Sebelius Says Texas Politics Screwed Up Obamacare

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Since everyone is criticising Health Sectretary Kathleen Sebelius she's taking the time to criticize Texas

The Affordable Care Act has been rolled out, the insurance enrollment website went live and it's had a lot of snags in the process. Hair Balls will bet no one knows that better than U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

She's been out on tour, promoting Obamacare while simultaneously trying to make up for the website problems that are leading many to call the roll-out a failure, and she even swung through Austin and San Antonio. She was also apparently out on the road to assign blame.

The failure has left Sebelius in the political crosshairs -- many are asking whether or not she should keep her gig in the wake of the website problems -- but Sebelius isn't taking it all on herself. Nope, while some fault may lie with Sebelius, she's lodging a great deal of the initial failure of Obamacare with Texas and the political machinations in play against the law.

"It's unfortunate that it is still being conducted as a political campaign and not as the law," she said in an interview with the Texas Tribune. "This is no longer a political debate; it's the law of the land."

She acknowledged that Texas, the state with the most uninsured residents in the nation, is key to the success of the law. It's a tricky thing to have Lone Star State cooperation be a key component to success when entire political careers (read: Sen Ted Cruz) are being launched into the stratosphere by opposing the Affordable Care Act.

Thousands of Texans who buy their own insurance may have to go without as insurance companies get rid of existing policies and the state prepares to close the high-risk insurance pool. At the same time, Gov. Rick Perry declined to set up a state-run market for insurance or to expand Medicaid so a huge portion of people may not be covered as the program gets going, according to the Texas Tribune. Even the Texas politicians like Sen. Wendy Davis who are in favor of the program have expressed concerns about the problems that could come with it.

In the meantime, Sebelius seems to be juggling getting the website running and not losing her job. When people like Bill Dale, former White House chief of staff, start comparing you to the captain of a doomed ocean-liner that's not good.

"To me that's kind of like firing Captain Smith on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg. It's not going to do much right now," Dale told CBS last week.

We're thinking in Sebelius's version of this scenario -- and probably Perry's and Cruz's too -- Texas is the iceberg.

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TexPride
TexPride

Do you really want to know why there are so many uninsured people in Texas?  Go spend a week on the southern border.  Obama might as well be sending buses to Mexico and bring people across himself with all the freebies he's been giving out.  I know a few "illegals" that have it better than I do because of "wellfare" and they don't pay a damn dime in taxes.

fiorello
fiorello

Duh, our state's political leaders should assume responsibility for not setting up an exchange that works well. 14 other large states like NY and California have state run exchanges that work relatively well. Sure everyone admits the tech glitches, but you don't help when you're standing in the way of implementing the program effectively.

Some of the commenters seem to say 1) Obamacare is slavery and 2) dammit! we can't even sign up for it!

patriot1742
patriot1742

You know you are a problem when all you do is blame everyone else for your problems - HEY Kathleen Sebelius - slavery was a law too and it was overturned - it is just a lousy program passed ONLY by democrats - not one REPUBLICAN voted for this bad law.

willsgirl46
willsgirl46

Obama has lied to us at every turn.   Stay out of Texas Obama and Sebelius.

dribbleme
dribbleme

You're not in Kansa anymore .....

Casey Quillen
Casey Quillen

Keep talking, let EVERYONE know how ignorant you truly are!

Pffft
Pffft

What a train wreck, just as expected.

bevilacqua
bevilacqua

We don't want any of those lazy poor folks to get healthcare in Texas!

Let us keep our #1 ranking for the state with uninsured kids and adults!

And #1 in drop-out rate! Republicans and Rick are for keeping Texas #1

Mary Walker
Mary Walker

Good Lord people :-/ Will 'lack of reading comprehension' be covered under ObamaCare too? She has every right to blame Texas for putting politics before people. Tis the season for a good witch trial though.

Becci Himes
Becci Himes

FYI, it was 1.8 million in incentive money.

Becci Himes
Becci Himes

Ms. Sebelius, please fire the Canadian website firm that Governor Perry gave our incentive money to to come to Texas. Odd, coincidence, I know. I'm sure there's nothing funny going on.

Noelle A. Perry
Noelle A. Perry

she hired a shitty [canadian!] dev firm who obviously didn't test their site - even a little - before launch, she somehow didn't see it coming that rick perry [and many of the other hard-line republican governors] would "decline to participate", and she's blaming us? lolk. i'm not a republican by any means, but this chick is incompetent and should be fired yesterday.

Houston Haynes
Houston Haynes

Taking a page from OblameO,who never knows anything until the media reports it, and blames GOP for this trainwreck. 600 mil, for a website,legislation that doesn't work, only 2 mil have lost their plans which BO promised would not happen. Wait til the sticker shop,then people will become criminals by not going for the increase(tax).

Greg Feczko
Greg Feczko

That is like coming to San Antonio and urinating on the Alamo. Good job Kathleen --- gtfo of Texas.

Amanda Musquiz
Amanda Musquiz

Not making republican friends isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Polina Kharmats
Polina Kharmats

Something tells me no one wants to be friends with her...

Pffft
Pffft

@fiorello Always pass the blame. It's always someone else's fault. Always. 

Pathetic.

Pffft
Pffft

@bevilacqua   0 personal responsibility, never admit blame, and always play the victim = Leftist 101. 

If you can't feed em (and provide them healthcare), don't breed em.

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Pffft

@Mary Walker  Must...deflect...blame....

patriot1742
patriot1742

@Amanda Musquiz - stay out of TEXAS - we do not need the rest of the country.

Pffft
Pffft

@Amanda Musquiz  The feeling is mutual, I assure you.

wyatt
wyatt

@Pffft @fiorello  

Always push the broom. It's always about keeping it clean so you won't be blamed. Always. Pathwaybrooms!

fiorello
fiorello

@Pffft @bevilacqua  

Yeah, our great leaders like Rick Perry should accept personal responsibility for making things harder, making the state worse off, and not doing their jobs. One look and listen to him during the pres debates was enough to turn off most people with minds not in their asses.

Pffft
Pffft

@wyatt  

Are you sure you tied your horse up good enough outside, Wyatt? I would hate for it to wonder off while you are upstairs at the saloon. hehe  

Pffft
Pffft

@wyatt Wyatt, you must really need a bath after your long day's ride. You should stumble over to  the barber's for a nice razor shave and a soaking in the big tub in the back room. You stink, pardner! You can even go get a big steak at the hotel on main street later, "cowboy"!

wyatt
wyatt

@Pffft @fiorello  

Slow day on the Janitorial scene USA1? 

You doin a name makeover after taking an election licking?

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