The goodbye party for HHS’s Kathleen Sebelius was a bit over-the-top Friday. One would have thought it was staged for a federal bureaucrat who had not been humiliated and shown the door by her employer.
That’s how Republican Sen. Ted Cruz felt when he labeled President Obama "smug" at the festivities. What got to the senator was Obama’s implied comment that signing up 7.5 million Americans for Obamacare was some sort of success story.
Cruz told Fox News, the president was willfully ignoring the myriad problems with Obamacare. "He's trying to sweep all of those problems under the rug." He was particularly incensed over the praise for Sebelius.
The president acted as if the last six months of Obamacare had been a small glitch on the overall radar screen. The president said that the six-month open enrollment period for Obamacare was lost because of the HealthCare.gov problems. However "under Kathleen's leadership, her team at HHS turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done, and the final score speaks for itself.”
Cruz was the angriest as this presidential comment: “There are 7.5 million people across the country that have the security of health insurance, most of them for the very first time, and that's because of the woman standing here beside me."
Cruz retorted, "You know, I thought the most revealing statement that the president made was the smug statement about the 'final score. He has viewed Obamacare from day one as just a political battle. This is not a political battle. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work and lost their health insurance and lost their doctor or are seeing their premiums skyrocket. Every time I travel home to Texas, I see men and women who are scared and have lost their health insurance," he told Fox News.
The Texas senator feels Sebelius “resigned” because the Democrats are scared. "They're running scared because every one of them in their races across the country, they're underwater. They're losing because Obamacare has hurt so many millions of people, and I think it was Senate Democrats who demanded Kathleen Sebelius' head, and I think that's exactly what we saw what happen."
As for Obama’s replacement for Kathleen Sebelius, it will be Sylvia Burwell who runs the Office of Management and Budget. Cruz fully intends to use her conformation hearing to call for the repeal of Obamacare.
The Texas maverick said, "Today, seeing the disaster, seeing the train wreck that is Obamacare, in my view, it is the essence of pragmatism to acknowledge this thing isn't working. We need to start over, repeal every word of it. Start over."
Cruz feels the confirmation hearing is meant "to examine the failures of Obamacare."
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