Obamacare Live: Sebelius delivers SNL-like testimony

Ethel C. Fenig
CNN, of all networks, captured the perfect representation of the total failure of the (Un)Affordable Care Act from concept, to content, to execution, to implementation in one powerful split screen graphic.

Health and Human Services (sic) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, bravely taking blame for difficulties accessing healthcare.gov.  CNN, along with other networks, covered the proceedings live.   While she denied the website ever crashed, CNN (CNN!) continued broadcasting the proceedings on half of the screen while the other half had a live screen shot of the website itself headlined with the oh so perfect, oh so truthful "The system is down at the moment."  And the site really was down all through her testimony.

No, that wasn't part of a Saturday Night Live skit, it was Obamacare live.  And not funny at all.



The unfunny Obamacare Live hearings skit continued. 
Rep Cory Gardner (R-CO) persistently questioned her if she was purchasing insurance through the government exchange.  Practicing what he preaches, Gardner decided to live under the law and rejected his government insurance plan.  Sebelius didn't.  After all, she didn't have to, wasn't eligible, it is illegal.  

Rep. Cory Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your insurance?"

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: "Pardon me?"

Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your health insurance?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employees' medical plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? Why won't you go into the exchange? You're a part of this law - you're literally in charge of this law - should you be any different than all of the other Americans out there who are losing their health insurance?"

Sebelius: "I am a part of the 95% with affordable available health care coverage as are most of your colleagues."

Gardner: "You part of a plan that most Americans are not available to them. Why will you not agree to..."

Sebelius: "I am not eligible for the exchange."

Gardner: "You can decide to drop the coverage from your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose..."

Sebelius: "That is not true, sir."

Gardner: :I chose not to go..."

Sebelius: "Members of Congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by Congress, but I am not eligible. If I have affordable coverage in my workplace, I am not eligible to go into the marketplace."

Gardner: "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that."

Sebelius: "It's illegal."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/sebelius-im-not-losing-my-health-care-insurance-because-im-federal#sthash.Mfjpxcus.dpuf

Rep. Cory Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your insurance?"

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: "Pardon me?"


Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your health insurance?"


Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employees' medical plan."


Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"


Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan."


Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? Why won't you go into the exchange? You're a part of this law - you're literally in charge of this law - should you be any different than all of the other Americans out there who are losing their health insurance?"


Sebelius: "I am a part of the 95% with affordable available health care coverage as are most of your colleagues."


Gardner: "You part of a plan that most Americans are not available to them. Why will you not agree to..."


Sebelius: "I am not eligible for the exchange."


Gardner: "You can decide to drop the coverage from your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose..."


Sebelius: "That is not true, sir."


Gardner: :I chose not to go..."


Sebelius: "Members of Congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by Congress, but I am not eligible. If I have affordable coverage in my workplace, I am not eligible to go into the marketplace."


Gardner: "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that."


Sebelius: "It's illegal."

Rep. Cory Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your insurance?"

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: "Pardon me?"

Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your health insurance?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employees' medical plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? Why won't you go into the exchange? You're a part of this law - you're literally in charge of this law - should you be any different than all of the other Americans out there who are losing their health insurance?"

Sebelius: "I am a part of the 95% with affordable available health care coverage as are most of your colleagues."

Gardner: "You part of a plan that most Americans are not available to them. Why will you not agree to..."

Sebelius: "I am not eligible for the exchange."

Gardner: "You can decide to drop the coverage from your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose..."

Sebelius: "That is not true, sir."

Gardner: :I chose not to go..."

Sebelius: "Members of Congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by Congress, but I am not eligible. If I have affordable coverage in my workplace, I am not eligible to go into the marketplace."

Gardner: "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that."

Sebelius: "It's illegal."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/sebelius-im-not-losing-my-health-care-insurance-because-im-federal#sthash.Mfjpxcus.dpuf

Wrong!  She doesn't know the law she administers!  In her defense it is several thousand pages of small print.  And her generous taxpayer supported healthcare plan, her well into the six figure taxpayer supported salary and her taxpayer Medicare, as she is now over 65, would make dropping them for the exchanges a lousy financial decision.  Using the exchanges however, is also a lousy financial government-forced decision on the millions who have been dropped from their plans.
 I clicked on the healthcare.gov site so Sebelius--and hopefully you--won't have to, look, look what is so helpfully there.  Sebelius qualifies.

