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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Sebelius resigns after 7.5 million ACA signups

It's a good news, bad news story. Kathleen Sebelius presided over both the disastrous rollout, and the triumphant surpassing of the projections after they had been written off. She has been kept out of the spotlight of late, including at the Rose Garden victory lap.

Her successor, Sylvia Burwell, is Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and was previously President of both the Walmart Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I don't know whether that is good news or bad about her policy positions. For example, would she override an FDA science panel on making emergency contraception medications available to women, as Sebelius did in 2011? I expect Burwell to do OK on managing further signups, and dealing face-to-face with a hostile Congress. First she has to be confirmed by the Senate, which was easy for her previous position, but provides endless opportunity for posturing and bloviation on Obamacare this time. Well, we'll see.

More opinion later, but first the numbers.


Update #0

My Response to Edward Morrissey

I stopped reading the article, because Mr. Morrissey is utterly full of garbage here.
What?!? Teapublicans cooking the books? Say it isn't so.
Edward Morrissey
The Fiscal Times

Edward Morrissey has been providing political analysis as a blogger, columnist, and radio host since 2003. He now writes at Hot Air as senior editor and correspondent and also hosts a daily online talk show. His radio show is on Minnesota’s AM 1280 The Patriot every Saturday afternoon.

Two New Studies Raise Red Flags on Obamacare
April 10, 2014

The Coming Obamacare Shock for 170 Million Americans
April 3, 2014

Obamacare: Taxpayers in the Hole for $1.5 Trillion
March 27, 2014

Yup. It's so.

It was the "Two New Studies" claims that brainwrap bailed on when they went too far into the Tinfoil Twilight Zone.

Ohio: ACA Medicaid Expansion grows to 106K, 120K more pending

Idaho: 25K more Off-Exchange QHPs documented

The Graph, updated w/New Medicaid Category: "Bulk Transfers / Special Enrollments"

Sebelius and Burwell

There are well over a thousand stories in the Google news feed today about Kathleen Sebelius resigning as head of HHS. Most have some kind of balance about her successes and failures with the rollout. Then there is this.

Fox News: Sebelius resigns: Democrats have their scapegoat, they can blame ObamaCare failures on HHS chief, by Erick Erickson of Redstate.

Just so that you know the Cognitive Dissonance remains in full flower over there in the muck.

And these.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor:

I thank Secretary Sebelius for her service. She had an impossible task: nobody can make Obamacare work.
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus:
No matter who is in charge of the law, Obamacare is doomed to never be anything but a failure.
Mitch McConnell:
Sebelius may be gone, but the problems with this law and the impact it’s having on our constituents aren’t. Obamacare has to go too.
Chuck Grassley:
Anybody put in charge of Obamacare would be set up to fail.
Doug Schoen at Forbes was much more measured than Erickson, which is saying very little, actually.

Health And Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigns

However, he could not resist quoting some of the more useless Republican views on the event, as above, nor could he resist repeating the shopworn cliches about Obamacare being a disaster in progress.

Have I mentioned…? Oh, yes. In fact, this is not as overtly nasty as Erickson, but is actually much dumber.

It is President Obama and the Democrats’s job to show that they are ready to work across the aisle and make the healthcare law effective. If they don’t do that, it frankly doesn’t matter who is in charge.
Greg Sargent, The Plum Line, WaPo:

Morning Plum: What Sebelius’ resignation says about the Obamacare debate

Republicans are already salivating at the prospect of confirmation hearings for her successor, and their response to the resignation says a lot about the current state of the debate over Obamacare. In short, as enrollment continues to mount, Republicans are retreating to a fallback position, which is that Obamacare cannot work by definition.
Paul Krugman, NYT: Health Care Nightmares
When it comes to health reform, Republicans suffer from delusions of disaster. They know, just know, that the Affordable Care Act is doomed to utter failure, so failure is what they see, never mind the facts on the ground…

And while supposed Obamacare horror stories keep on turning out to be false, it’s already quite easy to find examples of people who died because their states refused to expand Medicaid. According to one recent study, the death toll from Medicaid rejection is likely to run between 7,000 and 17,000 Americans each year.

