, toots.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

ACA is a hardship! Well played Mr Ginery.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Indeed!

Deathpanel Kitty didn’t like his 16 million dropped americans number did she?

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Parttime numbers are lowest, ever ?!!
Holy crapoli.

pambi on October 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

For some reason, this short clip doesn’t work well, but it encapsulates the Dem position on Obama’s “if you like yoh plan, you can keep yoh plan” promise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_PSJsl0LQ

“Jerry, it’s not a lie…if you believe it.”

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

:):):):):):):):)

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Irony – the site crashed as Sibelius testified that “the site never crashed, it’s just slow due to high volume”.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

CSPAN ‏@cspan 7m

Congress dedicates bust of Winston Churchill – LIVE online here: http://cs.pn/19SqZlG pic.twitter.com/GjF95eGUhm
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Live video: Roger Daltrey performs at US Capitol ceremony honoring Winston Churchill – @NBCNews

1 min ago from http://www.nbcnews.com by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Sebelius: “I play an accountable HHS secretary, but only on TV and only for Congressional committee hearings.”

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

Tweets All / No replies

Sarah Boxer ‏@Sarah_Boxer 9m

In stmt ahead of Obama’s MA trip, Romney calls Obamacare rollout a “frustrating embarrassment”

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

She would tell Sean to shove it.

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

:):):):):):):):)

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Schadenfreude:Hmmmm, KGB:)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Scalise (R/LA) tries to nail her on the political decision system changed to deceive Americans from seeing the price quotes.

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

How about rephrasing the question–”If the ACA would have failed in Congress, would Sean have lost his plan?”…..nail them!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Scalise is killing it. I might have to move to Louisiana…Nah, not Louisiana. Too swampy.

PetecminMd on October 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

She would tell Sean to shove it.

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

She just did. She told him to go shop for a new plan. I’m sure Sean appreciates that.

Doughboy on October 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The thuggery of Nurse Ratched

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

BS on the young—you legislated them to stay on their parents’ policy–they are not the solution to your Jenga problem.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

She would tell Sean to shove it.

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

And if he hurts himself doing that…take an advil

workingclass artist on October 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Note how many trolls are defending the Nurse Ratched.

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

.nail them!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:13 AM

Apparently the Republicans have lost their hammer.

Oldnuke on October 30, 2013 at 11:15 AM

So, while the old witch is testifying, I thought I’d give healthcare.gov a try. Go to site, put in my state, get referred to the New Mexico site that has a message about “high volume” and you might not be able to sign up. Then it gives you a button to shop for individual insurance, that then takes you back to the front page of healthcare.gov.

These people are incredibly incompetent. But beyond that, they are incredibly stupid.

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Looks like a LIV:

The White House ‏@WhiteHouse 10m

Great story: Thanks to #Obamacare, a Pittsburgh woman with diabetes cut her monthly premium by more than $500 —> http://bit.ly/HseJz6
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http://www.wtae.com/news/local/allegheny/pittsburgh-woman-finds-incredible-deal-with-affordable-care-act/-/10927008/22698256/-/l53xqa/-/index.html#ixzz2jD2CYujA

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

These people are incredibly incompetent. But beyond that, they are incredibly stupid.

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Yep. But they’re getting away with it so what does that say about us?

Oldnuke on October 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

These people are incredibly incompetent. But beyond that, they are incredibly stupid.

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 11:16 AM

oldroy:Tru Dats,

they obfuscate,and will not accept blame, and its a steady Kubucki Word
Dance!!:)

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

NO SH*T:

HHS Secretary Sebelius says she will not seek the resignation of Gary Cohen, deputy administrator and director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight – @Reuters, @NBCNews live video

5 mins ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

so Kath, you over-promised/lied, and under-delivered? Bottom line today.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM

MeanWhile,……………………….

NSA surveillance programs leaked

Senate intelligence committee expects final vote on NSA surveillance bill Thursday; has been debating amendments behind closed doors – @ReutersZengerle

27 secs ago from twitter.com/ReutersZengerle by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:22 AM

I see she’s learned well from Barky on how to talk around the question and put you to sleep.

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Yeah, Kath, no Navigator is going to hack your data, you are right–they will just type it into their smart phone–no hacking req’d. Putz.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Braley: This is not a political hearing, but let me politicize.

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I would “personally tell them to ……………….”off

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Well now, there’s the root of the problem right there.

“It’s the responsibility of everybody in this room.”