What if I have job-based insurance?

If you have coverage from a job (or a family member's job), you're considered covered and won't have to pay the fee that uninsured people must pay.

You may be able to change to Marketplace coverage, but you might not qualify for lower costs on your premiums based on your income. This will depend on the type and cost of insurance the employer provides.

The eligibility requirements are https://www.healthcare.gov/am-i-eligible-for-coverage-in-the-marketplace/  

Most people will be eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

To be eligible for health coverage through the Marketplace, you:

  • must live in the United States
  • must be a U.S. citizen or national (or be lawfully present)
  • can't be currently incarcerated

Yeah, yeah those three points are so exclusionary.  And racist.  But she qualifies there also.

But, as Sebelius later replied, to persistent questioning from Rep Gregg Harper (R-Miss) on the failed Obamacare introduction, "Whatever."  In other words, "What difference does it make?"


Meanwhile,
speaking in Boston, President Barack Hussein Obama (D) tried to reassure the nation that his signature law will soon be just fine.  After all, he noted, passing on the blame, he didn't build the law, Romney did as it was modeled after the law his last presidential opponent and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) introduced into the state.   Well, yes, the scale was smaller but there were minimum problems.  And it is very expensive for the residents of Massachusetts.

Defending the need for his law, Obama cheered


"Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy."


Hmmm, it is these same wormy, rotting bad apple insurers that are now providing government-approved, government-mandated health care insurance with higher premiums, higher deductibles and more unneeded care on the government approved exchanges because of his signature act.


The kinky, glitchy website is actually a minor problem of this nightmare act.  Fully in force, Obamacare will bring higher costs and worse care. 


It cannot be fixed.  It should not be fixed.  It should be stopped.  Now. 

CNN, of all networks, captured the perfect representation of the total failure of the (Un)Affordable Care Act from concept, to content, to execution, to implementation in one powerful split screen graphic.

Health and Human Services (sic) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, bravely taking blame for difficulties accessing healthcare.gov.  CNN, along with other networks, covered the proceedings live.   While she denied the website ever crashed, CNN (CNN!) continued broadcasting the proceedings on half of the screen while the other half had a live screen shot of the website itself headlined with the oh so perfect, oh so truthful "The system is down at the moment."  And the site really was down all through her testimony.

No, that wasn't part of a Saturday Night Live skit, it was Obamacare live.  And not funny at all.



The unfunny Obamacare Live hearings skit continued. 
Rep Cory Gardner (R-CO) persistently questioned her if she was purchasing insurance through the government exchange.  Practicing what he preaches, Gardner decided to live under the law and rejected his government insurance plan.  Sebelius didn't.  After all, she didn't have to, wasn't eligible, it is illegal.  

Rep. Cory Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your insurance?"

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: "Pardon me?"

Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your health insurance?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employees' medical plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? Why won't you go into the exchange? You're a part of this law - you're literally in charge of this law - should you be any different than all of the other Americans out there who are losing their health insurance?"

Sebelius: "I am a part of the 95% with affordable available health care coverage as are most of your colleagues."

Gardner: "You part of a plan that most Americans are not available to them. Why will you not agree to..."

Sebelius: "I am not eligible for the exchange."

Gardner: "You can decide to drop the coverage from your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose..."

Sebelius: "That is not true, sir."

Gardner: :I chose not to go..."

Sebelius: "Members of Congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by Congress, but I am not eligible. If I have affordable coverage in my workplace, I am not eligible to go into the marketplace."

Gardner: "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that."

Sebelius: "It's illegal."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/sebelius-im-not-losing-my-health-care-insurance-because-im-federal#sthash.Mfjpxcus.dpuf

Rep. Cory Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your insurance?"

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: "Pardon me?"


Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your health insurance?"


Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employees' medical plan."


Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"


Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan."


Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? Why won't you go into the exchange? You're a part of this law - you're literally in charge of this law - should you be any different than all of the other Americans out there who are losing their health insurance?"


Sebelius: "I am a part of the 95% with affordable available health care coverage as are most of your colleagues."


