Tag Archive: Kathleen Sebelius


GOP Rejoices As Sebelius Goes, Says Obamacare Must Follow

 

So Long Sebelius Tweet

 

 

” Republicans and conservatives cheered the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday, but many charge that the best cure for the beleaguered Obamacare program that debuted during her tenure is total repeal.

“vSecretary Sebelius oversaw a disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but anyone can see that there are more problems on the way,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. “The next HHS secretary will inherit a mess: Americans facing rising costs, families losing their doctors, and an economy weighed down by intrusive regulations.

“vNo matter who is in charge of HHS, Obamacare will continue to be a disaster and will continue to hurt hard-working Americans,” Priebus added. “It’s time for President Obama to admit that Democrats’ signature law is a failure and heed Republican calls for patient-centered healthcare reform.”

  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell noted that Sebelius’ departure comes nearly one year after key Obamacare architect and former Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, now U.S. Ambassador to China, described the healthcare law as “a train wreck.” “

 

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Administration Faces Backlash Over New ObamaCare Exemptions

 

 

 

” The Obama administration, in an 11th-hour change, announced significant exemptions for people who recently lost their insurance coverage and are struggling to get a new plan — drawing immediate criticism from the insurance industry and Republican lawmakers. 

  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius confirmed the changes, which include letting those individuals skirt the law’s individual mandate, in a letter to senators. She said she would allow people who got cancellations and could not find affordable new coverage to qualify for a “hardship exemption” in order to avoid a penalty next year for not having insurance. 

  Further, she announced that those individuals will be able to purchase bare-bones plans that until now were available only for people under 30. 

  The move, though, to allow potentially hundreds of thousands of people to sign up for “catastrophic” coverage plans was criticized by the insurance industry as a shift that would cause “tremendous instability.” “

 

Illustration by Gary Varvel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hilarious Gift That Made Kathleen Sebelius Scowl

 

 

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” A Republican State Senator of Tennessee gave Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a “gift” that made her scowl angrily, even though it may just help her out of her website woes.

A copy of “Web Sites for Dummies”! “

 

From SooperMexican Via IJR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judge Jeanine Pirro – Opening Statement – Obamacare Hype – ‘ The Land Of Oz ‘ Lies! – 

Published on Nov 2, 2013

” November 2, 2013 – Judge Jeanine Pirro – Opening Statement – Obamacare Hype – ‘ The Land Of Oz ‘ Lies!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama Admin. Knew Millions Could Not Keep Their Health Insurance

 

 

 

” President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.

Four sources deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act tell NBC NEWS that 50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a “cancellation” letter or the equivalent over the next year because their existing policies don’t meet the standards mandated by the new health care law. One expert predicts that number could reach as high as 80 percent. And all say that many of those forced to buy pricier new policies will experience “sticker shock.”  

None of this should come as a shock to the Obama administration. The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. But the Department of Health and Human Services then wrote regulations that narrowed that provision, by saying that if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch SNL’s Hilarious Spoof Of Kathleen Sebelius Trying To Explain Helathcare.gov

 

 

   This video is absolutely hysterical . If you’ve lost Saturday Night Live , you’ve lost … period . Watch it without anything in your mouth . We are not responsible for ruined keyboards or monitors . ROFLMAO ! 

   Independent Journal Review also brings us this parody from SNL that features Obama “explaining” how the “Affordable” Care Act will work … 

Kathleen Sebelius Brings In The A-Team To Fix Obamacare

 

 

Published on Oct 23, 2013

” OK, so Healthcare.gov is a mess that needs to be fixed.

Don’t worry folks, because Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is bringing in the A-Team.

Literally.

Approx. 15 seconds. Produced by Nick Gillespie and Meredith Bragg.

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Published on Oct 14, 2013

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From The Start, Signs Of Trouble At Health Portal

 

 

” In March, Henry Chao, the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace, told industry executives that he was deeply worried about the Web site’s debut. “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience,” he told them.

Two weeks after the rollout, few would say his hopes were realized.

