Ironically, her resignation came one week after the intended end of Obamacare’s first enrollment period. As so many other promises in the health care law, it was extended an extra few weeks. The initial enrollment in October was a website disaster.
Since that time, the administration has claimed to have enrolled seven million Americans. Those numbers have many in Washington skeptical since there is no verifiable statistics or the ongoing questionable track record of administration promises.
The Obamacare law has seen 38 revisions since its passage. No one was held to blame more than Kathleen Sebelius.
The former Kansas governor had been a member of the president’s cabinet the last five years. In her last six months, she had desperately tried to plug the many fallacies the health care law created. It finally demanded the exit for her the besieged secretary's resignation Thursday.
Her replacement will create a furor in Washington, especially for anti-Obamacare lawmakers anxious to reveal the many layers of the onion skin the administration has been glossing over the last few months with a compliant mainstream press.
The entire scenario is not a good sign for the Obama administration and Democrats facing a November election. The Republicans seek to make the health law the centerpiece of their efforts to retake the Senate.
Sebelius was a key player in guiding the health care law through Congress in 2010 along with then House majority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate majority leader Harry Reid. Now in 2014, Pelosi is out of her job and Harry Reid is on the verge of losing his.
But the health secretary’s relationship with the White House took a stark turn during last fall's roll out of the insurance exchanges. The president was frustrated by what he considered to be a lack of information from HHS over the extent of the website troubles. That turned out to be the understatement of the year.
No plans have been announced for Sebelius’s upcoming retirement.
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