But nobody expects to see a lot of prominent Republicans declaring that rejecting Medicaid expansion is wrong, that caring for Americans in need is more important than scoring political points against the Obama administration. As I said, there’s an extraordinary ugliness of spirit abroad in today’s America, which health reform has brought out into the open.

And that revelation, not reform itself — which is going pretty well — is the real Obamacare nightmare.

CNBC: Why Sylvia Burwell? What Obama was thinking

Originally posted to Mokurai on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by Obamacare Saves Lives.

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  •  HELP Committee confirmation hearing for Sylvia (1+ / 0-)
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    Matthews Burwell is going to be a hoot.

    A lot of progressive stalwarts on that committee to defend ACA. And some crazies like Rand Paul and Tim Scott to will try to harass Ms. Burwell.

    Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee

    Democrats by Rank
    Tom Harkin (IA)
    Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
    Patty Murray (WA)
    Bernard Sanders (I) (VT)
    Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA)
    Kay R. Hagan (NC)
    Al Franken (MN)
    Michael F. Bennet (CO)
    Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
    Tammy Baldwin (WI)
    Christopher S. Murphy (CT)
    Elizabeth Warren (MA)

    Republicans by Rank
    Lamar Alexander (TN)
    Michael B. Enzi (WY)
    Richard Burr (NC)
    Johnny Isakson (GA)
    Rand Paul (KY)
    Orrin G. Hatch (UT)
    Pat Roberts (KS)
    Lisa Murkowski (AK)
    Mark Kirk (IL)
    Tim Scott (SC)

  •  Healthline report today says (1+ / 0-)
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    Covered California will send more than 340,000 reminder emails to state residents who began but have not completed the application process, which must be completed by April 15.  Also, Peter Lee, the head of Covered California, said yesterday that in the first nine days of April, more Californians signed up for plans than in the whole month of November.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:48:39 PM PDT

  •  Kind of wish Sebelius had waited a couple of (1+ / 0-)
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    Months so the republicans would find it more difficult to use it to bash the ACA. However she has been at the center of the cauldron for longer than anyone could expect. Good luck to her.

  •  I will be watching with interest (2+ / 0-)
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    Brainwrap, ybruti

    how well the hue and cry from the Republicans over the confirmation plays for them.  Their crutch is splintering, and smacking it with more airtime of them fawning and posturing over an issue no one else cares about any more may actually help kill its impact on the November elections even faster.  

    brainwarp's simple approach and sticking to the facts has done a fabulous job of destroying this issue; the Republicans can be depended upon to beat this dead horse into the ground even more quickly now that they have a confirmation festival coming up.  Given it will play out mostly in the Senate, the People will get to see them as out-of-touch has-beens, a position the House has been hogging for some time.

    All the better to smack that crutch harder now so they are left with Bengahzi! as their fading cry echoing in the dustbin of history.

  •  What a joke. (3+ / 0-)
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    TheMomCat, triv33, JayRaye
    was previously President of both the Walmart Foundation
    Giving people access to a better life. One community at a time.

    It’s our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.

    They could first start by paying their employees a living wage and giving them a steady schedule so they could get a second job to make ends meet.

    I think Walmart should be fined for every employee they hire that requires food stamps to survive or Medicaid because Walmart doesn't pay them a living wage.

    Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

    by gooderservice on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 05:40:17 PM PDT

    •  Yeah, putting a pretty face on Walmart, (1+ / 0-)
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      a company which stolen the wages of workers. Paying them shit isn't bad enuf, they have to go further and actually rob them of their wages.

      But does anyone go to jail...nooo.
      It's only poor people who go to jail for theft, not corporations.

      Corporations get to have prominent politicians to help and put a pretty face on their ugly mugs.

      God spare me the Heart to fight them... I'll fight the Pirates forever. -Mother Jones

      by JayRaye on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 02:28:45 PM PDT

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      •  Hey, maybe if we're "lucky," one of the Koch (1+ / 0-)
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        brothers will be appointed to the Department of Energy.

        Dallasdoc: "Snowden is the natural successor to Osama bin Laden as the most consequential person in the world, as his actions have the potential to undo those taken in response to Osama."

        by gooderservice on Sat Apr 12, 2014 at 03:54:00 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

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