9:41 AM, May 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The featured speaker at a recent conference on “Excellence in Government,” was the secretary of agriculture, Tom Vilsack.
As Eric Katz of Government Executive (sponsor of the conference) writes, the secretary argued:
One of federal government’s biggest flaws is a failure to market what it does well …
Government’s inability to promote itself and the work it does takes away from its ability to accomplish its mission … When the story gets altered, a new narrative is written that paints government as inefficient and federal employees as bad at their jobs
One wonders if, perhaps, the problem might not be so much perception as denial. Government, like it sometimes partner, General Motors, is too big and treats customer dissatisfaction with indifference and, on occasion, outright hostility. Bad ignitions in millions of cars? Not worth fixing; but keep it quiet. Dangerous backlogs at VA hospitals? Doctor the paperwork; not the patients.
In his speech, the secretary of agriculture said that he was “a little tired of the constant criticism heaped on government.”
Former Secretary Sebelius no doubt agrees.
It is so unfair.
1:12 PM, Apr 21, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Back when the Obama administration needed a little help selling the Affordable Care Act, (then) HHS Secretary Sebelius made a few calls. Friendly, no doubt, in tone, suggesting that a contribution might be helpful.
12:24 PM, Apr 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Kathleen Sebelius is "not considering" a run for Senate, a new report claims.
"A spokeswoman says departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate," reads the report from the AP.
11:28 AM, Apr 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
At a celebration ceremony for Kathleen Sebelius's resignation as secretary of Health and Human Services, President Obama excused the problems with Healthcare.gov by saying it's the "final score" that matters:
11:22 AM, Apr 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Kathleen Sebelius had one final glitch on her way out the door. At her resignation celebtration at the White House Rose Garden today, she was missing the final page from her prepared remarks:
"Unfortunately, a page is missing," Sebelius said. The crowd laughed.
10:12 AM, Apr 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The first official word from the Obama administration on Kathleen Sebelius's resignation as secretary of health and human services is a retweet by the official White House Twitter account of a tweet by Vox.com's Ezra Klein:
7:10 AM, Apr 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
A few weeks ago during a Congressional hearing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress regarding Obamacare, “We have implemented a number of changes in the way the law was written to ease the transition into the marketplace.” This week, her department has done the same thing once more, granting penalty exemptions for people who applied for Medicaid or CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) coverage before March 31 but who may experience a gap in coverage before their applications are processed and approved. Guidance issued on March 31 declares that "HHS is exercising its authority to extend the hardship exemption" to individuals in this position.
12:01 PM, Mar 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Oklahoma reporter told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how unpopular Obamacare is, rendering the cabinet secretary speechless:
"At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren't buying into the health care plan, they don't like Obamacare, and they've been pretty vocal about it," said the reporter. "Now that's going to be -- still continue to be -- a tough sell, but we'll see how that plays out over the coming months."
7:05 AM, Mar 18, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Healthcare.gov has eliminated the web chat customer service option. Sometime around the beginning of March, the online chat feature that has been present since Healthcare.gov was launched disappeared.
7:03 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Obama administration has been under heavy criticism from foes and even some friends for selective enforcement of laws. Executive orders and executive actions have contradicted, delayed, or otherwise modified laws regarding same-sex marriage, immigration, and, most controversial in the last several months, the Affordable Care Act.
1:01 PM, Mar 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Testifying Wednesday before the House Ways and Means hearing on the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, Kathleen Sebelius was bombarded with questions about implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She was asked to provide details on the administration's claims about current enrollment levels.
10:36 AM, Mar 13, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
With Obamacare, it seems like every day brings with it a new interpretation, ruling, finding, exemption, or what-have-you. This thing is more slippery than a basket of greased eels.
10:09 AM, Feb 18, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If you were concerned that the Affordable Care Act might add the the nation’s unemployment woes, as predicted by the Congressional Budget Office, then you might take heart from what a senior administration official is saying:
“There is absolutely no evidence, and every economist will tell you this, that there is any job-loss related to the Affordable Care Act."