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Was Sebelius resigning a good move?
April 11th, 2014
04:33 PM ET

Was Sebelius resigning a good move?

Washington (CNN) - Shortly after Kathleen Sebelius was tapped to carry out President Barack Obama's signature health care reform effort, the head of Health and Human Services found herself in the crosshairs of Republicans determined to repeal the law.

The two-term Kansas governor-turned-Obamacare-chief-defender is resigning as health secretary. She's leaving after a problem-plagued rollout of HealthCare.gov, the federal website portal critical to the law's implementation, but with the administration taking a victory lap after unexpectedly reaching and then exceeding its sign-up target of 7 million. FULL STORY

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  1. Insurance is the PROBLEM

    Insurance is a huge part of the PROBLEM!! Insurance wastes 25% or more of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. Insurance CAN NOT, WILL NOT, and NEVER HAS been able to control health care prices. A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (the REAL problem).

    April 15, 2014 at 10:33 am | Reply
  2. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to CEO at a health insurance company. Now I take over $1,000,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other CEOs, VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easily fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $117,000 level. Now I only pay 1.17% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    April 15, 2014 at 10:11 am | Reply
  3. Iamnotfooled

    Well considering the CBO said 104 Billion will now be saved in the next 10 years because of the ACA, she can resign feeling really good.

    April 15, 2014 at 1:04 am | Reply
  4. charleshurstauthor

    So here we are and Obamacare turned out exactly like us right wing nutcases predicted it would. Let’s summarize the lies and disaster of the rollout.

    People massively lost their insurance. Huge amounts of people in every state were told that they could keep their plan when in fact they couldn’t. And let’s see what the Progressive’s answer to this lie is: “Not uh.” Brilliant Pelosi.

    Premiums have gone up for anyone with a decent job. Huge increases. And forecasted next year to go up even more to pay for the less successful or those who don’t work at all. Pelosi’s answer? “Not uh.”

    How’s that website enrollment? Smooth as the U.S. Post office, Barry? Actually the Post Office is going bankrupt and your enrollment protocols have been a disaster. Your answer? “Not uh.”

    ACA. Completely unable to sustain itself. Youth doesn’t think you’re nearly as cool, Barry, once they realize they have to pay more so someone else pays less. Again let me hear your response?
    “Not uh.”

    ACA may very well end our economy as my fiction predicts if someone doesn’t admit out loud that the emperor has no clothes. Then again, maybe that was Barry’s intent in the beginning.

    Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE

    April 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      statememnt 1: Large numbers of people lost their insurance.

      Fact: Every insurance policy on the individual market is a yearly contract. The rates and coverages are modified eacy year by most plans. You have to go sign up again every year. The fact that people were pointed toward the marketplaces to get their new plan rather then given a higher premium on their existing private plan doesn't really change the fact that this is standard practice.

      Statement 2: "Premiums have gone up for anyone with a decent job".

      Fact: Premiums have gone up every year on average for the last 20 years (at least). the amount they've gone up this year is about the same as they always go up (some studies showed they went up by a smaller amount).

      Statement 3: The website rollout was not smooth.

      Fact. True. Yet still they surpassed the projection for signups through the website (which assumed there would be a smooth rollout). Imagine if the rollout hadn't been a problem how many would have signed up.

      Statement: ACA cant' sustain itself.

      Fact: We don't know yet. You are making projections, but not ones based on actually data from those who have signed up. Right now that's just your opinion.

      Statement: ACA will end our economy?

      Fact: Uh... what? Creating a central subsidy for healtcare insurance and making people buy it will end the economy? Seriously? I don't even know how to begin to refute a statement as unsupported by reality as that. If getting people to buy health insurance causes our economy to collapse then perhaps it deserves to crash and burn... if our economy can't handle that then it sucked to begin with.

      April 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Hector Slagg

        Fact. the ACA can't sustain it's self. Proven fact. We have a nearly 18 Trillion dollar federal debt. Most likely fact. The ACA will cause the debt to continue to rise because more people are taking from the system than paying into it.

