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An overdue exit

Kathleen Sebelius' failure lies in dangerous faith in government

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We have the privilege of knowing Kathleen Sebelius, and wish her nothing but the best in the future.

So it provides us no pleasure to conclude that her recent past appears to have been nothing short of a national disaster.

The secretary of Health and Human Services, who is mercifully and belatedly leaving office, will forever be the face of the disastrous government health-care rollout that became a sick joke – even, notably, among the fawning comedians who otherwise have been a safe haven for the Obama administration lo these five years.

Not laughing, of course, are the millions who lost their cherished health insurance, and the millions of others who tore their hair out trying to navigate Sebelius’ maddeningly incompetent enterprise.

Also not amused are the millions of American business owners who have been juggling time cards, work forces, insurance worries and budget uncertainties while Sebelius, Obama and others in the administration have arbitrarily changed deadlines, rewritten rules and suspended whole portions of the health care law.

Those suspensions have been made necessary by the confluence of two toxic rivers: an incomprehensible, hastily assembled mastodon of a law, and this administration’s stunning inability to implement even its simplest elements.

To wit: In a day and age in which department store websites handle much more online traffic with infinitely more ease, the awesome power of the United States government under Sebelius could not manage to build a website capable of the most menial tasks for the least amount of visitors.

The stop-and-start, seat-of-the-pants rollout has been an unmitigated failure and an unforgivable dereliction of the most personal, delicate and important facet of our lives: our health care.

Moreover, all along Sebelius – while failing to predict deadline changes and to properly advise Congress and the people – has professed complete and utter ignorance of how many of the supposed 7-plus-million “enrollees” have actually paid a premium.

Perhaps she can be forgiven for having no interest in knowing that little thing; such details may be inconsequential to inveterate state-o-crats with 24-hour access to taxpayers’ wallets. Indeed, insurance companies tasked with covering Obamacare enrollees can call on the bottomless pit of borrowed federal money to make them whole.

That officials might have meant well cannot be assumed of all parties in this debacle. There is good reason to believe the true intent of all this is to eliminate private insurance altogether in favor of a single-payer, government-run health-care system. Barack Obama was once caught on video espousing it himself.

Again, knowing Sebelius, we have no reason to believe anything but good intentions on her part.

But her failing – similar to the president’s – is a pure, unalloyed and wholly unwarranted faith in the power of government to bring order to, and in many respects run, the most intimate details of every American’s life.

Sebelius’ exit is long overdue; no one in charge of such a shipwreck would’ve survived an extra day in a private sector venture. Nor does her riding off into the sunset produce the accountability so lacking in this administration (Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservatives, etc.).

Besides that general lack of answerability, it’s likely Sebelius was able to hang on as long as she did because she and the president are a good fit; both of them project a cool, “Relax, I’ve got this” persona that effectively shrouds the stark reality that, no, they don’t “got it.” Not at all.

Fittingly, Sebelius’ resignation speech Friday was hit by a glitch: a page of it went missing.

No one knows yet how bad this leviathan law will be in the long run. Regardless, the Sebelius fiasco should be held up in textbooks as a text-book case of the dangerous arrogance of liberal government elites who think they can run one-sixth of the world’s largest economy, with all its moving parts, and be home for supper.

But here’s the rub: Even if they fail, they may just take the private insurance market with them – and end up getting us the single-payer system they really always wanted.

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 04/12/14 - 02:47 am
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Sebelius -

- took one for the team! Considering she was a disgrace who do you think was appointed to take her place?

Sylvia Matthews Burwell was appointed to take her place. Who is Burwell? Obama's "White House Budget Director", no less.

This just goes to show the contempt the Obama administration has for Americans.

Considering the accomplishments of Obama's budgets, his appointment shows his disdain for US citizens. He has appointed one failure with another, perhaps, bigger failure!

Why would he do that?

Actions speak louder than words!!!

deestafford
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deestafford 04/12/14 - 07:36 am
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I don't think anyone could have made a Rolls Royce...

I don't think anyone could have made a Rolls Royce out of this tricycle but she made it worse than someone who had advanced only because of their liberal views. She was a liberal even as governor of Kansas.

I don't think here replacement will be a whole lot better. But, who is surprised because Obama picks only those who are fellow leftist trail walkers.

edcushman
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edcushman 04/12/14 - 08:18 am
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"He has appointed one failure
Unpublished

"He has appointed one failure with another, perhaps, bigger failure!"
What else can we expect from a community organizer?

carcraft
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carcraft 04/12/14 - 08:43 am
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Obama, the clown prince of

Obama, the clown prince of community organizers!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/12/14 - 09:04 am
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One size fits all

That is what we are headed for...I can't blame this disaster on this one woman...this was in the cooker before she came along...I wish the Reps would start with some programs to FIX the dang thing...before we all die.

