9:54 AM, Dec 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Prominent Democrats have been lining up to rue the day when they went all in on the Affordable Care Act. First, Senator Charles “Chuck” Schumer said it was bad politics from the get-go. No votes in it. Then, Senator Harry Reid, who will be losing the title “majority leader” and the various emoluments that go with it in a couple of weeks, lamented the roll-out. If the bureaucrats had handled that one right, then the Democrats might have held on to their majority.
Now, the leader of those bureaucrats and, thus, the person responsible (notionally) for the roll-out, Kathleen Sebelius, says that its a branding problem. The name by which most people know the bill – “Obamacare” – has become toxic.
“Obamacare, no question, has a very bad brand that has been driven intentionally by a lot of misinformation and a lot of paid advertising, and I think we may need to call it something in the future different, but it’s working,” she said at an event hosted by Politico.
So what should it be called. Maybe Dr. Gruber has some suggestions.
Awarded $1.8 million emergency contract to Verizon less than four weeks before open enrollment9:08 AM, Dec 2, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Less than four weeks before the launch of 2015 open enrollment for Obamacare, the government agency that runs Healthcare.gov suddenly realized the Marketplace site was heading for a repeat of last year's debacle.
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.
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.