Today’s big ObamaCare lie: Sebelius claims she never set a goal of seven million sign-ups

posted at 4:41 pm on February 25, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via CNS and BuzzFeed, an egregious lie even by the administration’s usual standards for ObamaCare, which is saying something. In fact, this lie, that Sebelius herself never embraced the seven-million figure she’s now trying to pawn off on CBO, was exposed nearly two months ago by one of the biggest papers in the country — and here she is, two months later, still pushing it to try to cover her ass. Quote:

Here’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaking to reporters last June: “We’re hopeful that 7 million is a realistic target.”

And here she is on Sept. 30, in an interview with NBC News: “I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014.”

Moreover, on Sept. 5, 2013, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, sent Sebelius a memo titled, “Projected Monthly Enrollment Targets for Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2014.”

The memo offered an estimate of 7,066,000, drawing both on CBO’s estimate and the experience of the universal health plan in Massachusetts, Medicare Part D “and conversations with employers, issuers and states.” It projected that enrollment would be 3.3 million by the end of December.

WaPo gave her just two Pinocchios out of four for distancing herself from the “seven million” figure back in January even though she (a) had adopted that number months earlier and (b) already was (and still is) exaggerating the total number of O-Care sign-ups by refusing to say how many are facing cancellation due to not having paid their first month’s premium. By most estimates, that number is in the ballpark of 20 percent. If that trend continues all the way to the March 31st deadline, hitting the magic “seven million” number would mean that the official numbers were padded with more than a million busted enrollments.

Three clips for you, in order: Today’s big lie; Sebelius telling NBC on September 30th of last year that seven million is the target; and then, just for fun, Jay Carney trying to spin his way out of this clusterfark last month. Note that September 30, 2013 was literally the eve of ObamaCare’s launch. Up until the very last minute, when she knew (or certainly should have known) that the website was a disaster in the making and would be hobbled for weeks or months, she passed on an easy opportunity to set expectations for enrollment much lower. Sheesh.




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Cruella De Ville has a twin.

And this one’s a liar.

Key West Reader on February 25, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Oops.. Bishop

Key West Reader on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

She’s clearly embracing the theory that when you’ve dug yourself into a hole…get a bigger shovel and keep on diggin.

Copperwood on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Must’ve been the same person that made that original/bogus ‘red line’ quote.

Midas on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

And in today’s news…..Liars still lie.

Buck_Nekkid on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Sebelius’s job is to be the three headed guard dog of the hell that is obozocare.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Lying corrupt douchbags

TX-96 on February 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Sebelius’s job is to be the three headed guard dog of the hell that is obozocare.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Which is known as a Cerberus.

Sebelius/Cerberus. It even sounds similar.

Aizen on February 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Nurse Ratched is cooking her, er, Doomsday Book again?

viking01 on February 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If we’re not willing to impeach the President, we could impeach and convict her to remove her from office.

amr on February 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Embrace the suck? Cause it sucks a wee bit less than thought?

Bmore on February 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

You said there wasn’t going to be any math on the test!!!

SacredFire on February 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

When are the constant lies from this administration going to finally end? 2016?
Of course, if Killary wins she’ll just take the baton and keep running (cankles and all) *shudder*

NapaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Water is wet…
The sun rises in the east…
Trolls troll…
and liars lie.

The Frau Goebbels of Obamacare sure likes embracing ‘The Big Lie’…

I wonder if that WaPo Obama sycophant Glenn Kessler will finally give her 4 pinocchio’s for this Big Lie?

Athos on February 25, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Seared. Seared.

cbenoistd on February 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Here’s Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaking to reporters last June: “We’re hopeful that 7 million is a realistic target.”
==========================================================================

Wait a tic,…….maybes the MSM took her out of context,
or they misinterpreted her wrong!!
(sarc)

canopfor on February 25, 2014 at 4:54 PM

Meh…no worries
-lsm

cmsinaz on February 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

The first time was tragedy in Benghazi, and now the administration is reduced to self-parody.

They should just go all in, and send Susan Rice out to make this claim. They could do it on all the Sunday talk shows but I say just cut out the middle-man and have her go on SNL and make the claim there.

MTF on February 25, 2014 at 4:56 PM

How long till Sibelius claims to have never heard of Obamacare?

ConstantineXI on February 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Miserable lying witch. Like poison I loathe her.

Naturally Curly on February 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

There we go: Mis-promising things again.

NapaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 4:58 PM

How long till Sibelius claims to have never heard of Obamacare?

ConstantineXI on February 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

“I did not have relations with that bill – Obamacare…”

“It depends on the meaning of the word ‘Obamacare’…”

Midas on February 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Servers still out of synch…

Midas on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

How long till Sibelius claims (with a straight face) to have never heard of Obamacare?

ConstantineXI on February 25, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Slight correction.

NapaConservative on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Midas on February 25, 2014 at 4:59 PM

I’m hoping she uses the old “It was my evil twin, Caitlin, that said it.”

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Clinton/Sebelius in 2016!

