CNN: Sebelius headed to Atlanta tomorrow to make an “important announcement” about ObamaCare

posted at 1:21 pm on November 7, 2013 by Allahpundit

This Jim Acosta tweet piqued my interest so I’m tossing it out there. Let the feverish baseless speculation begin!

On the one hand, it’s probably nothing. E.g., “we’re pleased to announce that the share of total users able to enroll on the site has risen from two percent to three.” On the other hand, Friday is the traditional day for dumping bad news. If you’re going to dump, though, you typically do it quietly, via a statement from the White House press shop. You don’t send the secretary of HHS out there to declare with cameras rolling that the meltdown has now reached a point where she and O have no choice but to delay the individual mandate. It’s got to be good-ish news, at least in the sense that Sebelius won’t feel completely humiliated announcing it.

Obvious possibility: She’s going to reveal the enrollment data for October a bit earlier than expected. That was supposed to come next week, I believe, but Dave Camp issued a subpoena two days ago demanding that it be released by Friday. Sebelius admitted yesterday that the numbers will be “quite low,” which means this is decidedly not “good-ish” for the White House. But it’s not as bad as you might think: One thing Sebelius could do to pad the numbers is refuse to distinguish between new Medicaid enrollees and ObamaCare enrollees. There have been lots and lots of the former, not so many of the latter. Another thing she could do for damage control is refuse to give any data, especially state by state data, on how many “young healthies” have signed up versus how many sick people. The success of ObamaCare depends upon the former; even if the site gets fixed and there’s a huge swell of enrollments in December, that won’t help the insurance industry if most of those enrollees have preexisting conditions. The devil’s in the details on the data. Which is why Sebelius is unlikely to get too specific.

Exit prediction: She’s announcing that she’s running for president in 2016. Now more than evah!


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Why does this administration always have to travel to another city to speak. More tax dollars wasted spewing carbon by the so-called green administration!

dillydally on November 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

I love B.O.C. Saw them three times. Even today they do a great show.

Saw Kansas a few years ago. Love the music but I was a little bit dissapointed when I saw them live. Don’t get me wrong, they sounded great. But not much as far as stage presence.

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

BOC is down to 2 original members, but the two are lead guitarist Buck Dharma and lead singer Eric Bloom, who also plays what he calls Stun Guitar. Ironically, they did one of those music cruises last winter and another one of the bands on board was…Kansas.

Never saw Kansas live myself but I know what you mean by lack of stage presence in a band. In their case it may be due to not having all of the original members, but then again maybe not. A few years back I saw the original Guess Who, and their “stage presence” was all but nonexistent. They still knocked off the songs in fine form, but looked totally bored doing it!

Del Dolemonte on November 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Saw Kansas a few years ago. Love the music but I was a little bit dissapointed when I saw them live. Don’t get me wrong, they sounded great. But not much as far as stage presence.

DethMetalCookieMonst on November 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The think you have to keep in mind, is that Kansas Now is not Kansas Then. Of the original group, only Ehart and Steve Walsh remain, though they’ve had most of the same guys rotating in and out of the band since the post-Elefante regrouping in the mid-80s.

So you’re talking about a band in a very different form from 40 years ago, comprised of people who, their talent notwithstanding, ARE into their 60s at this point.

These guys are from an era when live performance was the high point of the industry and the studio albums were there to generate interest, but they’ve all lost a step or two by now. The running joke is that Keith Richards died 15 years ago and they just prop him up like a mannequin at Stones concerts.

The Schaef on November 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

She’s announcing that everyone’s weekend dose of Soma is being reduced.

Behave, you lowly Deltas, or she’ll cut it even further.

Grace_is_sufficient on November 7, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Jim Acosta to Kathleen Sebelius: “Surely, the ObamaCare enrollment numbers can’t be that low?”

Kathleen Sebelius to Jim Acosta: “Yes, the ObamaCare enrollment numbers are that low and don’t call me ‘Shirley!’”

Somewhere above Leslie Neilsen smiles…

bobnox on November 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM

If you heard Kansas perform this song, live and verbatim, in ’75 – you would have no qualms about the quality of either their music, or their stage presence [their music did the talking - and it spoke loudly]:

The Pinnacle

OhEssYouCowboys on November 7, 2013 at 3:56 PM

No amount of lies is going to make a majority of people convinced that Obamacare is good… This war is lost for the socialists long time ago… Now with the suffering that Obamacare has brought on million of people and it is going to get much worse, it will be utterly delusional for the community organizer and his gang of socialists to think that they have any chance of changing the public mind…

mnjg on November 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Sebelius: “It was that awful anti-Muslim video.”

