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October 25, 2013 - 1:03 pm

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Texas today. She visited something called CommUnityCare in Austin.

One should not be surprised that CommUnityCare leans heavily on government programs including Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and presumably Obamacare for its business.

Why was she in Texas? That’s an interesting question. Her Obamacare implementation is burning down around her ears, its five-alarm conflagration threatening to burn up the entire health insurance industry along with it, but evidently the “tech surge” needed to fix it does not need the head of the agency that’s in charge of the surging. The mismanager doesn’t need to stick around in Washington to see to it that her mismanagement gets fixed. Republican calls to fire her might be missing the point: It’s evident that Kathleen Sebelius is really Secretary Superfluous. What does she actually bring to the table, beyond loyalty to “progressivism” and Barack Obama?

Put another way: What corporate CEO whose company is in meltdown makes it their business to be 1500 miles away while teams of managers are brought in to fix the problem? None, at least none who intend to show that they know what they’re doing and want to keep their job. Such a CEO would either be at their post coordinating the fix, or they would be alone somewhere brushing up their resume.

In Sebelius’ case, her flight to a red state is about avoiding having to testify on her own mismanagement for a few more days.

So Sebelius shows up in Texas and then blames local officials for her own agency’s mismanagement, never acknowledging the solid fact that Obamacare as written allowed states to opt in or out of setting up exchanges. States like Texas are acting according to the law, while Sebelius allowed waivers that are not allowed by the law. Then she has the gall to lecture Texas about Obamacare.

We didn’t vote for that law here. We don’t want it. We elected people who share that view. We elected officials who fought it, and who continue to fight it. That’s our right. That’s how America works.

Sebelius, again at the time 1500 miles from the teams of people working hard to clean up her own agency’s mess, said this:

“It’s unfortunate that it is still being conducted as a political campaign and not as the law,” she said in an interview with the Tribune. “This is no longer a political debate; it’s the law of the land.”

Shut up, she explained.

Her own administration has tried to change settled law on energy policy by granting the EPA vast powers statutes do not grant it, it has used the National Labor Relations Board to re-shape labor outside the law and resurrect the dying Big Labor movement, and her administration has tried to unsettle the very settled Second Amendment law for years. But we are not to criticize a law that, in Texas, a majority never supported, and many here warned was a terrible idea, and is proving to be a disaster under her watch. Who is Kathleen Sebelius, a woman so skilled that she’s flown 1500 miles from her own office while her agency is in meltdown, to lecture anyone about anything, at all, ever? The name “Sebelius” may soon become synonymous with “stupidity” and “incompetence.”

The fact that no one laughed her out of the room reveals why she chose Austin for her visit. It’s one of the few pro-fascist enclaves in the state, where the majority enjoys a good hearty talking-down-to by Washington mandarins. The rest of the state would dismiss Her Incompetence with less than a shrug.

More: Firing Sebelius would be a kindness at this point.

With the supposedly state-of-the-art $600 million HealthCare.gov portal malfunctioning, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to go ahead and try to get health coverage by mailing in a paper application, calling the helpline or seeking help from one of the trained “assisters.”

But the truth is those applications — on paper or by phone — have to get entered into the same lousy website that is causing the problems in the first place. And the people processing the paper and calls don’t have any cyber secret passage to duck around that. They too have to deal with all the frustrations of HealthCare.gov — full-time.

“I feel like we’re sort of back in the era of control-alt-delete where we’re trying to figure out the different tricks that facilitate people’s enrollment,” said Jennifer Ng’andu, director of health policy for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group that has been helping to publicize the Affordable Care Act.

Wait until people find out all the problems with those “assisters”…

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Why all the angst/anger from the Right against Sibelius. What! We're upset that she allowed this disaster to be launched, thereby proving what a disaster it is? I'm only an old f-rt Conservative but I believe letting people hang themselves is a much superior tactic than a lynch mob.
BTW, since I hold no hope for this Nation's future, I'm sucking up every $ I can get from SS & Medicare. The putz's that voted in this gang can go suck eggs!
1 year ago
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Texans are generally too polite to throw things at her. We know we'll shirk the thing off if it gets too onerous.

