Sebelius: Obamacare rollout timeline 'just flat out wrong'
Klueless Kathy Sebelius believes that the real problem with the Obamacare website rollout was that the timeline to get the job done was "just flat out wrong."
Just in passing, it should be noted that the "timeline" was mandated by an act of Congress - the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
So it's not her fault that she had three years to develop and perfect a website and failed utterly, and miserably to do so. It's Congress!
The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong," outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an interview that aired Sunday.
The departing health chief also said the two months when healthcare.gov was plagued with technical problems were "a pretty dismal time" and the low point of her five-year tenure. But she defended the law's impact and said millions of Americans now have access to health care because of it.
"People have competitive choices and real information for the first time ever in this insurance market," said Sebelius, who last week announced her resignation.
But she acknowledged the rocky rollout for the online sign-up system fraught with technical problems that left Americans frustrated.
"Clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was just flat out wrong," Sebelius said.
HealthCare.gov was envisioned as the principal place for people to buy insurance under Obama's health care law. But its first few weeks were an embarrassment for the administration and its allies.
"Well, I think there's no question -- and I've said this many times -- that the launch of the website was terribly flawed and terribly difficult," Sebelius said.
Obama set a Dec. 1 deadline to have the website repaired, a move that left Sebelius nervous, she said.
"Having failed once at the front of October, the first of December became a critical juncture," she said. "That was a pretty scary date."
Sebelius' resignation comes just a week after sign-ups for insurance coverage ended, enrolling 7.1 million people and exceeding initial expectations. Enrollment has since increased to 7.5 million as people were given extra time to complete applications.
Blaming Congress, or the website contractors and sub contractors, or underlings for her own incompetence and mismanagement is unseemly. It's almost as bad as President Obama allowing her to keep her job after it became abundantly clear to everyone in America that she was incapable of performing her duties adequately. That she wasn't summarily fired after the website meltdown became apparent speaks to Obama's disinterest in demanding responsibility from his cabinet secretaries for their job performance.
Hillary Clinton should have been fired after Benghazi. Eric Holder should have been fired (and perhaps arrested) after Fast and Furious became public knowledge. His entire economic team should have been cashiered after it became apparent that their trillion dollar stimulus wasn't working and actually made things worse.
This reluctance to instill a sense of responsibility in those under him has led to one of the most incompetent administrations in living memory. So we shouldn't be surprised when Sebelius doesn't take responsibility for her own actions in the Obamacare debacle.