This is Why Kathleen Sebelius’ Abrupt Resignation is a Brilliant Move by the Obama Administration

president-obama-kathleen-sebeliusI’ll admit when I first heard the news that Kathleen Sebelius was resigning, I was disappointed.  The first thought that went through my mind was, “Great, now Republicans can use this to ratchet up their propaganda.”  But I reminded myself that knee-jerk reactions are usually wrong, and I thought about it a little more.

Then suddenly I saw the brilliance of it.

By her resigning now (and trust me, the Obama administration knew about this well before it became public) Republicans just lost a “face” to plaster on their campaign ads attacking “Obamacare” for this year’s elections.  Because let’s face it, she was the face of the disastrous rollout of the marketplace website.

But she took the blows, stuck in there, and remained in her position as the website was fixed and “Obamacare” enrollment hit its goal of over 7 million signed up at the end of March.

Still, she remained a liability.  Before the website’s embarrassing issues, I’d guess that hardly anyone had any idea who this woman was.  Fast forward to present day and millions of people recognize who she is at least by name.  Fair or unfair, she became the first person (aside from President Obama) that sprang to most people’s minds when they thought of the disastrous marketplace rollout.

She was also someone Republicans had fully planned to use against Democrats during the midterm elections this November.  They undoubtedly planned to use many clips from her testimony about the issues the website initially experienced, and interviews she gave, in campaign ads to show the “horrors” of the Affordable Care Act.

And they still can – but now they’ll just look desperate and foolish if they do.

What good will campaign ads do them six months from now slamming a woman who had long since resigned?  In politics, six months is an eternity.  Come September and October, Kathleen Sebelius will have been out of the news for nearly a year and she will have been gone from her position as the face of “Obamacare issues” for months.

In one move, Republicans lost one of their safest strategies heading into the midterms this fall – using Kathleen Sebelius against Democrats.  Sure, they’ll try to spin her resignation as a sign of the law’s overall “failure,” but that just won’t sell 6 months from now.

So while some liberals are cringing at this news, I really don’t believe that they should be.  While on the surface it seems like something Republicans will be able to pounce on, and they will in the short-term, her resignation just removed a huge “chip” Republicans had planned to use against Democrats this November.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • WoobieTuesday

    Thank you, Allen, for this piece. I was excited about Secretary Sebelius passing the torch after what was ultimately a successful endeavor, but for different reasons. You bring up a really excellent point! Fantastic.

    • Bine646

      Successful endeavor- hahaha whatttt? Whats your definition of success?

      • LEK56

        7.5 million new people with affordable healthcare. Pretty good considering all the assholes trying to deny that care.

      • Bine646

        Oh you believed the government huh- well independent studies like the RAND are showing numbers in the 3.9mill range. Also the young healthy youth required to keep premiums from skyrocketing did not enroll.

        Website cost over 1.3 billion- 4x over budget. Millions lost coverage and are now paying higher premiums. Those who have enrolled have already shown an increase for speciality meds- you think those are cheap? And we have just started with the individual mandates- business has had theirs postponed- wonder why.

      • gmartini

        Did you read the part about RAND admitting that its figures have limitations? Did you read the part about MORE people getting health insurance through their employer? Did you read the study at all?

      • Bine646

        Yup I did, also know the govt has many limitations in its data gathering. Also know the HHS system still cannot determine if premium payment has even been made- makes their numbers interesting doesnt it.

        Express Scripts study has numbers even lower than the RAND but that doesnt matter- jay carney told us it was a success- even tho 35% of americans actually believe it

      • curryeckelhoff

        The insurance company you choose bills you–so this info is not something the HHS would have. Also the insurance companies have such a huge surge of new customers they are behind on their billing. My son had to call them 3X asking for a bill as he was afraid to not pay on the first. They told him they are behind. Express Scripts is for prescriptions, not insurance per se. So why do their figures count? There are other companies like EWxpress Scripts..

      • bayhuntr

        They expect and always have expected 85% to 95% to pay for the plans. This is a routine for any business estimate. Fox was just mad they made their numbers so they came up with this new complaint to play you with.

      • Bine646

        hahaha another fox news comment- classsssic

      • bayhuntr

        That’s why they call them “Classics”

      • glblank

        Catch up boy that was back in February.

      • gmartini

        Boy? I’m a woman.
        Actually—I’ll edit the name I called you in hopes that you replied to the wrong person.