On the other hand, What CEO spends $600M on a web effort?

What CEO doesn't build back end processes that are different than the customer facing process? You know, not everyone wants to sign up on a computer. The circle jerk of having the web app tell you to call, and the agent you called tell you to go to the web is appalling.

Why didn't they load test? why didn't they start with the whole ruleset?

These are rhetorical questions. We know why. Because somehow they reasoned that it would be death of a thousand cuts as each little nuance of the law was uncovered. Now, however, it's an atom bomb.

Honestly the lack of accountability in this administration is sad and disturbing. Then again, let her stay. What the hell. It'll only get worse.

Wait until it works....
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Obamacare has been a complete success so far.
Designing and building the website moved a lot of money from US taxpayers to Obama's cronies.
Fixing it will move more. Success Twice!
Was it supposed to do something else?
As Hillary might put it, "What difference does it make?"
1 year ago
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While Sibelius should be involved in the work it's obvious that she's totally incompetent tech-wise.
1 year ago
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another person in B.O.s administration showing the Peter Principle fully at work and how affirmative action hires are wrong.

You don't see any college team do affirmative action hires, they look for the best and the brightest from the beginning, not after they have screwed the pooch and destroyed the system
1 year ago
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"What does she actually bring to the table, beyond loyalty to “progressivism” and Barack Obama?"

Same question for every Obama appointee. Also same answer: "nothing"
1 year ago
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I thought she brought another affirmative action loser, who is so badly handling situations that B.O. might on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being worst, actually find himself rising to a 95 or 94 by comparison.
1 year ago
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Even Russia's collective farms had "glitches"! They just needed to send an A team to fix them!
1 year ago
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The top three clowns in the administration kept it to themselves that an efficient, timely rollout of this garbage was never in the blueprint.

It was designed to fail. Intentionally.

The fewer people who knew, the better because that adds to the pseudo indignance of the whole thing. The ones who figured it out (on the communists' side) and didn't say anything, were team-players and also wanted it to fail.

Republicans who want single payer who figured it out also remained silent. Johnny McCain, are you listening?

A statist is a statist is a statist.

They---want----control. Of everything and everyone. Specifically, they recognize that by commandeering our healthcare system under several different auspices and assumptions of "making life better" for Americans (though it's nothing of the kind) is a surefire way to gain control of even more money than they already do.

Obama knows that there are several willing operatives on both sides of the aisle who have their own agendas but theirs fit with his because they are mutually inclusive in their destruction of our system. Collective hive behavior dominates the thinking in DC.

What the statists fail to recognize in president Ears is that he's just happy to see it implode. HE DOESN'T CARE if it it works or not. He is simply aware of the thousands of pages of legislation that is not only impossible to enforce, but impossible to understand. He doesn't have to understand any of it because in 2014, he's off the radar and will further his destruction of the nation in less direct ways.

He's literally doing a "bang-up" job by intentionally making the simnple complex, or allowing same and then sitting back and getting his nut off by watching the pundits and the supporters and critics fight it out while it implodes.

The implosion is the goal. The theatrics about it all is just icing on the cake for him.

Think about it: Community "organizer". Not only is that some kind of BS "title", it's not even worthy of any gravity other than to recognize that his particular "talent" is to destroy, tick people off, make them act irrationally by aggravating them and yet, supposed intellectuals, academics, elitists, etc are all clamoring, not only to make him look good and hide the damage but to create from whole cloth why this law is supposed to be good when everyone in the nation knows it's garbage.

Perhaps it's nothing less puerile than the national socialists want it because it pisses off the conservatives so very much.

Nothing more than simple spite. But the statists who see profit in it want it just as badly for that reason; To get their fingers on more money.

