It was a fitting match, yesterday, in Pittsburgh. Kathleen Sebelius and her failing health care plan and the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers, whose coach has resorted to desperate measures such as banning:
… all games from the Steelers’ locker room [including] billiards, ping-pong and shuffleboard.
The Steelers are mighty, with more Super Bowl wins than any NFL franchise, but this season is a disaster. They have lost all four of their games, thus far, and are last in their division, behind teams they once brushed by on their way to the playoffs. Cleveland, for instance.
"Cleveland?" long time Steeler fan might say, crying into his terrible towel. "Cleveland. This can't be happening. Somebody do something. Ban billiards in the locker room … suit up Bradshaw … send Polamalu on a blitz …"
Meanwhile, in Washington, Ms. Sebelius's team is struggling with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, especially the website, with maybe one percent of the people who log on managing to navigate it all the way to a successful sign-up.
Still, as Alex Nixon of Pittsburgh Trib Live reports, an undaunted:
Sebelius and Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney were at an enrollment and education event on Thursday at Heinz Field to promote Healthcare.gov,
The event was about as successful as the Steeler's season, thus far:
About 20 people armed with laptops and certified by the government to sign up people for coverage were meeting with uninsured people, answering questions and fruitlessly trying to access the website.
LaKesha Lowry, 41, came to the event to find out about her health insurance options [but] was not able to access the site, even with the help of a certified application counselor. “It said, ‘Try again later,' ” Lowry said.
One wonders if Sebelius couldn't have gone to Denver, instead, and done an event with Peyton Manning. He completes everything.