Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was this week’s clueless politician, sweating in the hot seat before Congress and trying to explain the Obamacare rollout nightmare. Her answers were so unsatisfactory that House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced he had subpoenaed the information. Sebelius and President Obama claimed that the HealthCare.gov website would be free of bugs and running smoothly by the end of November, but not many really believed that.
In the meantime, letters went out to hundreds of thousands of people to inform them that their health insurance policies were being canceled, and news programs played clip after clip of the many times Obama stated flatly, “If you like your current insurance plan, you will be able to keep it.” Some questioned how the president could be so carelessly inattentive as his signature achievement started to roll out. Didn’t he know his legacy will depend primarily on Obamacare? Some of the commentators started to say it out loud: The president lied, boldly and deliberately.
The government bragged that thousands of people were signing up despite all the glitches, but it turns out that the vast majority of them are signing on to Medicaid – thousands more people taking rather than putting in. If Obamacare is to survive, it must enroll plenty of healthy, young people to pay for the sick, old people. That’s not happening.