Now that the Obamacare insurance exchange website has been declared an abject disaster, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has locked herself in her bunker and refuses to come out — even when invited by Congress.
It wasn’t always that way. She made numerous appearances before Congress, reiterating each time that the Affordable Care Act’s website was “on track” for an Oct. 1 rollout. She even touted HealthCare.gov as “the easiest, most user-friendly website to use” and compared it to other “shopping online” experiences.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Beady, R-Texas, apparently a skeptic, specifically asked Sebelius what contingency plans her department had in place if HealthCare.gov wasn’t up and running by its deadline. She assured him none were necessary.
Given all Sebelius’ grandstanding, she’s now uncharacteristically silent, even rejecting the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s invitation to publicly answer questions about HealthCare.gov’s colossal failure, according to the committee website.
“It’s well past time for the administration to be straight and transparent with the American people,” committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich, said on the website. “Top administration officials repeatedly testified everything was on track, but the broad technological failures reveal that was not the case.”
While the Obama administration was quick to boast the number of visitors HealthCare.gov had, Upton said, it’s been noticeably silent about the number of enrollees.
During the first week, HealthCare.gov enrolled a mere 0.4 percent of its visitors, according to CompletePulse. Some states reported no enrollees at all, and as of Tuesday, traffic at HealthCare.gov was down 88 percent.
“Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress,” Upton said on the committee website.
Former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the rollout “excruciatingly embarrassing” on MSNBC Monday, and said when the dust finally clears, “I hope they fire some people who were in charge.”
I have just the person in mind.
H/T: The folks at Weasel Zippers, who compiled the video.