      • bayhuntr

        Thanks qmartini. Media Matters went overt all the RAND numbers today on their show. Fox News did their usual game of playing with the numbers to fool their viewers.

      • surfjac

        You don’t believe us nor do you believe the gov’t.
        The rand has limits so please do your own survey and get back to us when you are ready to publish.
        Now, go, get busy!

      • Bine646

        I believe what I see and experience. But keep refuting the obvious- you are with the small small minority who thinks its a success- something like 30% of the population

      • surfjac

        So you actually saw those 3 million people sign up?
        You experienced signing up 3 million people? I highly doubt that. Without actually seeing or experiencing it how do you know what you know? Oh yeah, you read it from a partisan think tank’s web site…or, pulled it out of your ass.
        WaPo:More than 7 million have enrolled under Affordable Care Act
        CNN:Obamacare hits enrollment goal with 7.1 million sign-ups
        CBS: 7.1 million signed up
        USA Today: 7.1 Million

        Odd that you would still hear those lies from the right wing but then again, NO, it isn’t.

      • Bine646

        Those news outlets you reported as “sources” get their info from independent agencies like RAND. Heres what RAND says on those numbers. Please refute- ill wait

        Another 8.2 million more people enrolled in employer-provided health care, as 7.1 million left the “other” category and another 1.6 million left the individual insurance markets. Only 3.9 million actually enrolled in insurance plans through state or federal exchanges – not 7.1 million as claimed by Obama. That number falls far short of even the lowered expectations issued by HHS and the White House earlier this year.

      • surfjac

        45000 people were dying every year from lack of health insurance. More went bankrupt. Normally I care, with regard to you….keep swimming against the tide, you’ll soon tire and pass on to the great beyond of obscurity.

      • Bine646

        “The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about
        2.5 million in 2024. Although CBO projects that total employment (and compensation) will increase over the coming decade, that increase will be smaller than it would have been in the absence of the ACA. The decline in full- time-equivalent employment stemming from the ACA will consist of some people not being employed at all and other people working fewer hours” cbodotgov

        Food stamp recipients: +46%. Debt held by public: +100%. Federal Debt: +65% Real weekly earnings: 0.2% Obamas numbers factcheckdotgov

        Overall, median household net worth decreased by $12,993, or 16 percent, between 2000 and 2011.

        So we see an increase in debt held by the public, increase in federal debt, added expenditures with mandated healthcare to the already decreasing househeld worth. Real earnings are 0.2% while corporations are in the 100%s. This country is about to tighten up.

        How many are going to go bankrupt from this new mandate and the high deductibles associated with some of the plans? Those deductibles are as high as 10-15k. You think a family whose real earnings have increased 0.2% are going to beable to afford these new expenditures? Get realllllllll.

        This new law is going to cost 1 trillion to the tax payers and the CBO report outlines the cost increase between 2016-2022. Not to mention the budget deficit which will increase between those years- this country is about to feeeel the pain and there is no doctor who can fix that.

        Ohh and for those with new medicaid insurance there is this: “Come January doctors will see, on average, a 24 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement levels. And here comes the double whammy: Medicaid reimbursements will face the same 24 percent cut.

        Medicaid pays doctors about 59 percent of what Medicare pays them—which is why doctors increasingly refuse to take new Medicaid patients.”

      • Bine646

        Now you are talking about the CBO? What did they just release on the ACA haha. Go read that report and the way the whitehouse tried to spin in

      • Bine646

        That CBO report says it will cost 8% less than expected haha wowwwwwwwww u changed my mind pfffff, instead of 1.2 trillion its only a trillion. Thats cool we are only 500billion off on our budget too

      • Bine646

        Just switched insurance- called my physician to get in for a check up. They have the first opening in mid august. How easy do you think its gonna be for medicaid patients to get a visit or even find a doctor for that matter. Keep acting like 1 trillon instead of 1.2 trillion is a good thing- wat a joke

      • Bine646

        “The CBO projects the price of annual premiums to rise slightly from an average of $3,800 this year for the second-lowest silver plan to $3,900 in 2015 and $4,400 in 2016. The agency expects premiums to keep rising, reaching $6,900 in 2024, for an average annual increase of 6 percent from 2016 to 2024.”

        So the government comes in (tax payers) with a bill thats 8% less- yet the tax payers will see their premiums rise 6% each year from 2016-2024 hahaha wowwwwww what a good deal.

        Add that to the CBO report which says over the next decade 2 million workers will lose their incentive to work- looks like things just got even more expensive for the middle class.