Rovin on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

She’s clearly embracing the theory that when you’ve dug yourself into a hole…get a bigger shovel and keep on diggin.

Copperwood on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

I’m getting my slurpee on…

Key West Reader on February 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

If we’re not willing to impeach the President, we could impeach and convict her to remove her from office.

amr on February 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

No, No, No.. It not ‘Impeachment’ its: Freedom from Presidential Job Lock.

And we would certainly be willing to extend the favor to her after all… we’re that kind of people.

DinaRehn on February 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Are you going to believe what you saw and heard her say earlier or what she says now? This open and transparent administration is true example of innocence and virtue in a dark world … they are a shining light of truth … oops sorry, just choked on my own vomit!

Fridge on February 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

It’s as if they don’t think we have memories or can dig up their prior statements.

rbj on February 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

It’s as if they don’t think we have memories or can dig up their prior statements.

rbj on February 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

They must think that we’re living in some sort of bizarre 1984 world where past statements of theirs get flushed down the memory hole – never to be heard of again.

DinaRehn on February 25, 2014 at 5:12 PM

What a cupid stunt!

Seven million was always the “goal.” She’s taking the Groupon approach (after they declared Alexander Hamilton our greatest President). We’ll just have to agree to disagree- even though I’ve been exposed a complete idiot.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Sebelius claims she never set a goal of seven million sign-ups

You Lie!

Flora Duh on February 25, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Just imagine what their meetings and conversations are about at the top levels of the administration.
It all has to be about making up lies to cover up lies about their lies.
And then they must by lying to each other.
Imagine how many of them have silently listened to Obama and thought, “He is lying again. All he does is lie. And the scary thing is he really believes that this lie now over rules the truth or the lie he told before”.

It must be a very poisoned, border line nuts White House when everything they do is based on lies.

albill on February 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

What, no one? Really?

Okay, I’ll say it:

“We have always been at war with Eastasia”

- K. Sebelius

Lance Corvette on February 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Sebelius claims she never set a goal of seven million sign-ups

…her nose is growing!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

She meant 7 mil Potempkin villagers..

vnvet on February 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

They are seriously going to try to just lie their way through this.

I understand why they think they can get away with it after all the other lies the media backed them on.

forest on February 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

It’s as if they don’t think we have memories or can dig up their prior statements.

rbj on February 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Shaddup, ya rube.

/Washington DC Elite Auto Response Generator

Key West Reader on February 25, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Sebelius’s job is to be the three headed guard dog of the hell that is obozocare.

Flange on February 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Which is known as a Cerberus.

Sebelius/Cerberus. It even sounds similar.

Aizen on February 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I didn’t think her creep factor could be increased. I stand corrected.

onomo on February 25, 2014 at 5:18 PM

“The Devil made me do it.”

——– Flip Wilson

viking01 on February 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

I’m starting to develop kind of a warm spot in my heart for Jay Carney. Unflinching adherence to the principle of winning at any cost. Not many people would be able to overcome embarrassment like that. Truly an useful idiot, but, he’ll come out of this with a financial gig somewhere that sets him up for life.

butch on February 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

That tree of liberty is getting mighty thirsty. Looks like it’s really wilting pretty badly.

Time for a good watering…..

UltimateBob on February 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Doesn’t matter what happened with the rollout or the appearance of lies to you rethuglicans. When this thing is streamlined, we get the website ironed out and people aren’t paying much more than double their old premiums, folks are going to love Obamacare and you’ll never win another election at the state or national levels.

Nondescript Progressive Hot Air Commenter/

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

What, no one? Really?

Okay, I’ll say it:

“We have always been at war with Eastasia”

- K. Sebelius

Lance Corvette on February 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Actually, you’re quite right. It’s normally the first analogy that comes to mind. Now I guess we’re just used to them lying.

hawkdriver on February 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM

butch on February 25, 2014 at 5:19 PM

A warm heart for Jay Carney? Eva Braun with patchy facial hair?

viking01 on February 25, 2014 at 5:21 PM

This woman is a complete moron.

And this just shows once more what a useless “chief executive” Barry is. He won’t fire her because – as he told O’Reilly – he wants to keep the team intact so as not to create any disruption or some such nonsense. And firing her would just be admitting that his healthcare wet dream is a cluster…

dpduq on February 25, 2014 at 5:22 PM

“Why the long face Kathleen?” — John Kerry gets ‘revenge’.

otlset on February 25, 2014 at 5:25 PM

“Let’s show this prehistoric b!tch how we do things downtown!”

Oh, sorry, I thought this was the Harold Ramis thread.

Still works, though.

Emperor Norton on February 25, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Their math makes me dizzy-we need Hawking to make sense of this.

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 25, 2014 at 5:29 PM

The entire Obama experience has been nothing but one lie based upon another lie,, perpetrated by yet another lie, all coming from an empty suit whose entire persona is nothing but one big huge fabricated lie…from the circumstances of his birth and all points in between. And the feeble brained “American Idol” voting public has bought them all…hook, line and sinker… It is all unfolding just as Biblical Prophecy has said it would, too. That being said, all we can do is to batten down our hatches, dig in, arm up, and prepare for the coming collapse and civil war that is on the near horizon. Thanks a lot, libiots…

bimmcorp on February 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

“Absolutely, it’s been incredible momentum…”

- Hilarious, cross-eyed circus clown Marc LaJuan Hill.