For the past 12 days, a system costing more than $400 million and billed as a one-stop click-and-go hub for citizens seeking health insurance has thwarted the efforts of millions to simply log in. The growing national outcry has deeply embarrassed the White House, which has refused to say how many people have enrolled through the federal exchange.”

” “These are not glitches,” said an insurance executive who has participated in many conference calls on the federal exchange. Like many people interviewed for this article, the executive spoke on the condition of anonymity, saying he did not wish to alienate the federal officials with whom he works. “The extent of the problems is pretty enormous. At the end of our calls, people say, ‘It’s awful, just awful.‘ ”

Deadline after deadline was missed. The biggest contractor, CGI Federal, was awarded its $94 million contract in December 2011. But the government was so slow in issuing specifications that the firm did not start writing software code until this spring, according to people familiar with the process. “

Who could have seen this coming ? Not the Times , that’s for sure , nor the unions , nor the celebrities .

John Merline Of IBD Reports:

 

 

 

 

” Last week, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer made waves when he opined that the ongoing problems with ObamaCare might be reason to delay the program.

“They had three years to get this ready,” he said. “If they weren’t fully ready, they should accept the advice Republicans are giving them, delay it for a year, get it ready and make sure it works.”

Blitzer later said he was only referring to the ObamaCare exchange website. But as the rollout continues, there’s increasing evidence that an across-the-board delay would make sense — even to supporters of the law.

Enrollment Glitches. The problems marring the first days of the federal ObamaCare exchanges have not abated much over the past two weeks, despite administration promises that they’d quickly be fixed.

People who showed up at a Pittsburgh enrollment rally late last week, for example, couldn’t sign up for coverage on the federal exchange. The New York Times reports that one of its researchers hadn’t been able to log in despite more than 40 tries. A CNN reporter spent nearly two weeks trying to sign up and “failed again, and again and again.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sebelius Visit Fails To Reassure As Healthcare Website Glitches Persist

 

 

 

” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare.

“Believe me, we had some early glitches,” said Sebelius, who was introduced by Rooney, a backer of the law. “But it’s getting better every day.”

At the back of the room, it was a different story. About 20 people armed with laptops and certified by the government to sign up people for coverage were meeting with uninsured people, answering questions and fruitlessly trying to access the website.

LaKesha Lowry, 41, came to the event to find out about her health insurance options. But the North Side resident said she was not able to access the site, even with the help of a certified application counselor.

“It said, ‘Try again later,’ ” Lowry said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 ‘Incompetence Is Larger Than What It Should Be’

 

Published on Oct 7, 2013

” Kathleen Sebelius Jon Stewart Interview – Jon Stewart was really adamant in pressing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about issues he has with the health care bill, from the website bugs to the one-year business delay that individuals didn’t get. He repeatedly pressed that last point and got noticeably frustrated at the lack of a clear response.

Stewart did not receive an answer after asking how many people signed up for the website, before bringing up the “legitimate criticism” about individuals not receiving the one-year delay. Stewart said it looks like “you were favoring small business,” and despite Sebelius attempting to explain that this is only a small percentage of businesses and small businesses have no mandates, Stewart still couldn’t figure the logic out.

When he went to commercial break, Stewart asked, “Can we come back and ask some more questions? Can I ask the same one?”

In the second part of the interview, Stewart kept going, calling the issues with Obamacare “frustrating” due to the “level of incompetence that’s larger than what it should be.” He pointed out that businesses are cutting worker hours to exploit a loophole in the law, but Sebelius said that’s not true. Stewart also wondered if they could actually run it well, pointing out the issues the government has had managing the VA.

And then, very briefly at the end of the show, Stewart expressed his exasperation with the non-answers, and even wondered aloud if Sebelius was lying to him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s $62 billion unconstitutional maneuver

  ” The Obama administration disguised last week’s edict delaying
the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate as administrative
tweaking. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett told reporters
the impact would be miniscule, because 95 percent of employers
subject to the mandate already provide coverage. Don’t be
fooled by that figure. The delay could add over $60 billion to the
cost of Obamacare in 2014 alone, affect 10 million workers, and
double enrollment on the exchanges.

