“…Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible.” – Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
UNDER AN intense grilling by the House committee today, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took accountability and responsibility for the HHS roll out of HealthCare.gov, the website that’s been causing the White House so much grief since ACA started its availability.
The pile on continues, with no end in sight.
A Weekly Standard post on shows the response of Democratic senators, who are in a real bind.
As he stepped off an escalator leading from the Capitol’s underground subway system to the U.S. Senate, Ron Johnson opened up a yellow folder, pulled out a copy of the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act,” and handed it to fellow senator Chris Coons.
“I look forward to reading this,” said Coons, a Democrat from Delaware.
“It’s the president’s exact language,” replied Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin.
Johnson was, of course, referring to President Obama’s pledge that Americans who like their health insurance could keep it under Obamacare, a pledge that has proven untrue for millions of Americans who are losing their current insurance policies because they don’t comply with Obamacare.
The post continues with Democratic senator after senator being squeezed between President Obama’s promise and the reality currently unfolding for people losing their health care coverage, because their plans don’t meet the basic standards of ACA.
What’s being buried is that the health care plans that have been canceled or not grandfathered in were plans that covered very little, many catastrophic plans in the case of an emergency, with huge deductibles. The roll over to newer plans that meet ACA criteria include wellness check ups and preventative care.
Unfortunately for Democrats, President Obama said something else and Republicans haven’t let up on what he promised. The White House now caught in an If You’re Explaining You’re Losing roulette wheel. Glenn Kessler giving Obama four Pinocchios for his promise that’s now imploded politically and practically.
From the Washington Post, Gov. Chris Christie is the latest to pile on:
“The real problem is that people weren’t told the truth,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” “You can remember, they were told that they would be able to keep their policies if they liked them. Now you hear hundreds of thousands of people across the country being told they couldn’t.”
Administration officials say the canceled insurance will be replaced by better policies. But the new line of attack comes as the administration continues to grapple with its problem-plagued Web site, HealthCare.gov.
On Tuesday, the administration official directly responsible for the rollout of the Web site apologized, promising at a congressional hearing to fix problems that have prevented many consumers from signing up for coverage under the health law. Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, also defended her agency’s management of the project and blamed some of the setbacks on the main contractor, Fairfax-based CGI Federal.
The countdown has begun on just how long Secretary Sebelius can survive. The Washington Post officially beginning, though we started around here a lot earlier, the Beltway game called deathwatch.