        Taxes taxes taxes.
        The CBO said lower spending on the health care law is helping shrink deficits overall. The report projected that federal government will run a deficit of $492 billion in 2014—nearly 33 percent less than last year. Even so, budget deficits are projected to rise again starting in 2016 and to top $1 trillion annually by 2023.

      • 16 TONS

        your number is WAY TOO HIGH to be anything but a FOX NEWS number – no doubt, it was expensive but the real number didn’t come close to a billion

      • Bine646

        Then why did the administration release the 1.3 number? Just for giggles?

      • 16 TONS

        just read the entire article before commenting on your facts – that was one estimate of the cost for ACA “over the next decade” .

        Still cheaper than a couple of recent wars and probably will kill far less too.

      • Alex Gregory Rincon

        all numbers are skewed and biased. so your “3.9 mil” is probably misleading as well.

        I love how right-wingers try to turn the ACA into a bad thing. trying to act like their shit doesn’t stink. I don’t recall any right-wingers proposing anything better.

      • Bine646

        Didnt Romney implement universal healthcare in Mass? Oh yeah thats right he did, what were you saying about not proposing anything better?

      • Eddie Krebbs

        And yet Romney (starting with prez candidate Romney) and the other repubs fought tooth-and-nail against a similar implementation for the nation.

        Plus an argument can easily be made that the House (and fellow conservatives, in general trying to fulfill Boehner’s promises of making Obama fail and in specific in trying to do away with the ACA) put so many obstacles in the way of implementation that the problem with the rollout can be traced to them and that the enrollment numbers very well might even have been higher without the obstacles. A firm example of the later are the states which refused Medicaid expansion.

      • Lucimorland

        Romney instituted Obamacare before it was called Obamacare. Romney then ran against a plan that was the same as the one he signed as governor.

        Republicans have nothing to offer, nothing to say, and are pretty bad at this whole “lying” strategy they’re using. Move along.

      • Bine646

        Lying huh? Were they lying when they said the rollout was not ready and would be a disaster? Hahaha exactlyyyy

      • bayhuntr

        They said the roll out would be a disaster and would never work, not because of technical issues, but because Obama care wouldn’t work. They said they wold be lucky to get 3 million to sign up. Now you are just making stuff up .

      • Bine646

        And he couldnt- RAND shows just over 3 million actually gained insurance thru Obamacare. I believe it was Boehner who repeatedly asked for a delay- like was given to big business

      • bayhuntr

        That is not what RAND said. Your making stuff up again.

      • Dave

        How is that mountain of bullshit in your front yard. Oh yeah, you live with daddy.

      • Bine646

        I do? Ill give you my address, ill be skiing today at A Basin but Ill be back in Denver around 7pm- wanna swing by?

      • Dave

        So of all the people who busted your chops you decide to call ME out. I’d love to go to Denver to pick up some legal weed but I got things to do. It’s called a life. You should try it some time.

      • Bine646

        Got a life, its prettttty sweet. Dont be upset pal

      • bayhuntr

        Your numbers are from Fox News and a clever game of plying with numbers.
        As far as expensive medication… Are you talking about Medicare Part D, the Bush and Paul Ryan $7 to $17 trillion unfunded drug plan that made the government pay retail for all its drugs guaranteeing cost would shoot up? …and the deficit shoot up too?
        Oh, and all those who lost their private plans and now are paying higher cost, where is your proof?
        Oh, healthcare cost went up nearly 100% between 2000 and 2006, Were you just fine with that? And why? In the last two years cost have gone up slower than they have in decades, you think that is a bad thing?
        Maybe you need to stop watching Fox propaganda.

      • Bine646

        What is it with you people and your infatuation with Fox news?

      • bayhuntr

        What is it with you people and Fox News?

      • Bine646

        is this a fox news site? didnt think so, whats your next childish remark?

      • bayhuntr

        What is wrong with children? I’m playing with a troll right now, they are like children, creepy children, but children. Here is ti again…

        As far as expensive medication… Are you talking about Medicare Part D, the Bush and Paul Ryan $7 to $17 trillion unfunded drug plan that made the government pay retail for all its drugs guaranteeing cost would shoot up? …and the deficit shoot up too?
        Oh, and all those who lost their private plans and now are paying higher cost, where is your proof?
        Oh, healthcare cost went up nearly 100% between 2000 and 2006, Were you just fine with that? And why? In the last two years cost have gone up slower than they have in decades, you think that is a bad thing?

