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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Ding dong

Philly on April 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Reap it.

Bishop on April 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

“The president wants to make sure we have a proven manager and relentless implementer in the job over there, which is why he is going to nominate Sylvia,” said Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff.

Because evidently he didn’t have one the first time around.

Walter L. Newton on April 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

She had to, they are coming out with a new Wizard of Oz and she has been cast.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Obama conducts war on women!

matthew8787 on April 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Hey, Rep. Gowdy…now’s your chance….go throw some water on her.

“I’m melting……melting…….ahhhhhhhhhh”

BobMbx on April 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Oh no! ObamaCare’s going to suck now!

Chuck Schick on April 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

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.

BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!! Then again, Burwell’s $4 trillion budget actually did get a couple of votes, unlike the previous 3 products from OMB.

Steve Eggleston on April 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.

Great, the OMB is so well run…/sarc

celt on April 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Ding dong

Philly on April 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Don’t be mentioning Ding Dongs unless you brought enough to share.

Flange on April 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I’m sure whoever takes her place will be just as bad.

vityas on April 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Remember the slaughter of the 2006 elections and afterwards Bush finally accepted Rumsfeld’s resignation? And republicans were so mad that he’d waited until after the election.

Well, this is Democrats being somewhat smarter than Republicans, again.

myrenovations on April 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Convenient. How many is it now that have resigned from their post when up to their necks in law-breaking and now won’t/can’t respond to questioning?

How many does that make now?

avagreen on April 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Resigns.

LOL

fogw on April 10, 2014 at 7:02 PM

She took one for the team. Next up: single payer. Traitor b*tch.

WhatSlushfund on April 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Ding dong, the witch Cruella is dead, dead, dead!

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

This means nothing.

TX-96 on April 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

” If you like your job – You can keep your job”
Hahahahahahahaha.
I am quite sure they will try and spin it as a job well done, and she can leave now that it is so completely successful.
haahahahahaha

builderD on April 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Finally!!!

Kathleen Sebelius
27m
Report: US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expected to resign; announcement expected tomorrow, source tells @BloombergNews
end of alert

canopfor on April 10, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Come on, Sophie – no need to slander Disney villains like that. After all, Curella was only interested in killing dalmation puppies.

Nurse Ratched is a far more apt description.

Steve Eggleston on April 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

She wasn’t at the Rose Garden ceremony where O declared Mission Accomplished

It’s Obamacare we’re talking about, right?

Omission Accomplished.

fogw on April 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

It’s probably the last chance (either to get rid of her or for her to leave the Obama administration) without a Republican controlled Senate holding the confirmation hearings.

It seems like a disappointing end to a significant career, which has included a popular turn as Governor in a state where Democrats have trouble getting elected.

Mister Mets on April 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

This is how members of the Obama administration avoid major trouble…they “resign”. Just like Hillary resigned to make Benghazi someone else’s problem.

How about next up, Holder…for the trifecta?

JetBoy on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Evil woman, you got the blues……

SailorMark on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Well….bye.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Well……BYE.

portlandon on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

It’s probably the last chance (either to get rid of her or for her to leave the Obama administration) without a Republican controlled Senate holding the confirmation hearings.

It seems like a disappointing end to a significant career, which has included a popular turn as Governor in a state where Democrats have trouble getting elected.

Mister Mets on April 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Her career isn’t over, there are always the sequels.

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Not sorry to see her go. Hope the door bangs her in the butt on her way out of DC. No doubt she’ll probably become a lobbyist.

CoffeeLover on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

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

Ouch.

rbj on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Bitter Clinger!!!!!!

portlandon on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

She will next appear on a beach in Trinadad, courtesy of the US taxpayer, and the island will suddenly fall off the shipping charts.

Vanceone on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

I thank Secretary Sebelius for her service. She had an impossible task: nobody can make Obamacare work.

Hahaha, Cantor. Oh, wait. That was not service.

