Interesting article. Went beyond the immediate news and compared the rocky start of “Obamacare” to a similar beginning for Massachusetts’ “Romneycare” some years back.
While the same article here calls the latter program “popular”, Romney nonetheless was soundly beaten in the state he once governed in the 2012 Presidential election.
Speaking on Capitol Hill, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologized for the botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website and vowed to win back* the confidence of millions of disappointed Americans.
“Hold me accountable for the debacle. I’m responsible,” Sebelius told the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee.
**** in above quote, my emphasis*** Win back the confidence? I was confident she’d do anything in her power (which she so far always seems to get MORE of) to keep little 11 year old Sarah Murnehan from getting the lung transplant she needed … to live (because the available donated lungs were adult lungs … for people over 12 … even if Sarah had waited longer on the donor recipient list and her doctors (correctly!) predicted they could do the operation and save Sarah’s life).
nbcnews.com/health/nice-long-life-11-year-old-lung-transplant-patient-home-8C11003394 < Sarah Murnehan, home, recovering with successfully transplanted lungs – and for the first time in 2 1/2 years, off 24 hour oxygen treatment.
OH the dedication Ms. Sebellius had in martialling her legal forces and making the girls family apply, plead, and finally have to sue on behalf of Sarah. THIS was her priority while the administration’s mysterious new America transforming megaprogram was not being prepped for its October 1, 2013 rollout?! She was “sorry Murnehans, that shall not be done” then. She is “sorry America” that her job isn’t done now. As usual, someone else suffers more than she. < Her main consistency since her “health care” breakout days of playing goalie for the abortion industry as Kansas Governor (and loudly public “pro-choice Catholic leader” come to think of it). IMO.
Going to the overall program and the HHS Secretary’s boss(es?) … this new apology tour
will likely still wind UP with another “I’m sorry”.
“I’m sorry you were unable to secure your new mandatory health care plan by the deadline. You will still have to pay the fine for late filing. Please remit.” < Something like this. :mad:
(Excerpts) The White House has pushed back against Republicans and some Democrats who have urged
– an extension of the open enrollment period beyond March 31
– and/or a*** delay in penalties*** for those who don’t sign up for insurance on time because of the website issues.
The Obama administration is moving to clarify confusion on when people need to sign up for health care, and it has plans to issue new guidelines to this point soon.
Still, Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters insisted “the individual mandate timing” – i.e. the requirement for a person to have insurance by March – “has not changed. … It was true this morning. It is true tonight.”
Pelosi pushes back on extending Obamacare deadline
And who gets all that “fine” money? Where will IT go … or come to? This might be a quite convenient “oversight” and “debacle” if this new revenue stream goes to an invisible slush fund or to a “friendly” bank the administration works well with. :hmmm: