Kathleen Sebelius

HHS’s Kathleen Sebelius was right to resign

It is tough to take a party’s criticism of ACA implementation issues seriously when they are in total opposition to the underlying policy from the start and actively tried to sabotage it at every turn.

The Congressional Republicans attacked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for problems with the federal exchanges but it is hard to believe many of the Republicans were really unhappy about it. Most of them wanted the exchanges to fail, that is why they didn’t help by providing extra funds even after it became clear the federal government’s job was going to be bigger than originally planned. That is why so many Republican states refused to set up their exchanges or expand Medicaid.

From the Republican perspective Sebelius performed the way they wanted her to. For Republicans to then call for her resignation over problems they helped create is deeply cynical and self-serving, but they also weren’t technically wrong.

Ultimately, while her department eventually fixed Healthcare.gov after several months there is no reason it shouldn’t been working in the first place. They had three years to build it, that is plenty of time to test it before the rollout. There was no excuse for what happened. Sebelius had a job and she failed. When you fail miserably you should lose your job.

Sebelius should have resigned and I’m glad to see that she has. Our government has a disturbing lack of accountability.

Congressional Republicans were “right” about the fact she should resign, but only to the extend a stopped clock happens to be right twice a day. If you choose to blindly oppose everything, you will sometimes happen to be right.