Idiot.

chris0christies0donut on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

How long before her kiss-and-tell book, “Inside ObamaCare” comes out?

VastRightWingConspirator on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Getting rid of her is not a win. They’ll just replace her with someone like her. They don’t know anyone who is honest and capable.

crankyoldlady on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

thud she is under the bus

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

he would be best served by someone who was not the target of so much political ire,

You can only lie to Congress so much………….

Exit question: IS HOLDER NEXT?

GarandFan on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM

But, she resembles Cruella more.

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Good Riddance, Evil ‘female dog’!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

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.

Perfect!!

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Needed to spend more time with her family, did she?

Another Drew on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

And now BO & his groupies will whine about how “we all should move past the roll out problems” – after all that bad Sebelius is gone – it was all her fault.

New shiny toy time.

katiejane on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Well, I say that she will be on the road to new horizons, for we who live in a society where incompetence and thieving are virtues and a politician can become a TV personality, a member of numerous crony corporate boards, and very wealthy, it’s not easy to conform if you have any morality at all…I, I, I said that myself many years ago…

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Bitter Clinger!!!!!!

portlandon on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Missed it by that much!!

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Congrats Kansas. You get your wicked witch back.

BTW, as a means of comparison-

Fox News covered Sebelius’s resignation for a full half hour. Greta led with the story and then moved on to the range war in Riverside, NV.

CNN at the top of the 7pm hour announced they were covering two major breaking stories. The Sebelius resignation and, you guessed it, the disappearance of the Malaysian Airways flight.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Sven on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Yeah-I’m sure she can find another late-term abortionist to be the patron of. ///

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

You can only lie to Congress so much………….

Exit question: IS HOLDER NEXT?

GarandFan on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

No, he is too much of an arrogant pr1ck to resign any time soon.

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

How long before her kiss-and-tell book, “Inside ObamaCare” comes out?

VastRightWingConspirator on April 10, 2014 at 7:09 PM

October 1st
End of October
November 30th
December 31st
March 31st
Some time in April

fogw on April 10, 2014 at 7:13 PM

CNN at the top of the 7pm hour announced they were covering two major breaking stories. The Sebelius resignation and, you guessed it, the disappearance of the Malaysian Airways flight.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Glad to see their still all over the biggest news story of the day!!
///

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Exit question: IS HOLDER NEXT?
GarandFan on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

That would result in a new winner of the shortest length of time ever:
Holder’s resignation announcement, and the filing of extradition papers by the Government of Mexico, so he can answer F&F questions in a Mexican Court.

Another Drew on April 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Her departure might be the only “deadline” HHS meets (successfully) in five years.

Grinch on April 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

It’s immediate resignation too.

Obama has an immediate replacement.

She’s known her a$$ was grass for a while now.

portlandon on April 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Exit question: IS HOLDER NEXT?

GarandFan on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

How dare you treat the Attorney General that way…

/s

JetBoy on April 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

So where is this adult female puppy heading to now , I mean after her 3 months of paid vacation ?
IRS ? To implement JiziahCAIR ?

burrata on April 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

So, she gets a Obama pardon, can Obama pardon himself, and or is their a limt on the number of pardons. Over two hundered seems to be not out of the question. Could be as high as 1,000 who will need it.??

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM

I hope for her character’s sake she just got sick and tired of telling lies for this administration and when she saw the opportunity (finally) she jumped ship. It’s really kind of despicable what they asked her to do, but not surprising given the way this administration operates. Good luck to her.

scalleywag on April 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Warning to other Obamabots: this is what happens when Precious no longer has use for you.

Lookin’ at you, Eric Holder!!

Maddie on April 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Too effing late. To be replaced by another Sebelius? Guess it doesn’t matter. Prepare for a book by her.

racquetballer on April 10, 2014 at 7:19 PM

This is just somebody’s bright idea to get another enrollee in Obamacare when shes in the private sector!