      • Bine646

        Children repeat themselves- just like you diddd.

        Did I say all who lost their plans are paying more- I said my dad is and thousands of others.

        The enrollment in medicaid is significant compared to those enrolled in private insurance- pretty much offsets it, and this was an already broken program. Plus the young healthy individuals needed to keep premiums down did not enroll.
        Show me numbers that healthcare has slowed in the last few years- bc it hasnt.
        Do you know how many Drs are accepting new medicaid patients- nottttt manyyyy.

        Here are some numbers tho- in obamacare exhanges (compared to commercial plans)- prescriptions for HIV meds are 4x higher, anti seizure meds at 23% and other meds at 35% higher. This will lead to an increase cost in these pools.

        Add this to an already fragile economy- why do you think Obama postponed the mandate for big business until 2016?
        Other numbers under Obama- longterm unemployment-up 3,799,000; debt held by public- +100%, total federal debt- +65% (wasnt he gonna cut that), corp profits +184% (wasnt he not for big business?), food stamp recipients- +46%, home ownership -2%. First time in recent history young folks are not buying homes, they are trying to pay off other debts (school) and find jobs- why do you think they are just accepting the penalty and not signing up? Who can really afford those deductibles? Think about it buddy

      • Bine646

        Learn how to post wout getting moderated- not hard boss, ull figure it out eventually kid

      • bayhuntr

        Oh, and what is it with you people and Fox News that makes you ignore facts that show you to be an idiot? Let me try again…

        As far as expensive medication… Are you talking about Medicare Part D, the Bush and Paul Ryan $7 to $17 trillion unfunded drug plan that made the government pay retail for all its drugs guaranteeing cost would shoot up? …and the deficit shoot up too?
        Oh, and all those who lost their private plans and now are paying higher cost, where is your proof?
        Oh, healthcare cost went up nearly 100% between 2000 and 2006, Were you just fine with that? And why? In the last two years cost have gone up slower than they have in decades, you think that is a bad thing?

      • Eddie Krebbs

        Don’t forget with Medicaid expansion her legacy is more like 10 million insured.

        And the effects go out beyond the uninsured. As a negative example, here in rural MO (which bitterly fought ACA as well as refused even Medicaid expansion), many rural hospitals are shutting down as they can’t make it with the uninsured population. Ditto for many docs leaving these areas to go to the cities.

      • Margaret Mills

        Makes me glad I live in Springfield.

      • Travis Hamilton

        I was never more happy than the day I left Springfield, MO and moved back to Houston, TX. 18 months in that dump was enough to seriously consider suicide as a viable option.

      • Lucimorland

        How bad is life in MO that Texas is considered an upgrade? Jeesh.

      • 1) Kids on their parent’s policies
        2) Pre-existing conditions
        3) No upper bound on payouts
        4) Rebate Checks
        New people signing up on a website and no longer using Emergency Rooms is just an added benefit,.

      • Bine646

        Could of extended parents policies w out this overhaul.
        preexisting conditions is good- my new insurance will start to cover mine after a year, until then out of pocket. Rebate checks? Doubt those outweigh the cancelled policies. The who are self employed are not receiving rebates, they are receiving higher bills.
        Websites a disaster, so please.

        Guess your part of the small minority who cannot admit this was a failure

      • bsmountainbroughtdown

        troll troll troll, don;t even answer him, he is a paid troll !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Bine646

        Paid by who? Clifton hasnt sent me a check.

        You do know the majority of America agrees with me right?

      • Alex Gregory Rincon

        You know nobody cares what you have to say on this post right? You didn’t prove any points, or get anyone to change their opinions.

      • Bine646

        A lot of individuals cannot admit they were wrong- too proud I guess.

        Ask yourself this, if the ACA reached 7.1 million enrolled and that was above expectations- why in the world would Sebelius resign?

      • bsmountainbroughtdown

        troll troll troll troll

      • bayhuntr

        Silly man is confused by Cause and effect. You are starting to sound more like a paid troll all the time.

      • Bine646

        as you follow me around to all my posts? who is a troll again?

      • bayhuntr

        Shesh, pretending you don’t know what a troll is to avoid questions.

      • chester bahoots

        No, they do not. While the percentage of people unhappy with the ACA is greater than those content with it, that is only because of those who don’t think it goes far enough and want single payer instead. To consider those folks as agreeing with you is simply being disingenuous, or outright lying.