        April 16, 2014 at 8:44 am |
    • What's your solution Hector

      Please post your solution Hector. It will be funny.

      April 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  5. George

    Now Obozo can put another loser stooge in to foul things up. Good riddance.

    April 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  6. Gunderson

    When you have a midair collision it is not a good day. When you hit an iceberg it is not a good day. When you leave with your tail between your legs it is not a good day.When you figure out which end is up it is a good day.

    April 14, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  7. Chuck

    The Five is a much better format

    April 14, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  8. GOP Prayer - GOPers, Read Together and Out Loud With Me

    The GOP Prayer/Mantra/Solution: Dear God...With your loving kindness, help us to turn all the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, Female, and Gay people into slaves. Then, with your guidance and compassion, we will whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, Male, and Straight. Or until they are dead. God...Grant us the knowledge to then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military during the next "unfunded/off-the-books" war. God...Give us the strength during our speeches to repeatedly yell........TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH!!!..........and........GET RID OF SS AND MEDICARE!!!
    In your name we prey (purposely misspelled, or is it?)........Amen

    April 14, 2014 at 11:57 am | Reply
  9. kurt

    All the "good move" stuff is odd.

    If she was sick of dealing with the job, this was a very good point for her to get off. Numbers hit the targets, she can walk away and let someone else have the headache.

    Was it good for the white house? Probably not. Their best case is for people to stop talking about Obamacare and let people start to evaluate the insurance itself, rather then talk about the politics of it. The more of that going on, the better for the democrats. The white house probably would have preferred status quo for a few more months before she left.

    April 14, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply
  10. jerry

    Good luck Sebelius you will be forever tainted by this health care lie. Now, we can watch the leftist scam the ignorant into thinking they are denied the vote, need a pay raise, and the wealthy are taking them. The same old garbage. The Marxist approach of division and conquer…it works!

    April 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm | Reply
  11. Hector Slagg

    Well,
    E. Plurus Unimum. One of many dominoes to fall. Um, Wow. Wasn't it the people that thought they could take out a mortgage and take forever to pay for it? Now the "Liars, Movers, and Shakers", want to blame the House Builders, Brokers, and Bankers but not the people? Well go tell!

    April 13, 2014 at 11:42 am | Reply
    • You Voted For Palin Didn't you

      I can tell that you voted for Palin. That say's it all right there.

      April 18, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  12. Iamnotfooled

    Once again the Republicans and Tea Partiers will be proved wrong. She did a fantastic job. Millions now have healthcare and have peace of mind that their families are protected. And millions more will follow. Millions who already have plans that meet the ACA standards now have good benefits. There is no going back.
    △ ▽

    April 13, 2014 at 4:57 am | Reply
  13. gopersareignorant

    Or course it is a good move she got 7 million sign ups after a disastrous start up and the republicans were going to use her in November as an example because of the website. Too bad, the republicans lose on this one. It was an ingeniously calculated move and the republicans have lost.

    April 13, 2014 at 1:46 am | Reply
  14. Chris Asking Questions

    Of course it was good move for her. Once (if) the employer mandate goes into effect and Americans start to realize how costly their Obamacare is/will be, she won't have to answer for it or try to convince the average American that government managed health care is good for you.

    April 12, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  15. cmml

    IT was a good move because now Obama can put all the blame on her going into the November elections

    April 12, 2014 at 8:47 am | Reply
  16. mike

    so critical of everything the president does, but let the repulicans get away with denying us the vote, prosecuting us at sham hearings, drive us into poverty, rob us of our social securityand and retirement funds

    April 12, 2014 at 6:07 am | Reply
  17. Big Daddy Rat

    Sebelius accomplished her goal although not without difficulty but how could it be otherwise with so much money power and influence owned by so few and applied against the healthcare of so many.

    April 11, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  18. Big Daddy Rat

    If the middle class isn't saddled with the bill for the "Great Recession"how are the upper crust-(namely those liars thieves and cheats who caused it)-going to make off with their ill-gotten booty.Thank you Count Chocula.

    April 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm | Reply

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