Well, surprise, surprise, surprise (to quote an old TV show):
Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius appeared flummoxed by questioning from Sen. Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) at a hearing on the new health care law Wednesday.
Johnson challenged Sebelius over a number of the Obama administration’s claims about the new health care law, namely that it will reduce the deficit and allow individuals to keep their current healthcare plans.
On several occasions, Sebelius professed to have “no idea” what Johnson was talking about.
I’m sure you believe that she has no clue about things like deficit reduction:
JOHNSON: Right. So, the original estimate for deficit reduction–
SEBELIUS: I’m assuming–
JOHNSON: The original estimate for deficit reduction in the first 10 years was $143 billion, correct?
JOHNSON: So now we, we’ve reduced that $143 billion by $86 billion – by not getting revenue from the CLASS Act – and now $111 billion because we’ve increased the mandatory costs of the exchanges, correct?
SEBELIUS: I’m assuming the numbers are correct. I’m sorry I don’t have them.
And she doesn’t know what Obama promised:
[JOHNSON:] It’s also true, that President Obama very famously said, ‘if you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.’ Period. ‘If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.’ Period. No one will take it away, no matter what. Now, we’ve granted quite a few waivers – about 1,200 to 1,700 waivers – on about 4 million Americans, correct?
SEBELIUS: I’ve no idea what waivers you’re talking about or–
And she doesn’t even know about the waivers her own department is issuing!
JOHNSON: Well, those are waivers–
SEBELIUS: On doctors and health plans, is that…I–
JOHNSON: Just waivers from having to implement portions of the healthcare law that probably would have allowed those – or forced those workers – off their employer-sponsored care.
SEBELIUS: Again, I’d be happy to answer these questions, but I have no idea what waivers you’re talking about–
Well, Nancy Pelosi did tell us we had to pass the bill to see what’s in it, so maybe Sebelius hasn’t gotten the word that the bill has been passed yet, so she still doesn’t know what’s in it. That would be in character, if she really has no idea what Rep. Johnson was talking about.
If, on the other hand, she was trying to pull the wool over our eyes, it’s one of the worst attempts I’ve ever seen in my years following politics, and that includes a lot of really sad attempts by lefty trolls online. Not to mention that a pathetic try at deception doesn’t really indicate a higher level of intelligence than her repeated “I have no idea” statements do.