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October 30, 2013

The not-so-strange response to the website fiasco

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Instead, we are told that the president has “full confidence” in Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – the member of his cabinet most responsible for implementing Obamacare, and therefore the website. Instead, those who “inexcusably” screwed up will get paid more to fix what they screwed up. Another example of government rewarding failure. Why can’t we all get jobs like that?

Isn’t it even stranger that, after Obama told us the failure is inexcusable, Sebelius then tried to excuse it by telling CNN that the department needed five years to do the job correctly?

Doesn’t it seem a bit strange that of the people paraded out to be personal examples of the wondrousness of Obamacare, none of them is a young, healthy person who must pay higher premiums for something he or she will rarely use, so all the older, sicker people who will use it regularly can pay less?

Isn’t it a bit strange that the best the president’s defenders can do is to blame Republicans for opposing it and trying to defund it? Do they expect us to believe that Obama is the only president in history who has experienced hostile legislative maneuvering from the opposing party?

Let’s try a thought experiment.

Imagine that President George W. Bush had been able to ram his initiative to partially privatize Social Security through Congress, without a single Democratic vote. Imagine that then-Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert brushed aside concerns about the details of the bill by saying, “We’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it.”

Imagine that the president had assured everybody that if they wanted to stay in the standard version of Social Security, they could do so – that

nobody would be forced into private investments.

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