It took months, but finally someone lost a job over the disastrous Obamacare rollout. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned from her post, and Obama is nominating Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take her place. The NYT has the story:
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 usual cheerleaders have been waving the pompoms over the grand success of Obamacare ever since the law passed the seven million enrollment mark, though that milestone may not be all it’s cracked up to be. And if things are going so well, why isn’t Secretary Sibelius leaving on a high note? She presided over Obamacare’s glittering success, after all. The fact is, the White House is so exuberant over the dramatic success of its signature health care law that the woman who managed the process is being driven out of her job. That should tell you all you need to know about what the White House really thinks about how Obamacare is doing.