Gardner: "You part of a plan that most Americans are not available to them. Why will you not agree to..."


Sebelius: "I am not eligible for the exchange."


Gardner: "You can decide to drop the coverage from your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose..."


Sebelius: "That is not true, sir."


Gardner: :I chose not to go..."


Sebelius: "Members of Congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by Congress, but I am not eligible. If I have affordable coverage in my workplace, I am not eligible to go into the marketplace."


Gardner: "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that."


Sebelius: "It's illegal."

Rep. Cory Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your insurance?"

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius: "Pardon me?"

Gardner: "Why aren't you losing your health insurance?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employees' medical plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? You're in charge of this law, correct? Why aren't you in the exchange?"

Sebelius: "Because I'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan."

Gardner: "Why aren't you in the exchange? Why won't you go into the exchange? You're a part of this law - you're literally in charge of this law - should you be any different than all of the other Americans out there who are losing their health insurance?"

Sebelius: "I am a part of the 95% with affordable available health care coverage as are most of your colleagues."

Gardner: "You part of a plan that most Americans are not available to them. Why will you not agree to..."

Sebelius: "I am not eligible for the exchange."

Gardner: "You can decide to drop the coverage from your employer. You have the choice to decide not to choose..."

Sebelius: "That is not true, sir."

Gardner: :I chose not to go..."

Sebelius: "Members of Congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by Congress, but I am not eligible. If I have affordable coverage in my workplace, I am not eligible to go into the marketplace."

Gardner: "With all due respect, Madam Secretary, I would encourage you to be just like the American people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that."

Sebelius: "It's illegal."

- See more at: http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/craig-bannister/sebelius-im-not-losing-my-health-care-insurance-because-im-federal#sthash.Mfjpxcus.dpuf

Wrong!  She doesn't know the law she administers!  In her defense it is several thousand pages of small print.  And her generous taxpayer supported healthcare plan, her well into the six figure taxpayer supported salary and her taxpayer Medicare, as she is now over 65, would make dropping them for the exchanges a lousy financial decision.  Using the exchanges however, is also a lousy financial government-forced decision on the millions who have been dropped from their plans.
 I clicked on the healthcare.gov site so Sebelius--and hopefully you--won't have to, look, look what is so helpfully there.  Sebelius qualifies.

What if I have job-based insurance?

If you have coverage from a job (or a family member's job), you're considered covered and won't have to pay the fee that uninsured people must pay.

You may be able to change to Marketplace coverage, but you might not qualify for lower costs on your premiums based on your income. This will depend on the type and cost of insurance the employer provides.

The eligibility requirements are https://www.healthcare.gov/am-i-eligible-for-coverage-in-the-marketplace/  

Most people will be eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

To be eligible for health coverage through the Marketplace, you:

  • must live in the United States
  • must be a U.S. citizen or national (or be lawfully present)
  • can't be currently incarcerated

Yeah, yeah those three points are so exclusionary.  And racist.  But she qualifies there also.

But, as Sebelius later replied, to persistent questioning from Rep Gregg Harper (R-Miss) on the failed Obamacare introduction, "Whatever."  In other words, "What difference does it make?"


Meanwhile,
speaking in Boston, President Barack Hussein Obama (D) tried to reassure the nation that his signature law will soon be just fine.  After all, he noted, passing on the blame, he didn't build the law, Romney did as it was modeled after the law his last presidential opponent and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) introduced into the state.   Well, yes, the scale was smaller but there were minimum problems.  And it is very expensive for the residents of Massachusetts.

Defending the need for his law, Obama cheered


"Remember, before the Affordable Care Act, these bad apple insurers had free rein every single year to limit the care that you received or used minor pre-existing conditions to jack up your premiums or bill you into bankruptcy."


Hmmm, it is these same wormy, rotting bad apple insurers that are now providing government-approved, government-mandated health care insurance with higher premiums, higher deductibles and more unneeded care on the government approved exchanges because of his signature act.


The kinky, glitchy website is actually a minor problem of this nightmare act.  Fully in force, Obamacare will bring higher costs and worse care. 


It cannot be fixed.  It should not be fixed.  It should be stopped.  Now.