Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sibelius: Blame the Republicans

Kathleen Sibelius, in her arrogance, is one of several administration officials wasting even more of the tax-payers' money running around the country encouraging the masses to sign up for Obamacare-while even suggesting that Republicans share the blame for the botched website.

Someone should remind Sibelius that it is all of us-the people-whom she works for.


elwood p suggins said...

It would be difficult if not impossible to successfully blame Bush for this one, but other Republicans are handy, no?? Would be humorous if not so sleazy.

Miggie said...

It is the liberal's SOP... In any disagreement demonize the opposition first.

It comes from "Rules For Radicals."

Mr. Demon said...

"It is the liberal's SOP... In any disagreement demonize the opposition first."

Miggie wins the unintentional irony award for the day.

Miggie said...

Mr. Demon,
What I wrote was a another way of expressing the same notion as Rule #5 in Rules for Radicals. "“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

Further,as explained in Wikipedia: "Alinsky would find an external antagonist to turn into a common enemy for the community within which he was operating. .... His goal was to unite a group through conflict with an external antagonist. Once the enemy was established, the community would come together in opposition of it. -..... With an established external antagonist, the community’s goal would be to defeat that enemy, whether it be a politician, policy, or opposing agency.

It has been in liberal's playbook ever since and has been used countless times and is still the weapon of choice to this day.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Other Republicans are not only handy, but responsible.

1) If Republicans had actively gotten involved in crafting the ACA, I would have more options, including some relatively conservative options that I would prefer to have, like paying my own bills out of a health savings account while being insured against catastrophic events. Instead, the Republicans simply stood in a corner chanting "No" like the spoiled brats most of them are these days.

2) House committees controlled by Republicans chairs did everything possible to harrass organizations established to help the less astute navigate the applications process.

3) If not for 45 attempts to repeal legislation (without proposing any improvements), there wouldn't have been the same pressure to roll out an incomplete program on October 1 come hell or high water.

'Its remarkably handy to blame Hitler for WW II, but what about Churchill's responsibility for getting us into that mess...'

Gary Fouse said...


This is Obama's baby. That's why they call it Obamacare. They don't call it Boehnercare. Are you reading the latest? They knew all along 40-67% of people with private insurance would lose it. They knew that in July 2010. And Obama told us over and over again it wouldn't happen.

Oh, I forgot. They never told Obama. Nobody ever tells Obama anything. He just reads about it in the papers like you and me.

Enjoy your health insurance Siarlys.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

This is Obama's baby. That's why they call it Obamacare. They don't call it Boehnercare.

No, Boehner is not the author, he is the saboteur in chief. Calling the Affordable Care Act "Obamacare" was part of the campaign of sabotage, eventually embraced by the Obama 2012 campaign because it had become so ubiquitous, and he was and is proud of the substance to which the derisive lable was applied. (I still think that was a tactical error, but a small one).

Its easy to win a battle when nobody is shooting at you. When you face determined opposition, no matter how maliciously motivated, you have to tack and maneuver and expend ammunition that could have been better used, spend money on ammunition that could have been used for more enduring purposes.

The only thing anybody has belatedly claimed to "know" is that private parties would, to some degree of probability, cancel existing policies, with no direction from the president, who has no authority to issue such an order. Don't you have any argument with a scintilla or two of integrity? I have many criticisms of the ACA, but I can't get them heard amid all the smoke and dust you and your Dear Leaders are kicking up.

Gary Fouse said...


Are you auditioning for Jay Carney's job? Why was language added to the ACA that cancelled out the grandfather provision if companies changed their coverage policies? Because the ACA needs all those people to be in the program to pay for it. You sound like the captain of the Titanic telling people not to get in those lifeboats.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

As I've said before, I believe Jay Carney's job should be abolished. As we've both said before, I could indeed do his job better than he can. But if the president, whoever s/he may be in any given term, has something to say, the president should say it. If the president doesn't have time or inclination to speak on a subject, nobody should be authorized, much lest paid, to try to approximate what may or may not actually be in the president's mind.

Since the health care exchanges are based on policies written by private insurance companies, all those companies need is for the total load of policies to balance premiums with benefits, not for all policies to originate within the exchanges.

It is however possible that someone on one or another committee was concerned that companies would so drastically change the coverage offered by an existing policy, that a process should be opened for shifting individuals thus exploited to policies available through the exchanges.

Note to Demon: Miggie has a long history of characterizing people or events or organizations according to how it looks to Miggie, claiming that he is quoting from their own literature, and then offering a lame citation to words that have patently different meaning than the spin he gave them. Its called lying.