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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!
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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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my classmate's step-aunt makes $68 an hour on the laptop. She has been fired for 5 months but last month her income was $21037 just working on the laptop for a few hours. ........>>>>> www.jobs60.ℂom
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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?"
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While Sibelius should be involved in the work it's obvious that she's totally incompetent tech-wise.
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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
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How do you get one of these paper applications without visiting the ObamaCare website ?

I've been looking for ways that a private citizen can throw a wrench in the works ever since the law was passed so that we can see what's in it. If everyone who hated this law were to mail in half a dozen bogus applications a week, things could get bogged down very quickly.

Just make sure you're wearing medical gloves when handling the paper work to avoid leaving prints and DNA and drop it all at a Post Office from a different Zip Code.
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