  Few bills debated in Congress affect that many people or cost that much. The delay will cost
more than the annual budget for Medicare Part D prescription drug program . Shockingly, the
administration failed to consult Congress or provide an iota of candor about why the delay was
necessary.”

Posted by John Galt

Judge Saves 10-Year-Old From Kathleen Sebelius – The One-Woman Death Panel

 

 

 

 

” Fortunately, District Court Judge Michael Baylson issued a restraining order prohibiting Sebelius from applying the policy that will block Sarah from getting the lung transplant. CNN reports:

Janet Murnaghan, Sarah’s mother, said the family is “thrilled … literally jumping for joy.”

Now let’s be clear about exactly what happened here. A policy was put in place by the federal government that said certain people would take priority over others for transplants. When a person proved to be in desperate need of such a transplant – a matter of life and death – a cabinet-level government official refused to intervene, citing the rules, citing limits on her own authority and saying it would take too long at any rate to change the policy.

Lungs are available. A 10-year-old girl needs one or she will die. But a government policy says she can’t have one and no one will do anything to set aside or get around the policy so a 10-year-old girl will not die. Or at least no one would until Judge Baylson came along, thank God.

This is the death panel. It is exactly what Palin was talking about. It is not a group of hooded men sitting atop a raised dias, informing unfortunate souls, “You have been selected for death,” but it has the exact same effect. The government makes rules to govern the allocation of resources in health care, and the rules leave no room for flexibility when a person’s life is on the line and common sense argues that flexibility is absolutely necessary. Only the intervention of this judge, assuming it is allowed to stand, can save this young girl’s life – because government has no idea how to stop tripping over its own policies.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Sebelius Won’t Waive Regulation For Girl With Five Weeks To Live: ‘Someone Lives And Someone Dies’

 

 

 

” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius rebuffed an appeal from Rep. Lou Barletta on behalf of a girl who needs a lung transplant but can’t get one because of a federal regulation that prevents her from qualifying for a transplant.

“Please, suspend the rules until we look at this policy,” Barletta, a Pennsylvania Republican, asked Sebelius during a House hearing Tuesday on behalf of Sarah Murnaghan, a 10-year-old girl who needs a lung transplant. She can’t qualify for an adult lung transplant until the age of 12, according to federal regulations, but Sebelius has the authority to waive that rule on her behalf. The pediatric lungs for which she currently qualifies aren’t available.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOP Senators Want Answers on Sebelius’ Obamacare Fundraising

 

” Republican senators are demanding answers about Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ private fundraising efforts to augment finances for Obamacare, saying her actions were legally and ethically wrong.”

 

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” GOP Sens. Rob Portman and Orrin Hatch, in exclusive interviews with Newsmax, both agree that Sebelius’ activities were ethically suspect and likely illegal.

Republicans complain the fundraising drive violates the federal “anti-deficiency” act, which prohibits government agencies from accepting voluntary services or donations. 
However, HHS officials say a section of the Public Service Act allows its secretary to seek donations to support health programs.”

 

 

 

 

 

Obamite Thuggery Has Long History

 

 

 

” It was Michael Barone who first wrote that Barack Obama was a practitioner of “gangster government.” Barone was right. The plethora of scandals now engulfing the administration, combined with all sort of prior scandals that a lapdog media largely ignored, show that this regime is thuggish beyond repair.

As they say in the game of bridge, “let’s review the bidding.”

* One of the most outrageous early examples of the vilest sort of hardball came in the case that we at The Washington Times(when I was there) called “Walpin-Gate.” When Gerald Walpin, the well-respected Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service, dared to point an unwanted focus on a close personal ally of the Obamas, not only did the White House fire himwithout the necessary notice to Congress but also smeared Mr. Walpin with the clear insinuation that he was becoming senile.

The message was clear: “Mess with us and we’ll mess with you in a way you ain’t never been messed before – and it’s gonna hurt.”

