News dump: CMS official in charge of HealthCare.gov retiring

posted at 7:01 pm on December 30, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

This is how you take your lumps in the Obama administration. Botch the roll-out of the president’s legacy law so badly that you end up with three million fewer insured people than when we started, and you get to retire, announce it over a holiday weekend, and grab that juicy pension for 41 years of mediocre-to-disastrous public service.

The person tasked with overseeing the development of HealthCare.gov is retiring, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Monday.

The departure of Michelle Snyder, the chief operating officer at CMS who’s been in public service for 41 years, comes a few months after the bungled launch of the federal health care insurance website.

Uh huh:

CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner noted in an email that Snyder was set to leave CMS at the end of 2012 but stayed on at Tavenner’s request to help with “the challenges facing CMS in 2013.”

“While the agency is losing a key member of its leadership team, we should celebrate Michelle’s dedication to a mission that provides vital health care services to tens of millions of our fellow Americans through the Medicare and Medicaid programs,” Tavenner said.

Snyder is the second top CMS official to leave since the website’s rocky rollout. Tony Trenkle, who served as the agency’s chief information officer, retired in November.

Celebrate her. We should celebrate her work. Not politely overlook her career and move on. Not merely thank her for trying despite her massive failure. But celebrate. We should celebrate her. These people are warped.

What is it she was in charge of again?

Her official biography says that Ms. Snyder was responsible for “standing up new programs and activities required by the Affordable Care Act.”…

A former agency official who had predicted Ms. Snyder’s departure said Monday: “She had to go. She was responsible for the implementation of Obamacare. She controlled all the resources to get it done. She was in charge of information technology. She controlled personnel and budget.”

But, but there are more than 1 million people enrolled in Obamacare. And, estimates of 5 million who lost their coverage in 2013 because of Obamacare. If we’re generous, we can at least say there are millions fewer Americans with insurance thanks to Obama’s brilliant plan to expand insurance. Heckuva job.


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The only number I’m interested in is the people who will see their annual health care costs for 2014 decrease by about $2500. Can we parade them out? Maybe on New Year’s Day.

There are some. Aren’t there? I mean, other than Sandra F and her cadre of non-stop fornicators, that is.

BKeyser on December 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Celebrate her. We should celebrate her work. Not politely overlook her career and move on. Not merely thank her for trying despite her massive failure. But celebrate. We should celebrate her. These people are warped.

Not only does everyone get a participation ribbon, everyone gets a winner trophy. Because otherwise someone’s feelings might get hurt, or at least kind of sort of dented for a while.

rbj on December 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Awww, the poor dear.

It shall only have a guaranteed golden parachute worth $175k a year, gold plated Non-Obamacare-Mandated-Health Plan, entitlements to international jet travel and artisan chocolates.

Heckuvajob GubMint Employee! Living on the taxpayers dime forever.

This crap is going to collapse.

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 7:17 PM

rbj on December 30, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Why must you be such a blatant racist? Sheesh!

/Heh

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

News dump: CMS official in charge of HealthCare.gov retiring
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The Sneaky HAMMER Sneaks one in Again,haha..(kidding MKH):)

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Unfortunately there will be some other lefty slug that will fill her vacancy.

crosshugger on December 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

**ISSA Posse’ in Hot Pursuit of ObamaCareCultists:

Top Republican smacks Obamacare higher-up for ‘cult like’ website rush as she resigns following healthcare.gov debacle
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Michelle Snyder is voluntarily stepping down from her role at the top of the healthcare.gov food chain

No one has been fired or asked to resign as a consequence of healthcare.gov’s disastrous rollout

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa slammed Snyder for enforcing a ‘cult like commitment’ to launch the site on October 1 despite its lack of readiness

Issa complained that Snyder and Kathleen Sebelius failed to plug gaping online security holes, leaving consumers open to fraud and identity theft

By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor

PUBLISHED: 22:41 GMT, 30 December 2013 | UPDATED: 22:44 GMT, 30 December 2013
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531406/Top-Republican-smacks-Obamacare-higher-cult-like-website-rush-resigns-following-healthcare-gov-debacle.html

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Yeah, I’ll celebrate, alright. When every last one of these sumbitches is run out on a rail, in 2017.

TXUS on December 30, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Yeah, I’ll celebrate, alright. When every last one of these sumb!tches is run out on a rail, in 2017.

TXUS on December 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

*ISSA*
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Obama health care law
2h
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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on health official Michelle Snyder’s departure:

‘Americans seeking health insurance are left to shoulder the risk of a website that’s still an all-around work in progress because of the cult like commitment officials had to the arbitrary goal of launching on Oct. 1′

- statement via @NBCNews
end of bulletin
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http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Yeah, I’ll celebrate, alright. When every last one of these sumb!tches is run out on a rail, in 2017.

TXUS on December 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

TXUS: Thats straight Shoot’n there Tex,……:0

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Why must you be such a blatant racist? Sheesh!

/Heh

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Because I’m a white male. According to the illiberal left, it’s in my DNA.

rbj on December 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Why must you be such a blatant racist? Sheesh!

/Heh

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Key West Reader: Were gonna need a bigger boat, haha, ..(sarc):0

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

Give her a subpoena to testify in front of Congress as a retirement gift.

Philly on December 30, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Key West Reader: Were gonna need a bigger boat, haha, ..(sarc):0

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I’m a good paddler. Sign me up for the bigger boat!