NYCMike on April 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Wouldn’t this job opening be perfect for the godfather of Obamacare?

CTSherman on April 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Maybe they could still dump Colbert and have her replace Lettermen?

Mimzey on April 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Cruella moving to WHO.

BobMbx on April 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

The Obama bus had a high lift kit installed, some new all or nothing huge tires, they will go down to low range gear if needed.

No one is safe now.
The EPA crooks need to see what is coming.

The CO2 operation is total fauad, in fact as bigger lie than Obama Care.

Billions upon Billions have been stole via this fraud.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM

scalleywag on April 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

While governor of Kansas, the witch was a huge patron of George Tiller.
CHARACTER?!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 10, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Back home to the puppy farm.

myiq2xu on April 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

AP,

KB WAS at the Rose Garden Ceremony.

The POS conspicuously did NOT recognize her but did give a shout-outs to Pelosi, Durbin and a few others for their work on the ACA.

It was a blatant dis.

wyntre on April 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

But, she resembles Cruella more.

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Physically…maybe.

Philosophically, the incoming Secretary resembles Cruella much more.

Steve Eggleston on April 10, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Glad to see their still all over the biggest news story of the day!!
///

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:14 PM

I know! There’s so much going on in the world since that plane disappeared and CNN seems stuck in some sort of time warp. That Boeing-777 could have been carrying the Lindbergh baby, Bigfoot, proof of aliens (not the Mexican kind), and Ponce Deleon with the location of the fountain of youth. And it wouldn’t be a breaking story a month out with just a few pings.

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2014 at 7:24 PM

No one is safe now.
The EPA crooks need to see what is coming.

The CO2 operation is total fauad, in fact as bigger lie than Obama Care.

Billions upon Billions have been stole via this fraud.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on April 10, 2014 at 7:21 PM


Shades of Tuskgegee & Aktion t4: The EPA Conducted Dangerous Experiments On Humans To Further Its Agenda

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Wouldn’t this job opening be perfect for the godfather of Obamacare?

CTSherman on April 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Godfather of Obamacare? Who’s that ?
The Grim Reaper ?
or the patient dumper ?

burrata on April 10, 2014 at 7:26 PM

those two tweets at the end are hilarious =)

Sachiko on April 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

“Heckuva job, Kate…”

bimmcorp on April 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I suspect the main reason she is ‘resigning’ is her being held in contempt of Congress, and Herr Obama doesn’t want to keep covering her arse like he has Holder’s and others. I hope they press the contempt charge and that she gets time in a cell, but with a criminal gang running the country now I’m not going to hold my breath.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I hope for her character’s sake she just got sick and tired of telling lies for this administration and when she saw the opportunity (finally) she jumped ship. It’s really kind of despicable what they asked her to do, but not surprising given the way this administration operates. Good luck to her.

scalleywag on April 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Actually pretty smart on her part. She gets to claim a small victory on the Obamacare enrollment (bogus, of course).

Then, she’s long gone when Obamacare collapses.

MichaelGabriel on April 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Shades of Tuskgegee & Aktion t4: The EPA Conducted Dangerous Experiments On Humans To Further Its Agenda

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

That would certainly help to explain John McCain and Harry Reid.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

The stock market crashes…

Holder runs to “his people” and whines….

Lerner is found in contempt….

Sebelius resigns….

All in 24 hours….

Electrongod on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Well, at least he’s not nominating a man. Then we’d have to pay an extra 12 cents on every dollar. COST-SAVINGS, BABY!

UnderstandingisPower on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Well….bye.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Well……BYE.

portlandon on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Now that was funny.

climbnjump on April 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I hope for her character’s sake she just got sick and tired of telling lies for this administration and when she saw the opportunity (finally) she jumped ship. It’s really kind of despicable what they asked her to do, but not surprising given the way this administration operates. Good luck to her.

scalleywag on April 10, 2014 at 7:18 PM

For her character’s sake? Like she was acting in a play these last five years? You want her to come back next season like one of the non-Rick non-walkers in Walking Dead???

