Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally testified before a congressional committee Wednesday regarding the persistent setbacks in the implementation of ObamaCare.
Though her answers were predictably evasive, she became obviously perturbed when asked by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) whether Barack Obama bore any blame in the fiasco.
“Whatever, yes,” she eventually conceded; “he is the president, he is responsible for government programs.”
She offered herself as the scapegoat for the convoluted mess that is healthcare.gov, apologizing for the frequent and sustained outages on the site.
“Hold me accountable for the debacle,” she said. “I’m responsible.”
Republicans in the House, however, continued to press her for answers regarding Obama’s broken promise that individuals could keep their own healthcare plans when the government-mandated system was unveiled.
Claiming he kept his promise, Sebelius said that Americans can keep the policies they had when the promise was made in 2010 as long as their providers have not implemented any changes in the plan. Obama, of course, never bothered to announce that caveat as he touted the purported benefits of his signature piece of legislation.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) echoed the frustration of many Americans by pointing out the lack of choice associated with ObamaCare.
“Some people like to drive a Ford, not a Ferrari,” she chided. “You’re taking away their choice.”
Sebelius’ testimony came on the heels of widespread calls for her resignation. Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee issued the most recent of those demands Tuesday.
In his statements directed to Obama, he said that continued faith in Sebelius at this point is “unrealistic” and amounts to “throwing good money after bad.”
“It’s time for her to resign,” he concluded.
While the removal of one prominent piece of this disaster would be a positive step, there is little evidence that it would make a lasting impact on the overall situation.
The Obama administration is filled with big government, pseudo-socialists who believe wholeheartedly in government-operated healthcare. ObamaCare will not simply go away without a serious fight; and the utter incompetence of this regime all but insures that whoever would replace Sebelius would promptly fail in new and equally frustrating ways.
–Western Journalism staff writer
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