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Sebelius Says Delaying Rollout Was Not An Option

From the Washington Examiner:

Kathleen Sebelius: Obama didn’t know of website glitches before launch

By MEGHASHYAM [sic] MALI  | OCTOBER 23, 2013

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday said that President Obama was not aware of glitches in the Obamacare insurance exchange website ahead of its launch and defended the administration’s decision to go ahead with the rollout on schedule.

So now the question becomes: ‘What did Sebelius not know, and when didn’t she know it?’ After all, if she didn’t hear about all the red flags that were raised, why have red flags?

In an interview with CNN, Sebelius was asked when Obama first learned about the tech issues plaguing the Healthcare.gov website. “It became clear fairly early on, the first couple of days,” Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta.

The first couple days of the rollout are not "fairly early on." They are way too late. But, to be fair, Obama was incredibily busy at the time not negotiating with the Republicans over the CR and the debt ceiling.

Asked if Obama knew about the concerns at HHS and earlier red flags before the Oct. 1 launch date, Sebelius said “no” and that Obama was only told that the team was testing the website.

But naturally they didn’t tell him that the tests failed miserably, even under the lightest of loads.

“I think that we talked about having testing going forward and if we had an ideal situation and could build a product in a five year period of time, I think we would have taken five years. But we didn’t have five years. And certainly Americans who rely on health coverage didn’t have five years to wait,” she said.

Sebelius said that despite problems discovered in the days before the website’s launch, delaying the insurance exchanges was never a viable option for the administration. “Waiting is not really an option,” she said…

Why not? What was the rush? Americans have already waited 250 years for Obama-Care. Maybe they wanted to get as many people enrolled as quickly as possible, before most of us realized what a scam it is.

Sebelius also said she was “optimistic that things would go smoothly” the morning the website went live. “The day had finally come, I had done this work now for three and a half years, implementing this historic law,” she said…

Sebelius said that despite the glitches to the exchange website, the overall health care law was working. “There are people in this country who have waited decades for affordable health coverage. … We have a product, the product really works…" But “we are not at all satisfied with the workings of the website,” she conceded.

In reality, the only ‘product’ HHS is supplying is their website. And it is not working. Yes, you can call in, but their (1 800 FUCK YO) help line is not working either. And all the alternatives ultimately depend on accessing the website.

Sebelius again blamed the website’s issues on the “enormous volume” of visitors. “Which is good news — We’ve had 20 million people visit the website in the first three weeks and that shows I think the pent up interest that people have in affordable, available health coverage,” said the secretary.

Of course, it helps to pique interest if you fine people for not signing up. And it also helps if you tell them they are going to get something for free.

Asked if she had used the website herself, Sebelius responded: “I have created an account on the site, I have not tried signing up myself because I have insurance." …

Naturally. We can’t expect Ms. Sebelius to have to suffer under Obama-Care, even with a 70% premium subsidy.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Sebelius Says Delaying Rollout Was Not An Option”

  1. Helena says:

    So she’s deaf to warnings and blind to red flags. This gal better have insurance. Better yet, disability.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Red flags, red lines, *Phagh* At this point, what difference does it make?

  3. Petronius says:

    “… could build a product in a five year period of time, I think we would have taken five years. But we didn’t have five years.” (Comrade K. Sebelius)

    Yes, especially when your five-year plan involves taking over 18 percent of a once thriving capitalist economy.

    Actually the Bolshevik revolt against civilization has been going on for more than one hundred years.

    And they have had written blueprints for “this historic law” for at least twenty years.

    But somehow these Marxist five-year plans always take a great deal longer than five years.

    Somehow there are always glitches and blips, snafus and man-made disasters.

    Bumps in the road. Changes in calculus. Evolutions. Blivets. Subversive capitalist remnants.

    And people waiting in line.

    One hundred million dreamers, documented and undocumented, collecting food stamps, unemployment, or disability, clutching their Obama-phones and EBT cards while they patiently wait in line.

    22 million people unemployed.

    And over 90 million who have given up and quit the workforce.

    All waiting for this historic job-killing premium-raising penalty-imposing tax-increasing deficit-growing care-rationing law.

    How did we ever get along without it for our first 400 years? Yes, we can’t wait a moment longer.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      At the end of the day, I have to be cynical and surmise that most people ponder, “How can I get as much as possible while expending the least amount of energy?”

      We’re all a little like that but for me, it has been the course of my life to find work that I enjoy so as to not make it seem like work, and that has a tangible reward (paycheck) and some self-worth attached to it.

      Given that, I was told years ago that “most people hate their jobs” and well, I can see how that might be so. Therefore, it is up to the individual to change their lot in life through self-betterment, enlightenment, effort and that last one is a duesy.

      The effort required to get to where you want to be is the key. Kids today are not trained to think this way, while in my high-school years and before, I constantly heard, “You’d better do better than that or you’re gonna be diggin’ ditches the rest of your life.” or similar. Not that digging ditches is bad, if that’s what makes you happy.

      Then, there’s the notion that “everyone is equal”. It’s preposterous. I have met people of varying degrees of intelligence and ability. Some are in stations far beyond their capacity and others are in stations far below. There is a mix and bell-curve to it, I suppose but I’m too lazy to do the math.

      What frustrates me though is the individual who has only modest ability or none and yet is in a position of responsibility and constantly boogers everything up due to their own narrow perspective. Hello! Welcome to the “human condition”, right?

      But the socialist opinion that “all kids deserve praise” is an empty vessel at best and incredibly destructive at worst and we are now witnessing the worst with our ever-praised, cruel and vindictive unskilled, untalented boy who sits in the president’s chair.

      The human mechanisms of the past that would rid us of such folderol have been eliminated from our behavior. The one success of the socialist mindset when you can’t call an idiot an idiot. (It would be rude)

      Perhaps the one thing that will undo civilization is the very notion of being civilized.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Jarret says, “I’ll be back.” Checks her micro-fusion hydrogen fuel cell ..

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