REIGN OF ERROR: Kathleen Sebelius a Poster-Child for the Disaster That is Obamacare

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Health Overhaul: The midwife of ObamaCare exits stage left, leaving behind wreckage that once was the finest health care system in the world, less affordable health insurance and patients unable to find doctors and hospitals.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of Health and Human Services — referred to in the increasingly un-Affordable Care Act’s iconic use of the phrase “the Secretary shall determine,” which appears in ObamaCare’s guiding document no fewer than 1,005 times — has determined that it’s time to go.

Or rather it’s been determined for her by a White House in whose parallel universe ObamaCare’s current alleged enrollment numbers represent an imagined triumph of a law illegally and unconstitutionally altered on the fly to meet number-goals she once denied having set and deadlines that became movable goal posts.

In fact, she had become the poster child for the ObamaCare disaster and, politically, had to go.

She was a clueless administrator who, in a famous interview with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” couldn’t explain why businesses were getting a delay in their ObamaCare mandate to provide insurance to their employees while individuals were not getting a delay in their ObamaCare mandate to purchase health care or face a penalty.

The correct answer was politics. It was bad enough that some 6 million people were already losing their insurance, including stage 4 cancer patients. To proceed with the business mandate would have produced a tidal wave of cancellations in advance of a critical election.

It was just one of some 37 politically motivated changes to the law that the president was not constitutionally authorized to make.

Sebelius was also shamelessly corrupt. She personally called privately-held companies regulated by HHS and “asked” them to contribute funding to a non-profit, Enroll America, set up to promote ObamaCare.

She had the distinction of being one of the few cabinet secretaries ever cited for a violation of the Hatch Act when she served as keynote speaker at a Human Rights Campaign event in Charlotte, N.C.

Sebelius, the cruise director on this medical Titanic, did not write ObamaCare.

But she and her minions did write the implementing regulations that have, among other things, shredded the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty and, in the name of helping those in need, have made war on the likes of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The alleged purpose of ObamaCare was to insure the uninsured, but — as the Heritage Foundation notes — in 2024, after a decade of implementation and nearly $ 2 trillion in new spending, a projected 31 million Americans will still remain uninsured.

Then there was what Politifact dubbed the “Lie Of The Year,” actually a compound lie by President Obama saying that you could keep your plan and your doctor while your family saved $ 2,500 annually in premiums.

In fact, premiums are skyrocketing, and deductibles as high as $ 10,000 prompted one cancer patient to take his chances rather than burden his family with debt.

Even if you have insurance, good luck keeping your doctor or finding a new one; doctors and hospitals leave or are left out of ObamaCare’s restrictive networks.

One of what ObamaCare dubs “exclusive provider organizations” in Florida has seven pediatricians for a county with roughly 250,000 children.

Then there’s the economic harm that ObamaCare is doing as companies stop hiring after reaching 49 employees or restrict them to 29 hours a week to avoid punitive ObamaCare costs.

ObamaCare includes 18 new taxes, fees and penalties, costing taxpayers an estimated $ 771 billion by 2022.

Now the deck chairs are being rearranged, and the Titanic will have a new skipper.


Guest post by Investor’s Business Daily

Doug Ross @ Journal

CONFIRMED: Health Premiums Skyrocketing Thanks to Swine Flu and Obamacare, But Mostly Obamacare

The science is settled:

Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market. Morgan Stanley’s healthcare analysts conducted the proprietary survey of 148 brokers. The April survey shows the largest acceleration in small and individual group rates in any of the 12 prior quarterly periods when it has been conducted.

The average increases are in excess of 11% in the small group market and 12% in the individual market. Some state show increases 10 to 50 times that amount. The analysts conclude that the “increases are largely due to changes under the ACA.”

…For the individual insurance market (plans sold directly to consumers); among the ten states seeing some of the sharpest average increases are: Delaware at 100%, New Hampshire 90%, Indiana 54%, California 53%, Connecticut 45%, Michigan 36%, Florida 37%, Georgia 29%, Kentucky 29%, and Pennsylvania 28%.

It is believed that the increases triggered by Obamacare will be the biggest in history.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

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Rand: Only 858,000 newly insured Americans have paid premiums: WZ
The Most Un-American Speech Barack Obama Has Ever Delivered: Bryan Preston
Republicans Catch on that Negative Advertising Works: Rich Baehr

Report – Obamacare Enrollments Vastly Exaggerated: LI
Democrats Facing Political Fallout on Medicare: Roll Call
“DNC Chair Can’t Think of a Single Obamacare Fix”: PW

Who is Eric Cantor?: Jamie Radtke
Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH): hates town halls, likes being rude: Moe Lane
Cantor Suffers Significant Blow in Virginia: VA Right

Economy

Where was GM CEO Barack Obama During All This?: Ace
Yes, ObamaCare Kills Jobs: R.S. McCain
Most Obamacare “Sign-Ups” Due to Two Modest Changes in the Law: Ace

Scandal Central

What will it take to put you in this death trap today?: Cold Fury
Benghazi: CIA Station Chief Contradicts Obama Talking Point: Bryan Preston
Expert Hacks Healthcare.gov in 4 Minutes: Keith Koffler

Climate & Energy

Union of Settled Scientists Threatens to Strike: Mark Steyn
Apocalypse Cow — Obama EPA To Regulate Bovine Emissions: IBD
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Media

Did WaPo Collaborate With Congressional Democrats to Smear the Koch Brothers?: Power Line
Leftmedia Celebrating Meaningless, Movable O-Care Goalposts: Stephen Kruiser
Levin blasts Obama for his Castro-like campaign rally, spewing Obamacare lies: Scoop

Obama jabs press: Future HealthCare.gov outages ‘won’t be news’: The Hill
Fallon on Obama Victory Lap: ‘Amazing What You Can Achieve When You Make Something Mandatory’: Breitbart
New Connecticut long gun laws take effect April 1: ABC-7

The New York Time wonders: “Was Marx Right?”: PW
Media Curiously Uninterested in Democrat Accused of Arms Trafficking: Glob
Dana Loesch Unloads on Rep. Jeff Roorda for Calling Rep. Holly Rehder a “Nazi”: MoTorch

World

A World War of Community Organizers: Daniel Greenfield
The Curious Case of Obama’s Cancelled State Dinner In Saudi Arabia: Nice Deb
Ted Cruz Introduces Bill Preventing Terrorists From Entering US As UN Ambassadors: LoneCon

Erdogan Jumps out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire: Henri J. Barkey
Blame Bush: Why Obama gets so little respect from the troops: Allen West
UK to Consider Outlawing Muslim Brotherhood: Daniel Greenfield

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