Hat tip John Speedie for audio
Few government apparatchiks have done as much damage to so many Americans as Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
As the prime implementer of Obamacare, she gave new meaning to the oft-heard complaint of "death panels" this year when she refused to use her authority to grant a transplant waiver for a dying 12-year-old girl. Only the intercession of a judge enabled the girl to get a life-saving transplant. Sebelius, in explaining her rationale, was quoted as saying, "Some people live and some people die."
But when the Obamacare roll out proved to be such a disaster, Sebelius took center stage across the nation. She looked for people to blame other than herself and the president. She blamed the Republicans. (Apologies to Tommy Lasorda and the late Al Campanis.)
At all costs, Sebelius protected President Obama. He, of course, was never told there were any problems with the roll out web site.
In addition, she misled Congress about the web site.
And she blamed the web site contractors.
Incredibly, this woman, in spite of her arrogance, incompetence and her lying, remains in office. I can only attribute that to the belief that she is protecting Obama and his own incompetence and dishonesty with the American people about this health care train wreck.
But the web site is the least of the problems. Already, over 5 million people have lost their insurance. The whole situation today is in chaos as Obama grants deadline delays and waivers that are driving the insurance companies and state agencies involved in the sign ups nuts. In 2014, the effects of Obamacare will play themselves out with even more disastrous results for tens of millions of Americans. For 2013, Kathleen Sibelius richly deserves her Golden Penguin as the Fousesquawk Jerk of the Year.