MaiDee on November 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

“We saved alot of money by switching our website to Geico…”

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

No amount of lies is going to make a majority of people convinced that Obamacare is good… This war is lost for the socialists long time ago… Now with the suffering that Obamacare has brought on million of people and it is going to get much worse, it will be utterly delusional for the community organizer and his gang of socialists to think that they have any chance of changing the public mind…

mnjg on November 7, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Which is exactly why you should bet that they believe they can still sway public opinion in their direction! :)

Anti-Control on November 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

“Cokes of course…” -BOC

Akzed on November 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Buy low.

Lie High.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

“I’m putting Sheriff Joe in charge of the program. Because nobody messes with Joe.”

(Full quote: “With a plan of this scale comes the enormous responsibility to get it right. And that’s why I’ve asked Vice President Biden to lead a tough, unprecedented oversight effort. Because nobody messes with Joe.” History repeats itself. First time as farce, second time as tragedy.)

de rigueur on November 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Hmmm… Maybe she will announce that they’ve found a way to delete your data from the website if you find the premiums and deductible ridiculously high…

A girl can dream. Someone from CGI was supposed to have called us a couple of days ago with info on how to delete our info. Not holding my breath… Stupid hubby.

Fallon on November 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hmmm… Maybe she will announce that they’ve found a way to delete your data from the website if you find the premiums and deductible ridiculously high…

A girl can dream. Someone from CGI was supposed to have called us a couple of days ago with info on how to delete our info. Not holding my breath… Stupid hubby.

Fallon on November 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Neither the NSA, nor the FBI, nor the IRS tend to delete information – especially when it’s very personal, very specific and voluntarily given.

But, hey, if you haven’t done anything wrong, you’ve nothing to worry about! In fact, you should add more and more info, as it becomes available.

They won’t cross-check – and if they did – nothin’ to worry about.

It’s all vewy, vewy kwiet.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

“I am pleased to announce that everyone in the country will now lose, er, be liberated from their current healthcare plans they hated anyway, in exchange for one of these certified ObamaCare magic beans. Winning the future.”

JeremiahJohnson on November 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM

OT:

Here’s one for the Ethics 303 class.

Police tase father trying to rescue 3 year old son from house fire.

BobMbx on November 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

She’s announcing her candidacy for the 2016 Dem nomination.
:D

whatcat on November 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Pivot to mental health issues. How appropriate.

Rosalynn Carter and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Headline Annual National Symposium on Mental Health

Brat on November 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

At the post-symposium press conference she’ll declare, “You gotta be craaaaazy not to enroll! Unscreened, ex-convict operators are standing by to take your vital stats – so call now! 1-800-F1UCK-YO!”

Hill60 on November 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Ruh Roh…maybe problems after Nov 1…Jay Carney.

d1carter on November 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I think you meant the Obamacare Red Line date of Nov 30th there.

whatcat on November 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Neither the NSA, nor the FBI, nor the IRS tend to delete information – especially when it’s very personal, very specific and voluntarily given.
But, hey, if you haven’t done anything wrong, you’ve nothing to worry about! In fact, you should add more and more info, as it becomes available.
They won’t cross-check – and if they did – nothin’ to worry about.
It’s all vewy, vewy kwiet.
OhEssYouCowboys on November 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

“Whatever….”

whatcat on November 7, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Pivot to mental health issues. How appropriate.

Rosalynn Carter and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Headline Annual National Symposium on Mental Health

Brat on November 7, 2013 at 1:39 PM

CNN current Headline:

Obamacare Boosts Mental Health Coverage
Expanding Healthcare for Mental Illness

It is looking like a full court press to bolster Obamacare.

topdog on November 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

To mix metaphors, mental health coverage is such a Pandora’s box can of worms. IMHO, it’s a huge mistake. Because so much moreso than physical health, though good physical health DOES rely on good choices, mental health involves the person so much more — his choices, his beliefs, his habits of mind, his attitude. There are some physical, organic causes to mental health issues, but the PERSON often is the one in control of their mental health.

And now we’re going to PAY to help people who simply feel bad? Doesn’t everyone feel bad, at some time or other? Does everyone get a therapist? Oprah: “Everybody gets a therapist! Everybody gets a therapist!”.

Who pays?