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

5 million cancelled policies = +/- 17 million people with out health insurance.

You’re doing a disservice to diminish that fact.

elowe on December 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

“So Michelle Snyder is the one responsible for the debacle,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, said.

But Sebelius clarified: “Excuse me, congresswoman, Michelle Snyder is not responsible for the debacle. Hold me accountable. I’m responsible.”

Funny how things work out.

Axe on December 30, 2013 at 7:38 PM

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:31 PM

I’m a good paddler. Sign me up for the bigger boat!

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Key West Reader:

Amen,..the USS If You Comment About Hopey
Yur a Racist Ship!!!—-:)

canopfor on December 30, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Michelle Snyder may be out of ObamaCare, but will be in the running to head up ObamaCore.

VorDaj on December 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Was she part of the “Tiger Team”?

aquaviva on December 30, 2013 at 7:43 PM

But, but there are more than 1 million people enrolled in Obamacare. And, estimates of 5 million who lost their coverage in 2013 because of Obamacare.

Hey MKH, I believe that there were 5+ million policies that were cancelled – many of those policies represent more than one person. So the estimate of those who have lost their insurance because of Obamacare, should be higher. Five million would be the minimum number.

Hill60 on December 30, 2013 at 7:50 PM

To paraphrase Lil’ Tommy Friedman, ‘If only we could be like Red China for a day. The things we could accomplish! She’d have been taken out and shot!’

GarandFan on December 30, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Did anyone else catch this?
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/12/30/we_told_you_so_121081.html

ObamaCare “is a failure so total, so comprehensive, and so multifaceted that it will be studied by schoolchildren 50 years from now when their teachers explain to them why the giant welfare and regulatory state built up in the second half of the 20th century collapsed in the first half of the 21st.” The mainstream left isn’t going to want to write those textbooks, so we’d better start with the first drafts now.

Count to 10 on December 30, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Also:

ObamaCare is not really a law. It is an open-ended grant of power and a set of vague guidelines and aspirations, with all of the details to be filled in by the executive branch.

Read more: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/12/30/we_told_you_so_121081.html#ixzz2p0gSMKyJ
Follow us: @RCP_Articles on Twitter

Count to 10 on December 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

John Roberts is probably ‘celebrating’ her ‘service’ too as he continues to dismantle the Constitution.

WhatSlushfund on December 30, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Michelle Snyder may be out of ObamaCare, but will be in the running to head up ObamaCore.

VorDaj on December 30, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Invoking The Services of Breitbart..

/Be careful! Don’t stun Libs – they have claws. And they might make fun of Andrew.

Key West Reader on December 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

count to 10 on December 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

In other words Christmas eve 2009 we got an Enabling act.

“as shall be determined” isn’t valid law.

wolly4321 on December 30, 2013 at 8:19 PM

we should celebrate Michelle’s dedication

Old and busted: Embrace the Suck

New Hotness: Celebrate the Suck!

Gotta admit it rolls off the tongue easier.

Marcola on December 30, 2013 at 8:26 PM

and grab that juicy pension for 41 years of mediocre-to-disastrous public service.

And yet Dems have denied even the most reasonable of pensions for combat veterans.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

What? Troll free? You don’t say.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

and grab that juicy pension for 41 years of mediocre-to-disastrous public service.

And yet Dems have denied even the most reasonable of pensions for combat veterans.

Happy Nomad on December 30, 2013 at 9:49 PM

And denied rightful benefits to the families of those killed by the Fort Hood jihadist, which Obama classes as a ‘workplace violence’ perpetrator.

WhatSlushfund on December 30, 2013 at 10:13 PM

What? Troll free? You don’t say.

CWchangedhisNicagain on December 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM

…yes…I notice that a lot lately.

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Fort Hood shooter asked for a Bible and the name of the company that made the CHEESE in his sandwiches while awaiting trial

Murphy9 on December 30, 2013 at 10:32 PM

…thanks for reminding us Murphy9…that is sickening…and forgotten!

KOOLAID2 on December 30, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Hypocrite in Chief

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Any others associated with the Obamacare mess should find employment elsewhere, as it is going down in flames in 2014.

Amazingoly on December 31, 2013 at 7:33 AM

There are some. Aren’t there?

BKeyser on December 30, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Sure there are! All those people who will have insurance tomorrow who haven’t paid for it! Their insurance is a LOT cheaper! Well, until someone finally figures out how to charge them properly and sucks the money right out of their bank accounts… twice.

GWB on December 31, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Well check out the questionaire developed for Ms Snyder’s awesome website:

http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/pdf_cms_1_031313.pdf

Appendix A: List of Questions in the Online Application to Support Eligibility Determinations for Enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace and for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Read it for yourself.

AH_C on December 31, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Another lefty feminist, who had 41 years of risk free government work where she NEVER was held accountable for anything. She now retires with a better pension than most Americans and yet was never held responsible. What an empty suit, leftist, feminist Democrat.

Then again, the only thing Dems count is intentions – results, Dems don’t bother with that.

MN J on December 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

I hear there are vacancies at MSNBC, Michelle.

virgo on January 1, 2014 at 3:59 AM

BTW, why is Tavenner still here? She has obstructed Congress long enough.

virgo on January 1, 2014 at 4:00 AM