No it’s not. You, collectively, are responsible for the problems. Government shouldn’t even be involved in this. I remember a time when you went to the doctor and paid on your way out. Plenty of doctors and very affordable. A doctor’s visit was reasonably priced. We only had insurance to cover some hospital stays. It started degrading when lawyers and politicians got involved and it’s been going downhill since then. If you think more government is the answer then you obviously don’t understand the problem.

Oldnuke on October 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Frankly as bad as the ACA and the whole NHS-style debacle this is (as we all knew) I’d MUCH prefer to spend all this media time trying to clean out the rat nests over at DOJ (F&F) and State (Benghazi).

Death Panels and high insurance rates MAY kill people, but people HAVE died over the clusterfark that those two places have turned into.

BlaxPac on October 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Braley: “All these good things…”

Higher cost. Lesser coverage. Lost coverage.

“All these good things.”

Keep spinning. If yo manage to get the web site fix. You still have massive sticker shock. Then you have deductible sticker shock. Then you have coverage shock. Then you have “where the hell are these services” shock.

oldroy on October 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Is she using her ‘nose-in-the-air’ Mussolini pose?

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 7m

BREAKING: Government document obtained by the AP says health care site posed security risk: http://apne.ws/HuENsp -AB
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Gov’t document: Health site posed security risk
By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JACK GILLUM
— Oct. 30, 2013 11:14 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An internal government memo obtained by The Associated Press shows administration officials were concerned that a lack of testing posed a “high” security risk for President Barack Obama’s new health insurance website.

The Sept. 27 memo to Medicare chief Marylin Tavenner said a website contractor wasn’t able to test all the security controls in one complete version of the system.

Insufficient testing “exposed a level of uncertainty that can be deemed as a high risk,” the memo said.

The memo recommended setting up a security team to address risks, conduct daily tests, and a full security test within two to three months of going live.

At a congressional hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the site’s security certification is temporary, but asserted consumers’ personal information is secure.
====================================================

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/govt-document-health-site-posed-security-risk

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Is the President ultimately responsible?

“Whatever”

Koa on October 30, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Oh the horrors of an unregulated, unprotected indiv market–so much so it had an 87% approval rate! They are pathetic.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“Whatever!”?

Did the Ice Queen just pull a Cher Horowitz?

blammm on October 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

“Horrible websites.” I’ll bet they’re run by Republicans or those horrible Tea Party racists. They just want to throw old people over cliffs in their wheel chairs.

Oldnuke on October 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Haven’t followed the hearing closely. Has anyone asked Sebelius why, shortly before the rollout, they decided to hide the shopping/browsing feature behind the enrollment/application feature? One of too many examples of the deceit and duplicity of these people.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Our guys are not very good at asking series of related questions

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Has anyone asked Sebelius why, shortly before the rollout, they decided to hide the shopping/browsing feature behind the enrollment/application feature?

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

She said Ms Tavenner made that decision, and Sebelius is not sure why

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Obama health care law

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’ – @NBCNews live video

6 mins ago by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Nice.

Brit Hume ✔ @brithume

Purpose of Obamacare: Insure the uninsured. Effect of Obamacare to date: Uninsure the insured.
8:44 AM – 30 Oct 2013

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Haven’t followed the hearing closely. Has anyone asked Sebelius why, shortly before the rollout, they decided to hide the shopping/browsing feature behind the enrollment/application feature? One of too many examples of the deceit and duplicity of these people.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Asked. “It would have been a burden on the system to allow them to browse. First phase was data collection, easier to handle”…essentially what she said…bottom line, they knew system would not be able to handle the traffic, but full speed ahead–gotta meet a deadline you know, well, except the ones they exempt themselves from

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Someone misspelled “Dishonorable” on her name plate.

Shay on October 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Obama: “If you like our creepy, overreaching governing style, you can keep our creepy, overreaching governing style.”

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

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

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Yes, Mr. Ky, I did the math–8% of the people who explored your website actually enrolled—you should be proud.

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

She said Ms Tavenner made that decision, and Sebelius is not sure why

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

So Ms. Tavenner killed healthcare.gov in the kitchen with a candlestick? I thought it would be Professor Plum.

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

IF NOT FOR THE ACA, WOULD THESE INS COS BE CANCELING POLICIES? please, someone, rephrase the question as such!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

When does Sebelius slam her fist on the table, raise her voice and scream “What does it matter???”, you know, her impersonation of Hillary.

portlandon on October 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

She is admitting paper and phone options solve nothing–they still have to be put into the health-care chipper site…

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Can any of you idiot congressman ask

“Is it possible that those that applied for insurance through the website, and did not buy, that they will receive a penalty from the IRS using the information provided?”