Paul-Cincy on November 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Her announcement: FEMA to take control of Obamacare.

Dhuka on November 7, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I think you meant the Obamacare Red Line date of Nov 30th there.

whatcat on November 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Yep, Dec 1…sorry.

d1carter on November 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

I figure she will go Rhett Butler and say she doesn’t give a damn….

viking01 on November 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Perhaps she will announce she will be in her bunker coordinating plans…

*cue Downfall cut*

ajacksonian on November 7, 2013 at 6:06 PM

She’s going to announce that they have contracted with the makers of “Angry Birds” to display a new online version of the game so that users who cannot get into the site can play the game while they’re waiting.

PackerBronco on November 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM

big announcement. oh i remember last time they did this!! a new OFA logo maybe? or a new logo for “democrat”? a 5 1/4 inch floppy d.

t8stlikchkn on November 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

oh no. i know. the announcement of the identity of the “obama-girl” who mysteriously disappeared from the website

t8stlikchkn on November 7, 2013 at 6:48 PM

the website now has a hashtag? in honor of twitter going public.

t8stlikchkn on November 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Why to taxpayers have to pay for her to fly to Atlanta to make an announcement? Geez!

Common Sense on November 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I’m cynical enough to believe she’s going to announce that they’ll just scrap the website, and using our social security numbers, they’re drafting us all into a single payer plan to make it ever so much easier, and it will all begin as of Monday, comrades.

theotherone on November 7, 2013 at 7:35 PM

The next time you see a picture of Obama smiling, think of this story ….

A few days ago, Al Arabiya aired a news story in which it described one significant strategy employed by the extremist organizations – posting pictures of smiling recruits after they were killed in battle. The message is clear: the volunteers were happy to die in the battlefield.

The images of the smiling dead are posted to popular social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram for maximum distribution; web users are asked to celebrate the death of the “heroic fighters.”

… I wonder if they have a smiling picture of Kathleen Sebelius

J_Crater on November 7, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Once again, this administration pounces on an opportunity to turn mass quantities of jet fuel into black smoke and carbon gasses to indulge in a campaign event at tax-payer expense.

WestTexasBirdDog on November 7, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Mourning becomes Morticia. Zuckerberg announces a record number of “likes” for healthcare.gov (although enrollments are another story).

virgo on November 8, 2013 at 3:01 AM

Unless she is announcing the full and utter dissolution of the ACA, she is wasting her time and the nation’s.

stop2think on November 8, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Here’s one for the Ethics 303 class.

Police tase father trying to rescue 3 year old son from house fire.

BobMbx on November 7, 2013 at 4:59 PM

They would have to tase me to keep me from going in after mine.

The Schaef on November 8, 2013 at 9:16 AM

So apparently the “important announcement” is about insurers having to cover mental health stuff, like that wasn’t already outlined in the “essential benefits” list.

What’s funny is HuffPo reported it as enacting regulations that were authorized by a bill signed by W in 2008, and a key piece of their battle against gun violence.

In other words, they consider this important in preventing gun violence, they’ve had it available since before Obama was even elected, and have made no effort to act on it until now. While rending their garments about everybody in the last five years who stubbed their toe while holding a gun.

The Schaef on November 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM

The new and standards for mental health will cause more cancelation notices to be sent out and a higher cost for new policies. OR am I not right here.
Looks like the admin just sent another torpedo to the sinking ship.

jpcpt03 on November 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM

So the big announcement was that if you crack under the strain of trying to pay your expensive new premium, you’ll at least be covered for the shrink? After you pay out the rest of your money to cover the deductible, of course.

This clown parade just gets worse and worse.

evergreen on November 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

WE shall Return!

We will have 3,500 pages of additional regulations, procedures and rules to make Obamacare even better!

We will hire more experts, who have donated to our campaigns, to guide us.

Yes, Obama will be a victorious Don!

Obamatrix on November 10, 2013 at 7:21 AM

Will Obama exempt himself from the mental health exam?

Obamatrix on November 10, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Why can’t Queen Sebelius take a Greyhound to Atlanta?

Will she fall on her sword?

Will she be given a ride back to DC?

What will we do without Obamacare! my heart grieves!

Obamatrix on November 10, 2013 at 7:26 AM

So, did she go or not? Her speech would have been on the 8th. I didn’t hear anything.

BTW, “mid-november” is just around the corner … so we should be having those signup healthcare.gov stats coming in right about now…

virgo on November 11, 2013 at 3:22 AM

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