      • Bine646

        So I am unhappy with ACA and so is the majority of Americans (something like 70%) but saying we agree would be an outright lie? Interesting

      • Brian McNichol

        WE AGREE YOU’RE AN IDIOT!!

      • Bine646

        We agree syracuse chokeddd

      • Brian McNichol

        good comeback douche why don’t you clean up your room put away your toys before your daddy comes home and wash your hands and face for supper

      • Bine646

        You mad bc im in my twenties and make double what you do grandpa? Union Carpenter in upstate Ny- especially in dying Syracuse- ouchhhhhhhhh, no wonder you vote democrat, you need the handouts to survive

      • bsmountainbroughtdown

        troll troll troll

      • Bine646

        yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

      • bsmountainbroughtdown

        Um it’s Clinton, not Clifton idiot.

      • Bine646

        Allen Clinton wrote this article? Your not very bright huh, it says Allen Clifton at the top, try n keep up buddy

      • Dave

        I bet Hitler sent you a check.

      • Bine646

        Well Hitler has been dead for decades there Dave- try again?

      • ChicagoDave

        You are inCREDIBLY wrong on all of these points. And, for the record, I’m self-employed (real estate) and my new policy with Blue Cross is MUCH better than the one I had before, and at $200 less per month! You have no idea what you’re talking about. And I would also say this. You and your conservative ilk have tried to railroad this program for years – you’ve lied about it (death panels, really?) and put idiots up in front of cameras complaining about having to change policies when it was then proven the only insurance they had before was useless. Betty in Oregon, I think she was. Trying to scare seniors. Telling young people not to sign up. You did EVERYTHING you could to derail it, and to stop it, and to prevent from being employed in individual states. And its STILL getting millions of people to sign up. You and your kind are the worst kind of losers – you’re hypocritical liars. You can’t jump on a runner’s back, and try to trip him, and hit him in the head, and haul him to the ground, and then complain that he’s not winning the race. Bite me.

      • Bine646

        No idea- my dads self employed, lost his policy and is paying 5k more a year.

      • ChicagoDave

        Give me his age, his state, zipcode, and whether or not he smokes. Oh, if you have his income range, that’d be a help too, to see if he qualifies for a credit. I’ll be back to you. I’m 61, and my insurance for the entire year is considerably less then $5K/year so, I’m sorry but, I don’t believe you. I’ll apologize if I’m wrong.

      • Bine646

        Turned 57 today, lives in Carmel Indiana, works from home as a manufacture representative Makes over 6 figs so he would not be close to qualifying. But yes if it is not happening to you, it cannot be true. Guess you think thousands of others in his position are liars to huh?

        Oh ya, nonsmoker

      • ChicagoDave

        Couldn’t apply as me because I’m not your dad’s age and don’t live in Indiana (I tried, but you can’t just go on and surf under different aliases), but looked it up online through another site quoting rates, and put in the address for the Walmart in Carmel and there are a total of 15 quoted silver and bronze Humana and PHP plans for between $649 and $750/month. Let’s split the difference and say its $700 for coverage. Times 12 its $8400. That means your dad was paying about $300/month ($5000 less). Was ANYTHING covered for that? I’d love to know the coverage. The Bronze plans were much lower and were just over $500/month, or about $6K/year. For no preexisting conditions, really good co-pays, generic, etc., office visits. Lastly, and feel free to take the last word, if you like, 1) you never commented about the totally unfair bullcrap the Reps have pulled over the years in trying to pull this program down, only to fail. Perhaps if they actually tried to support and improve something rather than obstruct everything, you’d see enrollments MUCH higher and a program that worked really well. After all, this is a Republican program – Heritage Foundation, Romneycare, etc. But no, they’d rather complain and bitch instead of finding a way to create a success story for this country. Its more important to them – and you – for Obama to fail than it is for America to succeed. and 2) Like Louisiana and a few others, Indiana, as red a state as there is, chose not to expand federal Medicaid coverage (they have their own) or try to make this work for them. Don’t blame the feds for that. Louisiana is finding out what that means. It means that dollars that should have gone from taxpayers in the state TO other taxpayers in the state, will be going from taxpayers in the state to taxpayers in OTHER states. Enjoy that little benefit of being against anything and everything that comes out of Washington.