KSL
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KSL 04/12/14 - 02:33 pm
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You beat me to it, seenit. I

You beat me to it, seenit. I think it was designed to do just what it is doing.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 04/12/14 - 11:23 am
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Pay back

They should make her pay back the millions of dollars of our tax dollars she wasted when making these bad decisions. Good riddance.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/12/14 - 01:50 pm
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Sec of HHS

Perhaps it was time for her "to fall on the sword" for the Obama admin, BUT shouldn't the company that was hired to set up the Obamacare web site be responsible as well??!! All too often, government contractors feel like they can get away with "MILKING" the government! This is one of the main reasons that Obama shut down The MOX Project!!

edcushman
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edcushman 04/12/14 - 02:09 pm
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"This is one of the main
Unpublished

"This is one of the main reasons that Obama shut down The MOX Project!!"
That statement is untrue. Obama is shutting down MOX because like his right hand person the communist Valerie Jarrett said, 'we will punish our enemies'. SC and GA voted for the repubs in the last few elections.

KSL
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KSL 04/12/14 - 03:51 pm
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Valerie Jarrett is worse than

Valerie Jarrett is worse than Dick Cheney could ever be perceived to be.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/12/14 - 03:04 pm
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Single payer as an outcome is

Single payer as an outcome is as surely a factor as Obama is a lightweight. Too many encouragements for insurers to drop people and for employers to drop people. Who ya gonna call? OBAMACARE!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 04/12/14 - 05:05 pm
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A national disaster appoints

A national disaster appoints other national disasters to cabinet positions. From Eric Holder to Kathleen Sebelius to Hillary Clinton, they are all failures. Their policies are failure, and in Holder's case his actions are illegal and unconstitutional. Of course, so are most of Obama's. What did you expect from Obama? You knew what he was when you elected him. The Republicans and FOX News told you exactly what would happen and what kind of lying low life you were determined to elect. I sure hope your birth control pills and tax the rich chants were worth it. Oh yeh, anyone who wanted them were already getting free birth control pills and the rich haven't been taxed anymore at all. Seems like the MIDDLE CLASS is paying for all of Obama's failed policies and the disasters created by his incompetent appointees. How's that black savior thingy working out for you MIDDLE CLASS? Was all of this worth it just to be able to say you elected a black president?

Please be saving your money. As of today every man, woman, and child owes $55,168 toward the $17.5 TRILLION dollar debt. When can we expect the checks to cover you, your wife, and each of your children? We need to make a payment on Kathleen Sebelius' Obamacare web site. You know, the one that cost us almost $1 billion but anyone else could have gotten for a few hundred thousand bucks.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/12/14 - 07:22 pm
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Long overdue

But not the last we will see of her.

Look for her after 2014 elections, becoming a "required" independent Affordable Health Care, "Special Consultant " for any company seeking to cash in.

I still wonder what was on the MISSING PAGE of her resignation speech, that the Administration Handler likely pulled.

KSL
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KSL 04/12/14 - 07:39 pm
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They just keep cashing in no

They just keep cashing in no matter how bad they have been.

KSL
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KSL 04/12/14 - 08:47 pm
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Come on now, tds. If you

Come on now, tds. If you support obama, you have a huge problem on your hands for what has gone on. Unless you do not support our form of government.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/12/14 - 09:20 pm
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The TD Voter is

WHO CARES?
It is obvious a TD person seldom reads any comments, they just vote down names, not the idea.

So They are nothing more than a Blogger /dev/null contributing nothing to the subject with their vote.

Maybe we can get Sean to add another counter.
This one in the Users Profile that lets them keep tabs on their voting record.☺

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/12/14 - 11:32 pm
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Whoa!

Thanks, KSL for that link to the chart for the premium increases. It is sad that no one will get that information out on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. The ones who need to know don't read the news.

KSL
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KSL 04/13/14 - 12:16 am
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Well

It is like education, before commom core crap. You can present the material, but you cannot make them learn it. Not as long as you pay people not to learn and to take care of themselves.

If the parent or parents were made to take care of that next new generation out of their own money, this mess would come to a very quick end.

KSL
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KSL 04/13/14 - 12:20 am
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Of course, I would balk big

Of course, I would balk big time at common core if I were to be in school and subjected to that mess.

KSL
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KSL 04/13/14 - 12:25 am
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What the heck is wrong with

What the heck is wrong with memorizing certain things? Don't you have to memorize your home address? Your name?

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