So President Obama announced Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation today.

On his new website, Vox, Ezra Klein wrote an article about it yesterday, titled, “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won.”

Calls for Sebelius’s resignation were almost constant after Obamacare’s catastrophic launch. The problem wasn’t just that Sebelius had presided over the construction of a fantastically expensive web site that flatly didn’t work. It was that she didn’t know healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. And so the White House didn’t know that healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. The demands that Sebelius to step down — or be fired — were as deafening inside the building as outside of it.

But President Obama refused. As National Journal’s Major Garrett reported, Obama believes that “scaring people with a ceremonial firing deepens fear, turns allies against one another, makes them risk-averse, and saps productivity.” Moreover, there was too much to be done to fire one of the few people who knew how to finish the job. Sebelius would stay. The White House wouldn’t panic in ways that made it harder to save the law.

The evidence has piled up in recent weeks that the strategy worked. Obamacare’s first year, despite a truly horrific start, was a success. More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Millions more have signed up through Medicaid. And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers.

Naturally, conservatives instantly began attacking Klein. Meanwhile, they’re having to come to grips with the reality that a lot of people are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act.

Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, recently penned an op-ed, saying, “Conservatives need this to sink in: America already has a right to a certain minimum of health treatment, which is not going away. It is an expression of compassion and decency. But the only way to credibly offer [conservative alternatives] is to recognize that access to some form of health care is a right in the United States — and was so, long before Obamacare.”

Wow. A conservative talking about compassion and decency? And asserting that access to health care is a right? Statist.

Gerson also tells us, “Conservatives have serious alternatives to Obamacare.” Well, okay. Unfortunately, they’re still… just… not… ready.Yes, this week House Republicans once again delayed their promised rollout of their alternative to ObamaCare. Is anyone surprised?

So now the party line is that April “wasn’t intended to be a formal rollout of a bill, rather a discussion about ideas,” an aide said. But rest assured that they’re continuing to work on it.

It’s so much easier to just vote against stuff you don’t like. This crafting of laws and policies and stuff is hard work!

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Comments
  1. mitchethekid says:

    The more these wingers talk, the more obvious it is that they are massively fucked up. And then they get indignant about it. It’s sad. And as Mr.T used to say, “I pity the fool”. They need a George Kennedy telling them to “Stay down. You’re beat”.

  2. Marner says:

    The sensible Republicans, like Gerson, have known for quite some time that the fight is over on the ACA. They are just now getting around to admitting it because it just isn’t the money-maker it once was. Millions of people now have access to affordable health insurance that just a few months ago was out of reach for them The people who spew talking points decry all this “free” preventative care that is mandatory for insurance policies without pausing for a second to see if what they’re saying even makes sense. Preventative care is not free; the cost is covered by premiums and is also captured by the insurance companies on the back end. Early detection and treatment of illnesses and ailments costs less to treat than waiting until it becomes an emergency situation. Insurance companies want preventative treatments to be fully covered.
    There will still be Obamacare dead enders, like Calgary Cruz, who will try to squeeze every last dime from the suckers over the issue. Cruz has already floated the idea of delaying the confirmation of the new HHS Secretary to try and get the ACA repealed. Anyone with an ounce of brain matter knows there isn’t a chance in hell of that happening, but there will always be plenty of Teabaggers who will pony up their $10 or $20 dollars for Cruz’s campaign coffers.

    • Well, someone once said, “There’s a sucker born every minute!”

    • rustybrown2012 says:

      Marner,
      Wow, couldn’t have said it better myself, on this blog, several hours ago…

      • Marner says:

        I agree with your point completely that the idea that preventative care is “free” or that people believe it is is assinine. I wanted to add that we have gone well past the point of principled opposition to the ACA and are left now with the grifters trying to make a buck off their opposition. That will eventually die out, though, as more and more people experience the benefits of the ACA.

      • mitchethekid says:

        They can’t go fast enough. Maybe we can introduce a quick acting pathogen.

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