* Obama himself had two well-publicized, airport-tarmac run-ins with Republicans governors. “Careful,” he warned Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal when visiting the Bayou State after the oil spill. “This is going to get bad for everyone.” He also publicly berated Supreme Court justices during his State of the Union speech.

* Again and again, top Obama officials in federal agencies issue threats – sometimes veiled, sometimes explicit – to private citizens and businesses to not even say anything displeasing to Obamites. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius does it. The EPA has tried it repeatedly. The Obamites do it to the oil companies and to so many others that columnist David Freddoso has written a whole book about it.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obamacare Is About Power

 

 

 

” Members of the House of Representatives are scheduled to vote Thursday to repeal all of Obamacare. Given that the House voted to repeal the law last year, some commentators and observers have questioned the need for another repeal vote.

However, the scandals coming to light over the last week perfectly make the case for why Congress must eradicate the law from the statute books.

On Friday, the Internal Revenue Service finally disclosed that it had spent years targeting tea party and other conservative groups, delaying their applications for non-profit status and giving those applications additional scrutiny — solely because of those groups’ political beliefs.

Also on Friday, The Washington Post revealed that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius personally asked health industry groups to contribute to Enroll America, a pro-Obamacare front group working to “educate” the public about the law’s supposed benefits.

While we don’t yet know all the details about these scandals, we do know that the IRS grossly abused its power at a time when Obamacare grants it massive new authority. The Treasury Department’s Inspector General has said Obamacare represents “the largest set of tax law changes in 20 years,” with at least 42 provisions adding to or amending the tax code.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HHS Secretary Sebelius: Some Premiums Will Rise Under ObamaCare

 

 

 

” Is the administration gently trying to prepare the public for higher premiums under ObamaCare? Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted yesterday that the health law would cause higher premiums for some in the individual insurance market, reports Reuters:

Everything is speculation. I think there’s likely to be some shifting in the markets,” she told reporters at the White House.

The law, also known as “Obamacare,” eliminates discriminatory market practices that have imposed higher rates on women and people with medical conditions.”

 

 

 

The Sebelius Coverup

 

 

 

 

 

 ” The Obama administration’s congressional allies botched the drafting of this aspect of the health care overhaul, as the plain language of Obamacare doesn’t empower federal exchanges to distribute taxpayer-funded subsidies to individuals; it empowers only state-based exchanges to distribute the subsidies. (The administration pretends otherwise.) Moreover, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is lagging behind in developing the federal exchanges.

It gets worse. HHS has contracted with a subsidiary of a private health care company to help build and police the very exchanges in which that company will be competing for business. The person who ran the government entity that awarded that contract has since accepted a position with a different subsidiary of that same company. An insurance industry insider (speaking on the condition of anonymity) says that HHS, in an attempt to hide this unseemly contract from public view until after the election, encouraged the company to hide the transaction from the Securities and Exchange Commission. ”

 

Chicago Cronyism At It’s Finest . Imagine The Hue & Cry If A Republican Administration Had Pulled This Kind Of Nonsense .

 

 

” The Hill writes that the “quiet nature of the transaction, which was not disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has fueled suspicion among industry insiders that UnitedHealth Group may be gaining an advantage for its subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare.” The Hill adds, “One critic familiar with the business rivalries of the insurance industry compared UnitedHealth Group’s purchase of QSSI to the New York Yankees hiring the American League’s umpires.” In other words, UnitedHealth Group, through QSSI, would be able to police the same field in which it would be a competitor.

In addition, QSSI would have access to valuable data. The Obama administration likes to compare Obamacare’s prospective insurance exchanges to websites like Travelocity and Expedia, but the comparison is inapt. Travelocity and Expedia don’t regulate airlines, stipulate the length of runways, or transfer money from younger passengers to older ones. In truth, Obamacare’s federal exchanges will be an extremely complicated technical endeavor to set up and run, as (among other things) they would involve compiling massive amounts of risk-selection data on individual Americans. In addition to raising extraordinary privacy concerns, the data involved would be like gold to insurers. To quote my source, “If you can capture this data, you’re going to win.”