      • Bine646

        Didnt Obama say over and over again (to gain votes) that if you liked your insurance you could keep it? Exactlyyyy

      • bayhuntr

        As far as I’m concerned, what I took Obama to mean was the government wouldn’t make you change your plan if you had it before the ACA became law. That is a fact. If your plan was canceled or changed, it was the insurance companies doing it, not the ACA.

      • Bine646

        Well as far as I am concerned you are wrong- thats because my father has had his insurance for years and lost it- get this, because of the new ACA mandates- as stated in the letter from his insurance company. So try to spin it how you want but Obama lied to gain votes

      • bayhuntr

        I’m not spinning anything, just common facts, Obama didn’t make insurance companies cancel anyone if they had it before the law. Your story of your dad, as you tell it, could be made more easily than not, so it has no value at all. Clearly you have motive to lie.

      • Bill

        I am also self employed and don’t make a lot of money, so I qualified for a $400 tax credit. I was insured before, but the premiums alone were about 15% of my annual income. A 70/30% policy with a 10,000 deductible. Now I pay a penny a month (plus $45 for dental) for a policy with half the deductible and less out of pocket expense. I love Obamacare. As for bine’s dad who makes six figures… I’m not going to boohoo about him having to pay more. In any case, the high premiums are not the ACA’s fault. It is the fault of unregulated medical expenses, huge profits in the medical sector (equipment, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, and doctors), and greedy insurance companies.

      • Dave

        They are.

      • theonetruetom

        LOL 6 figures a year and he’s complaining about (at most) 1/20 of his yearly income? For healthcare? Find me a bargain like that for ANYTHING else (car insurance, housing, electricity, internet…). I’m lucky if 1/20 of my income is all I have to put in the gas tank of my car in a year.

      • TeaPartyAssassin

        What is his monthly premium? Before and after?

      • Rolle Diaz

        Tell him to truly shop around. He is getting scammed into thinking he can’t get ins anywhere else.

      • Bine646

        hahahaha oooo ok

      • Brian McNichol

        I call bullshit on that

      • Bine646

        Prove me wrong Brian bc the only bullshit was Obama lying to get votes- if you like your plan you can keep it, right?

      • Dave

        Bine…you’re just a Nazi. That is all you are. Living in a tea party world. Bet you go to all the meetings, demonstrations and parades you can. Bet you are coming home from Nevada. Grow a short mustache and wear a army uniform. Practice saying Heil Hitler in a mirror. There is no way the Nazis are taking over the Senate or winning the presidency. If they do, the exodus from America will be on.

      • Bine646

        Well your not Brian, Dave. And you didnt prove me wrong, sooooo

      • Dave

        What?

      • Bine646

        I believe my response was to Brian but you (dave) piped in from the peanut gallery w nothing more than nazi nonsense. Did nothing to refute my claim that my father lost his insurance bc of ACA n must pay more.

      • bayhuntr

        “Well your not Brian, Dave. And you didnt prove me wrong, soo” And you didn’t prove yourself right.

      • Bine646

        Another one from the peanut gallery- bored?

      • bayhuntr

        Right, you never have answers.

      • bayhuntr

        Unless you voted for him, your statement is really ignorant. He didn’t advertise the reality that insurance companies could do what they want, not to get votes but to get the plan past. Nothing like lying us into war!

      • Bine646

        I even went to his inauguration- you hear Hillary Clintons quote on Iraq? Google it- she was all for the war, you gonna vote for her in the upcoming presidential?

      • bayhuntr

        The beauty of the internet, you can claim anything. You just can’t form a coherent argument without making stuff up.

      • TeaPartyAssassin

        First, every issue you stated about the ACA is a LIE imposed on you the guess who…? I do not know who told you that your pre-existing condition is not covered. That issue was solved as soon as the President signed the ACA into law (it was effective immediately). Once again, millions of people received rebate checks from the insurance companies soon after the ACA became law because the insurance companies had been violating the 80% rule what stated 80% of the funds collected from premiums must be used to cover the insured.

        The web-site did have a clumsy start but it still exceeded its goal by the deadline in spite of its bad start.

        Next, if the government did not overhaul the the rules of how private insurance policies are sold and purchased, do you think that the insurance companies would have done it on their own accord? Now who is it that is being naive?

        As I asked someone else on this thread, I’m going to ask you too: What are you complaining about? That more people actually can now afford health insurance (that they purchased from an _private_ insurance company). That those people will no longer leach off the system by using the ER and driving up everyone elses premiums? What is it that makes you so upset about the ACA? Do you happen to be a CEO of an insurance company and had to reduce your bonus this year from 10M to 9M? WHAT IS IT? WHAT? I do not understand what ANYONE’s problem with this is. Please explain it to me.