Because if you are talking about character as in values, integrity, and honesty. This bitch has none of that. She denied a 13-year-old a transplant operation that would save her life because the girl didn’t fit the rules. How can you even suggest that Sebelius has character after she would kill off a young girl?

Happy Nomad on April 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

There goes Nurse Ratched, into the sunset.

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.

But is she gay?

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Bye bye love…

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Drudge is a riot. The pictures make me laugh.

All devils and diabolitas are there.

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Her wardrobe cost should go down if she was wearing federal prison issue.

docflash on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Dan McLaughlin @baseballcrank

Obama to announce at 5pm tomorrow that he’s extending the deadline for Sebelius to leave.
7:02 PM – 10 Apr 2014

Bazinga!

PatriotGal2257 on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Just in time for her cameo on “Orange is the New Black”.

a5minmajor on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

This is how members of the Obama administration avoid major trouble…they “resign”. Just like Hillary resigned to make Benghazi someone else’s problem.

How about next up, Holder…for the trifecta?

JetBoy on April 10, 2014 at 7:07 PM

It is kind of sexist that only the women “resign”.

monalisa on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Shades of Tuskgegee & Aktion t4: The EPA Conducted Dangerous Experiments On Humans To Further Its Agenda

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:25 PM

That would certainly help to explain John McCain and Harry Reid.

VorDaj on April 10, 2014 at 7:29 PM

It happened under the Obama administration.

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

“administration aides worried… would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy…”

Of course, it’s all about his precious legacy and never about what is good for the people. That POS can choke on his legacy. (I’m sure I’m targeted for an audit now).

behiker on April 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Ding, dong, the witch is dead

Schadenfreude on April 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

She’ll be a future board member of Planned Parenthood.

Perfect for the “Butcher of Kansas”.

KirknBurker on April 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

The stock market crashes…

Holder runs to “his people” and whines….

Lerner is found in contempt….

Sebelius resigns….

All in 24 hours….

Electrongod on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

And somebody threw a shoe at Killary!

climbnjump on April 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

My bet: She shacks up with John Roberts and they do a reality TV show.

WhatSlushfund on April 10, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Well….bye.

Bitter Clinger on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Well……BYE.

portlandon on April 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Now that was funny.

climbnjump on April 10, 2014 at 7:31 PM

““They laugh alike, they walk alike, at times they even talk alike.”

GrannyDee on April 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Guess who’s getting blamed for everything going forward?

forest on April 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Holder runs to “his people” and whines….

Electrongod on April 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Interestingly and unsurprisingly…

Obama Administration Whitewashes Holder’s Remarks About He And Obama Facing Racism From House GOP…

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:38 PM

Damage done.

CW on April 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Exit question: IS HOLDER NEXT?

GarandFan on April 10, 2014 at 7:10 PM

You don’t go there!!

tommer74 on April 10, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Good riddance, original Queen of Death. Make way for Queen of Death 2.0!

22044 on April 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

And somebody threw a shoe at Killary!

climbnjump on April 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Yeah, and she didn’t even have to travel to a hostile country like Iraq. It happened on Dingy Reid’s turf. lolz

‘The woman was paid by the Koch Bros.’

- New Progtard conspiracy theory

Resist We Much on April 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

This means nothing.

TX-96 on April 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Yup, copy that. Except that it is a crystal clear confirmation of everything that critics of her and O’Bonehead have been saying all along.

She probably offered her resignation last June, when it was undeniable that the whole program was a disaster. And normal people (functioning brains) would ask why O’Bozo didn’t accept it then and blame her for the coming freakshow, but that’s not how Dems roll. No, they keep her twisting in the wind as the haggard face of this abortion and then fire her now — after ludicrously declaring success.

History is going to laugh out loud at these dopes.

Jaibones on April 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

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