Kathleen Sebelius: Obamacare Scapegoat
by Cal Thomas
Dictionary.com offers two definitions for scapegoat: "1. A person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place; 2. Chiefly biblical. A goat let loose in the wilderness on
Both definitions seem to fit the announcement of the "resignation" of Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of
It wasn't entirely Sebelius' fault, though her experience with a website when she was governor of Kansas should have sounded alarm bells. As The Daily Caller website reported last October, "Sebelius oversaw numerous costly and disastrous government website projects during her six-year governorship ... including a failed update of the
Kansas Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee told the Daily Caller about this: "In the
When you're spending taxpayer money, apparently successful outcomes is not a requirement.
Sebelius was tasked with putting the square peg of government into the round hole of free enterprise and competition. It didn't work in Washington any better than it did in Kansas. The problem wasn't just the Obamacare website. The problem was, and remains, Obamacare itself.
Those who have been paying attention know that the administration's claim to have signed up more than 7 million people during the open enrollment period is bogus when one-fifth of those who are counted as "enrolled" have not paid their premiums. Costs have escalated, possibly discouraging new customers. Only 14 percent of those who have enrolled in Obamacare were previously uninsured, according to a
The question remains: Why do so many people put their faith in government, when it does so few things well and with efficiency and reasonable cost? We don't even seem to be able to win wars anymore, so why would anyone have faith that the government can do a better job of directing health insurance and inevitably dictating who gets health care and who does not than the private sector, or at best a private-public partnership?
President Obama's nominee to replace Sebelius, budget director Sylvia Burwell, might turn out to be better at fixing websites, but she doesn't have the power to fix Obamacare. No one does because it is based on a weak foundation and the notion that government can do anything. Obamacare is the wizard behind the curtain, but without the glimmer of Oz to back it up.
(Cal Thomas' latest book is What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America)
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