      • Bine646

        1) blue cross told me theres a year until my preexisting condition would be covered- ill send you the letter- whats your address?

        2) afford healthcare? Look at the millions who enrolled in medicaid/care- they are paying? Cmonnn man you cannot be this dense

      • TeaPartyAssassin

        TITLE I—IMMEDIATE REFORMS

        SEC. 101. NATIONAL HIGH-RISK POOL PROGRAM.

        (g) COVERED BENEFITS, COST-SHARING, PREMIUMS, AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

        (3) NO PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSION PERIODS.— No preexisting condition exclusion period shall be imposed on coverage under the program.

        And I will ask AGAIN:

        What are you complaining about? That more people actually can now afford health insurance (that they purchased from an _private_ insurance company). That those people will no longer leach off the system by using the ER and driving up everyone elses premiums? What is it that makes you so upset about the ACA? Do you happen to be a CEO of an insurance company and had to reduce your bonus this year from 10M to 9M? WHAT IS IT? WHAT? I do not understand what ANYONE’s problem with this is. PLEASE explain it to me.

      • Bine646

        Who can afford these deductibles? And apparently the numbers enrolled in medicaid couldnt afford insurance thats why they joined medicaid- you arent the brightest huh- they didnt send the elite teapartyassassin i see, just sent an ass.

      • TeaPartyAssassin

        You aren’t making any sense. First preventive medical procedures(routine doctors visits etc…) are FREE! The only time the deductible comes in is if you get hospitalized. I have no idea of what you are talking about when it comes to medicaid…

        “And apparently the numbers enrolled in medicaid couldnt afford insurance thats why they joined medicaid…”

        What does that even mean?

        As for “…you arent the brightest huh- they didnt send the elite teapartyassassin i see, just sent an ass…”

        Name calling and personal insults just dilute your credibility (which you do not have much of to begin with).

        Lastly I am elite enough to stump you with a very simple question. I am now going to ask you again for the third time:

        What are you complaining about? That more people actually can now afford health insurance (that they purchased from an _private_ insurance company). That those people will no longer leach off the system by using the ER and driving up everyone elses premiums? What is it that makes you so upset about the ACA? Do you happen to be a CEO of an insurance company and had to reduce your bonus this year from 10M to 9M? WHAT IS IT? WHAT? I do not understand what ANYONE’s problem with this is. PLEASE explain it to me.

      • Bine646

        First- the deductible i was referring to was the one associated with many insurance plans available on the market. Individuals who can barely afford the monthly are going to struggle with the high deductible.

        Second- ~3 million individuals enrolled in medicaid thru the expansion. That brings the total to 62 million. Medicaid was an already broken system which was in need of repair not expansion. However you keep stating now individuals can now afford health insurance- well yeah because the tax payers are footing the bill.
        “Come January doctors will see, on average, a 24 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement levels. And here comes the double whammy: Medicaid reimbursements will face the same 24 percent cut.

        Medicaid pays doctors about 59 percent of what Medicare pays them—which is why doctors increasingly refuse to take new Medicaid patients.”

        Private insurance pays double what medicare pays if not more.

        The answer always seems to be, raise taxes. Well its going to happen (even though the majority of this country thinks that the federal taxes are too high). Why- well because this program is going to not cost tax payers 1.3 trillion like the idiot republicans said- its only going to cost a trillion haa. Add that to these numbers Obama has put up:

        Food stamp recipients: +46%. Debt held by public: +100%. Federal Debt: +65% Real weekly earnings: 0.2%

        Overall, median household net worth decreased by $12,993, or 16 percent, between 2000 and 2011.

        So we see an increase in debt held by the public, increase in federal debt, added expenditures with mandated healthcare to the already decreasing househeld worth. Real earnings are 0.2% while corporations are in the 100%s. This country is about to tighten up

      • SamuelThomas

        You mean all the < 80IQ morons, the mentally ill, and the homeless will no longer wander into Emergency Rooms all over this country on a daily basis anymore? They will just call and make appointments with their Doctor? You are delusional.

