In a surprise move after years of loyal support for President Barack Obama's health care policies, Kathleen Sebelius has resigned as the secretary of Health and Human Services. The Christian Science Monitor reported on April 11, 2014, the resignation of Sebelius marked the end of a difficult chapter in the launch of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The news of Sebelius’s resignation came on Thursday evening.
Sebelius had to deal with harsh criticism for the turbulent rollout of the Affordable Care Act. There were so many initial problems with HHS’s poorly constructed website, Healthcare.gov, that the Obama administration considered dropping it and starting over again. Nevertheless, Sebelius said during congressional testimony on Thursday that total enrollment now exceeds 7.5 million, which is a half million people above the administration’s goal for 2014.
The Wall Street Journal reports that after leading the government's troubled rollout of the 2010 health-care law, Sebelius has resigned. Sebelius's departure has followed months of speculation that she would resign over the difficult implementation of the Affordable Care Act. There was a wave of technical problems which initially prevented consumers from buying insurance plans on HealthCare.gov. Nevertheless, it appears there remains potential for the Affordable Care Act to offer more Americans than ever health insurance.
Still, Obama and the Democrats, along with the Republicans, should understand that although health care insurance is vitally important, most Americans remain concerned about the availability of good jobs and the economy. Americans want to be able to enjoy the comforts of their own homes and wealth with the newfound opportunities to be covered by affordable health insurance, not the desolation of the dangerous streets of the nation's inner city ghettos.