Okay, let’s give President Obama some credit. He promised openness, not honesty. You get to see the village. If it’s a Potemkin Village, that’s your problem.
What HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wanted you to know during her hearing Wednesday before a House healthcare subcommittee is that, as HHS announced the same day, 365,000 people have enrolled in Obamacare as of the end of November.
Let’s talk about this. First of all, we actually have no idea how many people have enrolled. Because enrollment, as defined by insurers – who unlike the federal government have businesses to run – define enrollment as payment for a plan. These 365,000 people have merely selected a plan. HHS won’t tell us how many have paid.
I may have gone through the Internets and selected the Abs of Adipose Athletic Club to trim some fat, but I guarantee they won’t consider me a member and start letting me use the medicine balls until I’ve paid up.
Also, only about 137,000 of these selections occurred on the federal exchange. We’re nowhere near the numbers we’re supposed to have for Obamacare to work, and we don’t know how many of those signing up are the sweet young Obamamaniacs whose cash is needed to float the system but who now appear to be making rational choices to stay a thousand miles away from it.
At 110,000 selections in November, the pace increased fourfold from October, Sebelius hopes you’ll understand.
Let me check my abacus for a second here. Yes, four times nothing is still nothing.
Sebelius was primed with other misleading information, such as a rejection of the FACT that Obamacare is making people lose their doctors.
“There’s nothing in the law that has their doctor lost to them,” Sebelius said.
This is such rank dishonesty by a smart woman who knows better. No, the law doesn’t specifically fire your doctors for you. But any idiot understands that if you lose your insurance – which even the White House acknowledged occurs under Obamacare – you lose your doctor.
Sebelius clearly thinks we’re not just any idiot, but some kind of special idiot.
Politico reports that all this congressional oversight is getting on the poor woman’s nerves. I mean, no autocrat likes to go through this.
Sebelius is getting sick of these hearings, and so are some of the lawmakers themselves.
That much became clear at several points in the proceedings, as Sebelius came as close as she ever does to telling a couple of Republicans to shove it.
Shove it? Putting aside the coach of the 3-10 Washington Redskins, Sebelius is second on the list of people in the United States who should have been fired the day before yesterday. And unlike Mike Shanahan, Sebelius’ incompetence has harmed people across the nation, not just Washington area football fans.
Here’s Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) comparing getting answers out of Sebelius to eliciting information from Kim Jong-Un.