      • TeaPartyAssassin

        That is EXACTLY why conservatives are so dumb. You think that anyone that uses the ER must be “< 80IQ morons, the mentally ill, and the homeless…" The sad fact of the matter is that the vast majority of the people that used the ER for healthcare do so because they COULD not(until now) afford the $1200 a month for a policy or the insurance companies would not insure them one at any price because of "pre-existing" conditions or got their policy canceled because they got sick. They are otherwise functioning contributors to the country including "mentally ill, and the homeless" VETERANS!

        Let me ask you this, what are you complaining about? That more people actually can now afford health insurance (that they purchased from an _private_ insurance company). That those people will no longer leach off the system by using the ER and driving up everyone elses premiums? What is it that makes you so upset about the ACA? Do you happen to be a CEO of an insurance company and had to reduce your bonus this year from 10M to 9M? WHAT IS IT? WHAT? I do not understand what ANYONE's problem with this is. Please explain it to me.

      • Rolle Diaz

        No dipshit, it means that now they will have a chance to get proper treatment for their issues and have the chance to have healthcare that won’t deny then for pre exciting conditions.

      • glblank

        Watching clowns like you clutch at their pearls while the patient(s) have been rewarded. Shouldn’t you be whining about Colbert by now?

      • Bine646

        Love colbert- love clowns like you who cannot come to grips. Cannot admit its a disaster even when the administration does- classssic

      • bsmountainbroughtdown

        paid troll, don’t bother responding. has he come up with one thing in his post that is not a complete Faux news Lie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        don’t waste your time

      • Bine646

        I get paid for having an opinion? One that seems is the opposite of yours? Do you get paid too post?

  • David Markham

    Just wish she’d come back to Kansas now and kick Sam Brownback out of the Gov’s mansion!

  • Eddie Krebbs

    Agree with article. But put emphasis (as I believe you did in an earlier article) not just 7 million under the ACA, but including the provisions for Medicaid expansion, her legacy is more in tune with 10 million people insured.

    • Tennpeach

      Not to also mention those young people under the age of 26 (3 million) that are able to stay on their parents’ insurance plans. I know, my daughter is one of those.

  • rossbro

    I just can not understand the nasty people who keep railing against people gaining health coverage.

    • Phil Keast

      Ahh, but it’s not Health Care they are afraid of, it is universal health care, or worse, letting the “masses” participate in the political debate or process. Because we all know that leads to, horror of horror, socialism, and some people just can’t get past the McCarthy era.

  • Mrs_oatmeal

    We have had Romneycare for quite awhile in Ma. All of the Republican talking points have been proven wrong. It is just because they named it “Obamacare” instead of the ACA. I know of no one who has complained about it. Some of your denying red states are now asking constituents to sign up for it and expanded Medicare to their states can reap the rewards (ie Rick Perry and even Paul Ryan asked for rebates for his constituency). Get over it! It’s law! It’s constitutional! It works! The better plan was blocked by the Republicans, so we will have to work through some of the bugs. Kind of like the Bush rollout of Medicare part D!

  • SamuelThomas

    “Republicans just lost a “face” to plaster on their campaign ads attacking “Obamacare” for this year’s elections.”

    This argument is preposterous. They can just use Obama’s face. The reason she was planned to resign was to confuse and stall the request for concrete enrollee numbers. They know they are bad and they don’t want the true insurance numbers to be made public before the election. Ever heard of Occam’s Razor? Use your sense man.

    • Dave

      Heard of what?

  • DrAWNiloc

    I disagree with the article’s premise. Secretary Sebelius was no longer a lightning rod. Now the confirmation of her replacement will take center stage for as long as the RepTealians can drag it out.

  • MLR

    Why can’t it be that she’s just resigning because she’s tired of putting up with the regressive lunatics otherwise known as republicans? I think that’s the same reason so many moderates have left congress. There’s no way to reason with lunatics and sometimes it’s not worth the aggravation, so she probably stuck around as long as she had to and once the ACA was a success she decided to resign.

  • Lucimorland

    Maybe she just wanted to get the hell out of Washington and it has nothing to do with politics?

  • Craig Campbell

    I’m sad that people think the rollout went bad. I personally think it was a success. A modern day pyramid construction / moon landing / huge technical feat. The sheer logistics of it is insane (i’m a developer myself) training/integrating with insurance companies, training call centers, a huge webapp with backend support to sad ins companies/callcenters. It’s no wonder that commercially as a business no one like google/microsoft have tried it. I think it’s a perfect example of politicians having a dream can make the truly impossible happen.

    • Bine646

      pfffff whatttttttt? you cant be serious? your the everyone gets a trophy for trying type huh?