by William Teach | April 14, 2014 7:18 am
Like seemingly most who work for Team Obama, Kathleen Sebelius is rather divorced from reality
(Fox News) Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the timeline for the ObamaCare rollout was “flat-out wrong” and that the federal exchange could have used “more time and testing” before going online.
Sebelius, who led the agency through the problem-plagued rollout, made her comments in an interview that aired Sunday on “NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the first interview since she announced her resignation Thursday.
“Clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was just flat-out wrong,” she said Sunday.
And who, exactly, was in ultimately in charge of making sure that the federal exchange website? She discusses this like she had little culpability.
Sebelius also said the roughly first eight weeks of the glitch-filled rollout was the low point of her five years as secretary.
Still, she defended the President Obama’s signature law, arguing 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,” Sebelius said.
I’m not sure whether to laugh or scream based on the utter idiocy, the sheer propaganda element of that comment. In what reality does this make any sense? In a large number of states, there are only 1-3 insurers participating. In many exchanges, both state and federal, the nations largest insurers said “nope, no thanks.” Even in the states with lots of providers, many have little offerings. California is supposed to have 11 different providers, but many only operate in certain areas, and many only offer one plan per level.
Does Sebelius think these health insurance companies just sprang up to operate in the Obamacare exchanges, and there were few prior to the passage of Ocare? Let’s not forget about all the doctors, medical facilities, and hospitals (including some of the countries best) that are not participating in Ocare networks, either voluntarily or because they were not included to control costs.
I’ve had company provided insurance since I started working back in my early 20’s: I’ve had all the information I needed, even back in the early 90’s when the Internet was in its infancy and insurers provided you with paper explanations and you called them on a landline phone.
It’s no wonder people have little trust in Government, when they spin and flat out lie in manners such as this.
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