Obamacare Claims Its Latest Victim: Kathleen Sebelius Resigns As US Health Secretary

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Obamacare has been such a smashing success that the US Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just couldn't wait until days after its "successful" rol out to get the hell out of dodge.

From the NYT:

Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act.


Mr. Obama accepted Ms. Sebelius’s resignation this week, and on Friday morning he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her, officials said.


The departure comes as the Obama administration tries to move beyond its early stumbles in carrying out the law, persuade a still-skeptical public of its lasting benefits, and help Democratic incumbents, who face blistering attack ads after supporting the legislation, survive the midterm elections this fall.


Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the crippling problems at HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll Americans in insurance exchanges, would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy.


Even last week, as Mr. Obama triumphantly announced that enrollments in the exchanges had exceeded seven million, she did not appear next to him for the news conference in the Rose Garden.


The president is hoping that Ms. Burwell, 48, a Harvard- and Oxford-educated West Virginia native with a background in economic policy, will bring an intense focus and management acumen to the department. The budget office, which she has overseen since April of last year, is deeply involved in developing and carrying out health care policy.


“The president wants to make sure we have a proven manager and relentless implementer in the job over there, which is why he is going to nominate Sylvia,” said Denis R. McDonough, the White House chief of staff.


Last month, Ms. Sebelius approached Mr. Obama and began a series of conversations about her future, Mr. McDonough said. The secretary told the president that the March 31 deadline for sign-ups under the health care law — and rising enrollment numbers — provided an opportunity for change, and that he would be best served by someone who was not the target of so much political ire, Mr. McDonough said.


“What was clear is that she thought that it was time to transition the leadership to somebody else,” he said. “She’s made clear in other comments publicly that she recognizes that she takes a lot of the incoming. She does hope — all of us hope — that we can get beyond the partisan sniping.”


The resignation is a low point in what had been a remarkable career for Ms. Sebelius, who as governor of Kansas was named by Time magazine as one of the five best governors in the country and was even mentioned as a possible running mate for Mr. Obama in 2008. The two had bonded when Ms. Sebelius endorsed his presidential bid early in 2008, becoming one of the highest-profile Democratic women to back him over Hillary Rodham Clinton, and helping him deliver a big win in the Kansas caucus.

The punchline:

Ms. Sebelius said she hoped — but did not expect — that her departure would represent the beginning of a more cooperative period in Washington to make health care better.  “If I could take something along with me,” she said, it would be “all the animosity. If that could just leave with me, and we could get to a new chapter, that would be terrific.”

That won't happen: after all the populace has to be entertained by the ongoing raging class war distracting it from the far more important obliteration of the US middle class by the Wall Street-Washington-Fed symbotic, parasitic complex.

Next questions: will Sebelius get to keep her health insurance, and at which Wall Street firm or Insurance corporation will she end up? Anyone who replies managing director in Goldman's healthcare group is disqualified, that answer is far too obvious.

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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:42 | 4645337 InjectTheVenom
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I'm totally OT here, but just wondering...why ZH hasn't (yet ?) covered the standoff at Bundy Ranch in Nevada  ??

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:45 | 4645350 camaro68ss
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Guess she needed to spend more time with family?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:48 | 4645365 Boris Alatovkrap
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Woman like is Katerina Sebelius, she is have no family! Does Sebelius not abort all infant of copulative act?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:53 | 4645381 Tom Servo
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Don't let the door hit you in the vagina on the way out!


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:00 | 4645405 freewolf7
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Smart rats jump early.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:47 | 4645601 philipat
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Better late than never? In reality, in the private sector, she a whole lot of others, would have been gone at least a year ago. Since it was mostly the Health Insurers and Big Pharma that wrote the law (whilst mistakenly expecting a degree of competence in Gumin implementation) my guess is she will go there. Probably an Insurer because Pharma's pressure point going forward is more at FDA. US style corruption within a fascist complex is a wonder to behold....

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:52 | 4645623 zaphod
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She is going to get "speaking gigs" at liberal institutions and universities for years and years at $100K/hour rates.

I wouldn't exactly call that losing


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:13 | 4645697 Manthong
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Rat.. Ship, Sink.. skinny white haired crone..

Makes sense.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:22 | 4645714 nmewn
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Speaking of rats, wassup with Sharpton being an FBI informer in the cocaine trade...


...I thought he had lost a little weight of late ;-)

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:46 | 4645931 Manthong
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..most effective diet program around.

..do big time blow for 6 months or so and drop 60 or more lbs.

Of course, the toasted brain should be taken into consideration.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:14 | 4645698 McMolotov
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She'll write a book called "How to Epically Fail on the World Stage and Still Have Half of America Defend You."

Incidentally, this will also be the title for Obama's, Hitlery's, and Horseface's books.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:55 | 4645624 philipat
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And I suspect that the lack of offspring is less as a result of sampling her own abortion policies than lack of opportunity. Where do the Dems find all these dreadful "women"?

I can listen to Sibelius but would prefer not to look at Sebelius!!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:11 | 4645458 QQQBall
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The retirement script. Beginning with - About a month ago.... Ending with - with regret, we accept Kathleen's desire to pursue other opportunites (or spend more time with family if applicable).

She should have been FIRED. She blew a billion bucks creating an unsecure, non-functioning website. A fucking BILLION BUCKS.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:22 | 4645507 Shad_ow
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She should be hauled off to prison after fingering every other crook involved in the rape of America.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:38 | 4645901 Boris Alatovkrap
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Maybe Sebelius is CEO job have waiting at Yahoo!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:16 | 4645702 Jumbotron
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"She should have been FIRED. She blew a billion bucks creating an unsecure, non-functioning website. A fucking BILLION BUCKS."