It's been over-thought and over-analyzed. it won't go away because statists won't let it. No pragmatic arguments will change their mind. They are Romans who see a way to get more gold from the people; Doesn't matter how right or wrong it is.

Never look for morality from a politician because the politician is looking for your wallet.
1 year ago
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Sebelius speaks with Obama's arrogance and impudent disdain for dissent.

There seems to be a deal between them, he will not scapegoat and fire her in exchange for her silence on the White House interference on political grounds which made a timely launch impossible. She doesn't look like someone worried about her job. Who could be so downright defiant with their main project of the last four years crashing down around them?

No one gets fired by Obama for incompetence, malfeasance, or corruption. Only serious charges like talking on the phone to a conservative when your job is talking to people on the phone or anonymously criticizing Valerie Jarrett (not even about her own corruption) can get you fired in this Administration.
1 year ago
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and don't you love her comment that she doesn't work for the people,
1 year ago
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Why all the angst/anger from the Right against Sibelius. What! We're upset that she allowed this disaster to be launched, thereby proving what a disaster it is? I'm only an old f-rt Conservative but I believe letting people hang themselves is a much superior tactic than a lynch mob.
BTW, since I hold no hope for this Nation's future, I'm sucking up every $ I can get from SS & Medicare. The putz's that voted in this gang can go suck eggs!
1 year ago
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MykD and I hope in your posts responding to liberals you tell them to keep quiet and keep working so you can enjoy, and leave them with nothing but debt.

I am in the same situation. Love posting to libs to keep working hard, and paying taxes so I can vacation, and enjoy the fruits of their labors and that they are too dense to even understand.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Texans are generally too polite to throw things at her. We know we'll shirk the thing off if it gets too onerous.

On the other hand, What CEO spends $600M on a web effort?

What CEO doesn't build back end processes that are different than the customer facing process? You know, not everyone wants to sign up on a computer. The circle jerk of having the web app tell you to call, and the agent you called tell you to go to the web is appalling.

Why didn't they load test? why didn't they start with the whole ruleset?

These are rhetorical questions. We know why. Because somehow they reasoned that it would be death of a thousand cuts as each little nuance of the law was uncovered. Now, however, it's an atom bomb.

Honestly the lack of accountability in this administration is sad and disturbing. Then again, let her stay. What the hell. It'll only get worse.

Wait until it works....
1 year ago
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If K.S was Ann Coulter there would have been girlie boys trying to throw things at her.

You are right, conservatives are too well mannered, and put up with this BS for too long. Time to be a lot more aggressive.
1 year ago
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To the people administering the thing, the more expensive everything costs, the better because breaking the monetary system here and flushing the nation's money is a means to an end. The statists know they will never do without. The USSR taught them that. The private sector is what they mean to destroy and by draining the money supply and printing as much funny money as possible is a lesson not lost on them. They have a willing mental case name of Bernanke to help them with that.

Destruction of a nation is the order of the day. When seen through that lens, all answers become clear.

They don't want you or me or anyone doing anything without their say-so and under their watchful eye. All so they can sit at the top and control the money, the wealth and actually be the type of controllers as depicted in 1960's TV shows. For they believe they are actually good and can do it right as compared to every other (bad word) who's ever run a nation into total ruin.

It's such a pervasive line-of-thinking that even they cannot realize that they are destroying the nation they think they are "saving".

Taking people with supposedly high IQ's and putting them in charge is never a good idea unless they have tilled the soil, turned a wrench or built a house at some point in time. Understanding of the complexities of life is jut as essential as understanding the complexities of academia. In fact, more so.
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" The statists know they will never do without. The USSR taught them that."

Yes, but they missed parts of that lesson. The gulags, the mass executions of those that didn't quite agree with the one in Supreme Command or even those that did but were deemed a threat to the One in power. No one was safe in the good old USSR.
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