Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius fell on her sword today by accepting full responsibility for the botched Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov while testifying during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing.
But her apology rings hollow.
Yesterday, Leigh Ann Caldwell of CNN reported that Sebelius responded harshly to those calling for her resignation by saying,
"the majority of people calling for me to resign, I would say, are people who I don't work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place."
Sebelius also pointed the finger at insurance companies for cancelling coverage for "for hundreds of thousands of people," as reported today by the Chicago Tribune. The burdensome requirements of the Affordable Care Act cannot be imposed on the private sector without price increases to individual policies.
Patrick Brennan of the National Review reported today that before Obamacare, Sebelius falsely claimed that the individual-insurance market was “unprotected [and] unregulated,” despite the fact that it was highly regulated by the federal government. Brennan cited legislation dating back from 1974 and noted that
"the federal government has long been closely involved in the regulation of health insurance..."
In addition to federal regulations, each state also has their own laws regulating the individual health insurance industry, and as Brennan points out,
"Those most regulated states, of course, have the smallest and most expensive individual markets."
The Obama Administration is incredibly adept at pointing fingers. Vilifying the individual-insurance market is a strategy to deflect blame of Obamacare's costly repercussions, but it also paves the way for the ultimate goal of Obamacare, which is a single-payer system, i.e., socialized medicine.