Sebelius to resign as secretary of HHS

posted at 6:56 pm on April 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

So they hit their target of seven million sign-ups and she’s still out the door before the dust settles, eh? Seems … not so triumphant.

Allegedly she jumped rather than waiting to be pushed, but the Times catches something I missed last week. She wasn’t at the Rose Garden ceremony where O declared Mission Accomplished after they hit seven million. Hard to believe she wouldn’t want to be there to join the victory lap after taking so much grief from so many sides for so long over the website. Was she not invited?

Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the crippling problems at HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll Americans in insurance exchanges, would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy…

Last month, Ms. Sebelius approached Mr. Obama and began a series of conversations about her future, Mr. McDonough said. The secretary told the president that the March 31 deadline for sign-ups under the health care law — and rising enrollment numbers — provided an opportunity for change, and that he would be best served by someone who was not the target of so much political ire, Mr. McDonough said.

“What was clear is that she thought that it was time to transition the leadership to somebody else,” he said. “She’s made clear in other comments publicly that she recognizes that she takes a lot of the incoming. She does hope — all of us hope — that we can get beyond the partisan sniping.”

Her replacement is Sylvia Mathews Burwell, currently head of Obama’s OMB and someone whom, says the Times, O thinks will bring “an intense focus and management acumen to the department” in contrast to the now departing supervisor of the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl. The confirmation hearings will, I trust, be zesty.

As for Sebelius, I’m nominating her right now to replace Brendan Eich as Mozilla CEO. She’s got plenty of website expertise. I’m sure we’d all be glad to see Firefox “benefit” from it.

Update: Touche.

Update: For old time’s sake:

Update: Sorry, my mistake. Sebelius *was* at the Rose Garden ceremony with Obama but apparently ended up being snubbed anyway. He didn’t mention her when he thanked various pols from the podium for making ObamaCare possible.

Update: Here you go, guys — the rapidly congealing leftist conventional wisdom courtesy of the Voxsplainer-in-chief.


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Miss Lamar

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Bmore

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I’d like to say better latte than never but the damage and harm she caused this country cannot be repaired

jaywemm on April 10, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Obama is just anti-woman.

Axion on April 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I was reading on another site that one of the best finance ministers, Jim Flaherty, passed away suddenly at the age of 64. Jim was Canada’s minister of finance for the last 7 years and guided the country through the worst financial crisis in memory to the point where Canada will be in a surplus position in 2015. His integrity and character was outstanding but his political and financial acumen was something to behold. Then I am graced with the vision of incompetence exemplified by Sebelius and the entire Omamacare mess and can only say to my American brothers and sisters where is your Jim Flaherty? God knows you desperately need one.

Brian Mallard on April 11, 2014 at 12:25 AM

Well at least I won’t have to look at her anymore. But I’ll have to look at the next horrible person.

Alana on April 11, 2014 at 12:38 AM

…administration aides worried that the crippling problems at HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll Americans in insurance exchanges, would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy…

Yikes, wouldn’t want to damage that legacy of his – which he has thus far established as a vile, lying, corrupt, lazy, half-witted, racist communist, and the absolute worst President ever.

justltl on April 11, 2014 at 1:00 AM

“…would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy…”
Too late. The lyin’ b*stard already took care of that himself.

AppraisHer on April 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM

She’ll just go to some Dem PAC or Libtard subversive organization maintained by a combination of stolen U.S. government funds and extorted/swindled money from various corporations and private foundations (I still don’t understand how Ayers and Obama got money from the Annenberg Foundation).

She’ll still make a lot of $ (perhaps even more now) and still be an integral part of the downsizing of America leading to a dismal, PC, Socialist U.S.

These Leftists learned from their history that riots, bombings, kidnappings, and bank robberies were ineffective in accomplishing their goals. They learned to quietly move into all facets of society and take over through their incessant social networking (see the Venona Files).

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 11, 2014 at 5:13 AM

She can work in the commencement address arena – there are new openings.

profits101 on April 11, 2014 at 5:38 AM

The wheeels on the bus goes go round and round… Well, you people get the picture.

Swedish Patriot on April 11, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Now only Holder has to go the plank, too….

Swedish Patriot on April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

The scapegoat is now available to blame for all the problems of Obamacare.

Of course the problems still remain and the law remains hated… and there is a segment of the uninsured that will never, ever buy health insurance because of their principles. So the authoritarian fantasyland has a swamp it cannot be rid of, a swamp of its own making and it is all on a land sinking beneath the waves. Blaming the scapegoat never fixes the problem.

ajacksonian on April 11, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won.

And Putin seized Crimea because he is weak.

“Solipsism” is not a strong enough term for the progressive relationship with reality.

MidniteRambler on April 11, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Michael Moore did once say that Kathleen Sebelius would be elected President in 2016–maybe that is why she left.

Because Michael Moore is never, ever, wrong about anything, and if he was wrong he would surely own up to his mistakes.

MidniteRambler on April 11, 2014 at 6:42 AM

She’s taking one for the team. This is a ploy for the election. Democrats are now free to scapegoat Sebelius.

ButterflyDragon on April 11, 2014 at 7:11 AM

What do we know about her replacement?
My take.

kingsjester on April 11, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Finally clicked her heels and is returning to Kansas. Probably ran out of Rolaids and Pepto Bismol. Won’t be missed. Now her replacement will have someone to blame for the Obamacare failures.

Amazingoly on April 11, 2014 at 8:47 AM

First, ezroid klein is an unpleasant and delusional turd floating in the punchbowl of life.

Second-

“The secretary told the president that the March 31 deadline for sign-ups under the health care law — and rising enrollment numbers…”

Enrollment numbers being defined in this case as anyone who at any time in the last 4 years even thought about possibly going to a website that discussed the a.c.a. and/or its deleterious effect on one’s health.

GrassMudHorsey on April 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Should have been fired to remove eligibility for Unemployment and/or Federal retirement benefits.

MSGTAS on April 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

She’ll wind up as a lobbyist for United Healthcare or Aetna making bigger bucks and with more influence. I don’t think she’s headed back to Topeka.

If you like your Sebelius, you can keep your Sebelius. And the One will make sure she makes what male lobbyists make.

NoPain on April 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM

IRONY is a bee-atch! Considering how STILL jacked up the ACA Web Site is, how appropriate it was for Sebilius to experience her own ‘glitch’ during her resignation speech when she suddenly realized she was missing a page, couldn’t go on (needed an Obama teleprompter), and wrapped up quickly. LOL!

easyt65 on April 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Well, she’ll have lots more time to chase those 101 Dalmatians.

RonRon on April 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Obama is just anti-woman.

Axion on April 11, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Obama is anti-everything but Obama.

Conservchik on April 12, 2014 at 12:19 AM

Well, she’ll have lots more time to chase those 101 Dalmatians.

RonRon on April 11, 2014 at 6:52 PM

And we have a winnah!!

Conservchik on April 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

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