Jaibones on February 25, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Their math makes me dizzy-we need Hawking to make sense of this.

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 25, 2014 at 5:29 PM

On the Shoulders of Affirmative-action ?

viking01 on February 25, 2014 at 5:35 PM

The Queen of Death needs to suck out souls to keep her alive.

Avoid her at all costs!

22044 on February 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Sebelius’s voice has the same tenor as nails scrapping a chalkboard, don’t you think?

Deafdog on February 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM

7,000,000 sign-ups, no I said the companies that built our web site offered me $7,000,000.

Sven on February 25, 2014 at 5:48 PM

Que the Roots cover of ‘Lyin’s Ass Bitch’ now.

ghostwalker1 on February 25, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Their math makes me dizzy-we need Hawking to make sense of this.

jmtham156 on February 25, 2014 at 5:29 PM

They’ve ignored the earlier claims where the goal was “at least 7 Million” as if they were downplaying the demand for Obamacare. Most of that optimism left with the inoperative website.

Happy Nomad on February 25, 2014 at 5:55 PM

A liar, just like her boss.

sadatoni on February 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM

If some industrious social scientist wanted to see what would happen by crossing the effects of The Peter Principle with Affirmative Action they’d have a Nobel Prize winning example with anyone in this Administration.

These Obamabot Clowns just continue telling whoppers day after day, week after week. And the Lame Stream Manure Spreading Multi-media Presstitutes simply nod like bobble-headed dolls while regurgitating this total absolute NONSENSE.

Killary and Joke Biden 2016!
Yea, let’s keep this clown car rolling.

Missilengr on February 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

It’s as if they don’t think we have memories or can dig up their prior statements.
rbj on February 25, 2014 at 5:09 PM

They know a few of us have memories and pay attention. They also know the great majority of low-info voters don’t bother to remember or dig up prior statements either….and that’s who they play to.

And so far their lies and compound lies seem to work just fine.

marybel on February 25, 2014 at 6:01 PM

What a despicable bunch of phony liars.

rplat on February 25, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Phony liars are…never mind.

22044 on February 25, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Hi! My name is Kathleen Sebelius, watch me pull a number out of my ass. Don’t hold me to that number. I’ll change it any time the number becomes politically inconvenient.

So when does King Barack the Magnificent proclaim that no one will be allowed to videotape or record statements made by members of his administration?

GarandFan on February 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

“I’m here to let African Americans know that they have a historic opportunity…”

are you kidding me?!

mjbrooks3 on February 25, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Lie-beralism.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 25, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Is this an example of that newfangled ‘Common Core Math’?

tanked59 on February 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Hi! My name is Kathleen Sebelius, watch me pull a number out of my ass. Don’t hold me to that number. I’ll change it any time the number becomes politically inconvenient.

So when does King Barack the Magnificent proclaim that no one will be allowed to videotape or record statements made by members of his administration?

GarandFan on February 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM

She should assign Obamacare number-crunching to the same folks that give us all the fake economic-growth by-quarter numbers.

slickwillie2001 on February 25, 2014 at 6:33 PM

If their mouths are moving, they’re lying. Simple test.

xNavigator on February 25, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Wonder if I could get them to fill out my tax return for me…

Oxymoron on February 25, 2014 at 6:39 PM

At least you can trust Susan Rice.

John the Libertarian on February 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Which is known as a Cerberus.

Sebelius/Cerberus. It even sounds similar.

Aizen on February 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Wasn’t that a hedge fund that Algore “worked” at for awhile?

Nutstuyu on February 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Do super massive black holes really exist? Yes, were Obamacare sucking up everything that comes close to it.

notwantedinN.Y.

jmtham156 on February 25, 2014 at 7:19 PM

She’s clearly embracing the theory that when you’ve dug yourself into a hole…get a bigger shovel and keep on diggin.

Copperwood on February 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Kathleen Sebelius has a “shovel ready” job…

ITguy on February 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Nurse Ratchad

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Ratched

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I hope this Administration doesn’t believe their own hype. If they do, they’re completely out of touch with reality.

oldennis on February 25, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Will anybody do anything about it?…even on Fox the “journalists” just laughed and used the term “moving the goal posts”…they think we are stupid.

d1carter on February 25, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Don’t you dimwits need 350 million to be a success? Not to mention complete your socialist paradise. 4 million? 7 million? Whatever you pull out of your behinds isn’t worth spit. It’s a laughable failure that fewer and fewer people (even your pitiful trogs) want, can afford or trust.

ironked on February 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Why do we keep trusting the terminally stupid, like Morticia Sibelius, to hold office?

Are we worried that they won’t be able to feed themselves?

virgo on February 25, 2014 at 10:50 PM