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November 1st, 2013 - 6:26 pm


Details of the above photo at National Journal:

Speaking at a library in Memphis as part of an effort to encourage healthcare sign ups in the city, Sebelius said she didn’t know where that figure came from and that the government doesn’t have “reliable enrollment figures yet.”

“I don’t pay a lot of attention to these early reports, because the system was flawed,” she said, adding that the flaws were partly because of demand. “This is month one. We’re in football season now, and this is the first quarter. A lot of folks want to declare game over. I don’t know where those figures came from, but we’ll be giving out comprehensive figures once a month.”

Those government figures, she said, would start coming out in a few weeks.

“There is nobody more frustrated with the website than I am,” she said. “We should have done better.”

She told community leaders the public needs to be reminded that the website does not function like Amazon.com, where customers are used to logging on to buy a product “like a Tickle Me Elmo doll”** before someone else gets it. In this case, Sebelius said, the service is constant and doesn’t run out.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) who invited Sebelius to the city, bristled at some of the questions she was asked, saying “Change is hard. Get over it. Barack Obama is president, and the Affordable Care Act is the law.”

In the crowd was Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey, the sponsor of a bill to block Medicaid expansion in Tennessee scheduled to be heard in January. He tried to give Sebelius a copy of the book “Websites for Dummies,” which she appeared to hold briefly.

That last sentence is a nice touch, isn’t it?

Setting aside the rather curious comparison of Obama’s signature socialized medicine bill to one of the more disreputable felt-covered boulevardiers of Sesame Street, Sebelius’ claim that the government doesn’t have “reliable enrollment figures yet” is of course, utter nonsense, as Mark Steyn told Hugh Hewitt yesterday:

The fact that the secretary declares that she doesn’t know how many enrollees there are, she knows, just at the end of the day, whether it’s Amazon knows how many books were bought at Amazon.com yesterday, Wednesday, just as I know at my own more modest operation how many books were sold at www.steynonline.com. Everybody who has a website knows that.

HH: Exactly.

MS: So when they say they don’t have the enrollees, they’re lying to us. They’re still lying.

HH: Here’s the biggest lie of all. Here’s number five, Sebelius yesterday, cut number five.

KS: They indicated to me that we would always have risk, because this system is brand new, and no one has operated a system like this before to any degree. So we always knew that there would be the possibility that some things would go wrong. No one indicated that this could possibly go this wrong.

HH: That is such a lie, Mark Steyn. You’ve been saying it for a decade. I’ve been saying it for as long as you’ve been saying it.

MS: Yeah, I mean, basically what happened is the United States government took over another G-7 economy. It basically took over the entire French economy. It swallowed it whole. So it’s the equivalent of making a website to navigate the entire French economy.

HH: Wow.

MS: That’s the scale of what they did. No one has ever attempted, you can do it if you’re the Bolsheviks in 1917 and you’re taking over a semi-feudal ramshackle country like tsarist Russia.

As the Russians liked to say in the 19th century, if only the tsar knew! Or at least his spokesman. And here’s the current spin from leftwing Time-Warner-CNN-HBO flack turned leftwing Obama flack (but I repeat myself) Jay Carney:

We’re compiling data. You can’t — you need to verify it and make it accurate. Obviously the challenges in doing that have been exacerbated by the difficulties with the website. … I suppose that somebody could provide a rough estimate, but the point is you want to get accurate information when you release it publicly. If the purpose of this line of questioning, which I know is of fierce interest to those who never wanted affordable health insurance available to the American people to begin with, is to demonstrate that those numbers are low, we concede that they will be.

But that photo above is a classic, and the perfect way for this hapless administration to end the week, start the month, and begin the countdown until next year’s midterms.

Tick-tock.

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American multinational companies such as American Express, Visa, etc. can stop my bank card from being used seconds after I report it stolen. They even monitor odd spending behavior just in case, etc. You know it too. When it comes to doing dumb things it takes a village led by a village idiot which is to say the Federal Government. Both parties are equally dumb on a number of issues too. But wait, government is not only inefficient, they are also able to export their inefficiency to the private sector via over-regulation. The problem has gotten so big that only a second American Revolution can fix this. Hopefully it will be a peaceful political revolution I pray. We can skewer Sibelius all we want but hey! many voted the government that put her there. She was an unfaithful Catholic to start with. Now tell me, if one cannot be faithful in the most essential belief held close to the soul... how that same person can be faithful to those who are merely her countrymen? Recognize it, we have hit bottom and the only way up is to become a Christian nation again.
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my buddy's step-mother makes $76 hourly on the laptop. She has been without work for nine months but last month her pay was $16208 just working on the laptop for a few hours. check here___>>>> www.bay89.com
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my best friend's aunt makes $77 hourly on the internet. She has been without work for eight months but last month her check was $15175 just working on the internet for a few hours. ....>>>>>>>> http://xurl.es/g7gox
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my neighbor's half-sister makes $87/hour on the internet. She has been out of a job for five months but last month her pay was $12080 just working on the internet for a few hours. pop over to these guys======================= www.fb29.com
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Hey folks.....cast this tacky "humor" aside, this Obamacare fiasco is a National tragedy with far-reaching, uncounted and very human, living, breathing victims.

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You make a good point that the real fall guy here should not be just Sibelius, but every dem politician that voted for this POS law.
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Greetings:

Hopefully there’s a chapter in it about when and how to write your resignation letter. After all, Secretary Sebelius has admitted that she is both “responsible” and ” accountable” whatever those words now mean in President Obama’s seraglio.
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Sebelius said “There is nobody more frustrated with the website than I am”. I thought Obama was more frustrated than anyone else all the time, every time. Is it even legal for her to utter that phrase. I know a fouled up website is not grounds for termination but that should be.
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A fouled up website is grounds for termination when you spent 600M and 3 yrs trying to do it, and assured everybody 1 day before it went live that it would work great. No corporate VP supervising a similar disaster project would still have his job, unless he was a gov contractor.
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Each and every day, Amazon, Walmart, and a million other PRIVATE sector companies know to the dollar how much they took in, how much went out, their inventory down to the item, the number of transactions performed, the number of customers served.

My electric company downloads my hourly electric usage from my meter once a day (at midnight) and has it available in a few hours in nice, numeric and graphic form for me to download as an Excel spreadsheet from their WEBSITE.

But then, even as a monopoly utility, they're trying to make money, rather than parasite it.
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Not to worry Kathleen - in a few weeks or months everyone will have forgotten your personal failures as they turn their attentions to the congressional democrats and Zero for dumping this turd into our laps.


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Does the "Peter Principal" apply to women? Cause Kathy Sebelius is the living, breathing embodiment of the "PP". Everyone is clamoring for her to be fired; not me, I want her to continue to put her incompetence on full display. She claims the ACA website will be fixed by November 30th. Wanna bet???
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The Peter Principle is non-specific as to sex of the promoted.

As for the healthcare.gov website its quickly becoming a disgronifier - something that many of the functions of the federal government has been for a very long time. See EPA or Dept. of Ed. for further reference.


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Actually, it's NOT gender neutral. The female version is the "Hillary Principle".
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She wouldn't have understood the book anyway.
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