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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

Beta-testing with 15 million people right now…

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

11:19 am
Oct 28, 2013
Retirement
Suzanne Somers: The Affordable Care Act Is a Socialist Ponzi Scheme
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http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2013/10/28/suzanne-somers-the-affordable-care-act-is-a-socialist-ponzi-scheme/?KEYWORDS=suzanne+somers

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Healthcare.coma right now

The system is down at the moment.

We are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolved soon. Please try again later.

In a hurry? You might be able to apply faster at our Marketplace call center. Call 1-800-318-2596 to talk with one of our trained representatives about applying over the phone.

faraway on October 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Here we go..Wimmines from IL…hey douche, thanks for giving me maternity care and mammograms…Signed, Dave

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Schakowsky busting out the “war on womyns” meme. So predictable.

blammm on October 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Jan can jam it, I hate this commie.

MontanaMmmm on October 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

IF NOT FOR THE ACA, WOULD THESE INS COS BE CANCELING POLICIES? please, someone, rephrase the question as such!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Very simple, the current talking point would lead them to answer Yes to that question.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Pure schadenfreude

Schadenfreude on October 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Oh Boy:

Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio elected pope 2013
NSA surveillance programs leaked

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

3 mins ago from http://www.google.com by editor

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Sebelius is just another communist who needs to go.

redguy on October 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

IF NOT FOR THE ACA, WOULD THESE INS COS BE CANCELING POLICIES? please, someone, rephrase the question as such!

hillsoftx on October 30, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Very simple, the current talking point would lead them to answer Yes to that question.

slickwillie2001 on October 30, 2013 at 11:55 AM

If the government would get out the way – and allow a REAL market to exist – healthcare and insurance costs would drop. Lawsuits and lawyers are the real problem.

redguy on October 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

These “representatives” are all cowards.

kcewa on October 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Have the GOP Scooter Libby her butt, the lying SOB Administration will be telling lies at warp speed, it should be Easy…..if she doesn’t resign it’s even better, like Jay Carney, she will never have Credibility the rest of her life….public or private…..
Bye bye, or stay around and watch ACA HHS crumble, your choice.

JayTee on October 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Shes part of the 1%,

lol,….part of the 95%!

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Why should the premiums of men cover contraception for women? Is that some kind of anticipatory toll?

Why should premiums of men cover maternity care?

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Question for Sebelius: Is it true that the only people to whom “if you like yoh plan, you can keep yoh plan” applies are federal employees?

BuckeyeSam on October 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

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canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

We subsidize agriculture to keep crop prices up; we subsidize education and healthcare to keep costs down. I wish someone could explain this to me.

claudius on October 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM

I just tuned in about 30 minutes ago, so I may have missed some fireworks. But is it me, or have the GOP not laid a finger on her yet?

All i see/hear so are partisan dumbass gotcha questions from GOP members and equally partisan hardcore defenses from Dems designed to fit neatly into each sides’ respective direct mail fundraising, i.e. business as freakin’ usual.

Help me out here, because it looks like Sebelius is skating through this entire exercise with nary a scratch or hiccup that will resonate past today’s news cycle.

Sacramento on October 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Obama health care law

Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., to Kathleen Sebelius: ‘Why aren’t you losing your health insurance?’ – @NBCNews live video

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canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

I just tuned in about 30 minutes ago, so I may have missed some fireworks. But is it me, or have the GOP not laid a finger on her yet?

All i see/hear so are partisan dumbass gotcha questions from GOP members and equally partisan hardcore defenses from Dems designed to fit neatly into each sides’ respective direct mail fundraising, i.e. business as freakin’ usual.

Help me out here, because it looks like Sebelius is skating through this entire exercise with nary a scratch or hiccup that will resonate past today’s news cycle.

Sacramento on October 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Sacramento:

Heres CSPAN, from the start till now:)
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Secretary Sebelius on Health Care Implementation Problems
Oct 30, 2013
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http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/CareImp

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Healthcare.coma right now – as she speaks

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faraway on October 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 5m

Of the website troubles, Sebelius says “No one indicated that this could possibly go this wrong.”

canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 5s

Sebelius says she would “gladly join” the ObamaCare health care exchange “if I didn’t have affordable coverage in my workplace.”
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canopfor on October 30, 2013 at 12:31 PM

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