.....and counting

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 23:57 | 4646299 jwoop66
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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 07:53 | 4646756 tarsubil
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She did her part in bringing this whole thing that much closer to collapse.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:00 | 4645652 drendebe10
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"There ain't nuthin uglier than an old white woman."  Fred Sanford

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:01 | 4645406 Mr Pink
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Assistant : Secretary Sebelius, there is something we need to tell you

Sebelius: What is it?

Assistant: It's about the latest Obamacare enrollment numbers

Sebelius: The latest number I was given is 7.5 million. Isn't that great?!

Assistant: Well, yes, but the actual number of enrollees that has paid is much lower

Sebelius: How much lower?

Assistant: Ms. Secretary, the number we have is 6

Selebius: 6 million isn't that bad..

Assistant: No, not 6 million. 6, as in 6 people

Selebius: Fuck this! Clean out my desk and call my driver..I'm off to the Hamptons!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:27 | 4645525 Berspankme
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Hopefully it's cancer

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:51 | 4645618 Fiat Envy
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I logged in to up vote that.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:01 | 4645796 Upswaller
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Me 6.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:57 | 4645397 Van Halen
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Read Ann Barnhardt's take on the standoff. It's a little ways down the page...


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:30 | 4645730 Overfed
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She's way off and has no idea what she is talking about. Bundys have been on that land since 1877, reference that with the Taylor Grazing Act. Also, dig around the 'net. There is a whole lot more to the story than the guy just not paying his grazing fees. As usual, the government controlled media isn't telling anything close to the whole story.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:01 | 4645407 seek
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Only in the comments. I think someone in the know posted that it was fucked up but that the ranchers weren't completely innocent in this.

I was pleasantly surprised that the gov. of NV called out the Feds, especially on the free speech zones.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:18 | 4645485 The Gooch
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"weren't completely innocent" involving fucking steer does not justify .gov monkeys with sniper rifles trained on un-armed ranchers.

Nor does it justify said monkeys setting up a "first amendment zone"

The Governor of Nevada is only talikng talk.

The sheriff of Clark County is a complicit.

Ann Barnhardt has a very valid point, though.


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:41 | 4645583 seek
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I never said it did justify what the BLM is doing, and indeed I was repeating a comment from someone who appearred to be informed -- and that very same thing ended up getting echoed by Barnhardt, that the rancher involved has made some fairly sketchy legal claims and this isn't a black and white case.

The BLM should go through the courts instead of making themselves asses with a massive overreaction and the Orwellian free-speech zones, and the sheriff should get off his ass as well and control the scene, but the rancher here is also wrapping himself in the flag to get support after years of taunting the BLM.

I'm with Barnhardt, on the face of it, this isn't someone I'd be making efforts for. I do think the governor of NV should also step up after the free speech zone comment and tell the BLM to pack it up and send in lawyers and not snipers.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:55 | 4645632 666
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After the embarrassment the gubmint faced after losing out to Russia over the Ukraine, they have to regain face and show their mighty muscle by pointing military assault rifles at an unarmed rancher. What could be fairer than that? Now we can respect and admire the power of the USSA!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:39 | 4645754 seek
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Seriously the thing that disturbs me most about this whole mess is the timing.

Today is April 10th. In nine days it's April 19th. April 19th is a really, really bad day for things involving the government.



Fri, 04/11/2014 - 02:15 | 4646490 StychoKiller
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Meh, Apr-19 is the day before Easter, why do you consider it so special?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:26 | 4645520 Shad_ow
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Bureau of Land Management  fracking racket exposed! Armed siege and cattle theft from Bundy ranch really about fracking leases


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:06 | 4645669 The Gooch
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Harry Reid.

Wait for it...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:32 | 4645732 Overfed
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That dickless POS has already chimed in on the side of the feds and the big$$.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 23:00 | 4646170 The Gooch
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A quick dig...

Seems there are fracking interests in the area too.

BLM leases land.

Noble Energy Corp.

Nevada is the new "Middle-West".


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 22:53 | 4646142 Crash Overide
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Bundy Ranch in Nevada

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:11 | 4645688 Jumbotron
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She should get a 21 Nail Gun Salute.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:12 | 4645693 Jumbotron
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I wonder what insurance company she'll end up at ?

Or what lobby firm for the insurance companies ?

Her career just took off !!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:42 | 4645332 Everybodys All ...
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C U Next Tuesday...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:51 | 4645374 Boris Alatovkrap
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"Lasting damage to the president’s legacy."

What...? Destroy Amerika, last bastion of freedom is not legacy enough?

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:13 | 4645472 Keyser
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The facade has shattered. It was all a lie. America's legacy are old John Wayne movies.


Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:43 | 4645340 Theta_Burn
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Fuck all you naysayers....

According to Obama, the ACA is on track, has brought affordable health care to millions of uninsured Americans, and contrary to the critics, armageddon hasn't happened, and Vlad is contained...

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:44 | 4645348 sessinpo
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Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:27 | 4645523 KickIce
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Woo hoo, Hillary and kathleen in 2016.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:33 | 4645737 Overfed
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"What Difference Does it Make!?"

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:35 | 4645559 nmewn
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And GM's barely alive and Biden's brain dead or sumpin.

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:06 | 4645671 drendebe10
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... no need to be nasty but you ought to pass around and share whatever it is your smoking or drinking..

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:45 | 4645772 Occams_Chainsaw
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The insurance company sends ME money every month.  This fucking ACA thing is fucking awesome!  Pay up bitchezzz!

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 18:44 | 4645346 EvlTheCat
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Managing Director for the World Health Organization.

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