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We’ll be talking the Sebelius effect vs the Obamacare effect in the six o’clock hour. In the Seven O’Clock hour Robert spencer will join us to talk Brandeis and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and in the 8 O’Clock Hour Bill Kristol will join me on the show to discuss his Thursday appearance on Morning Joe and the incredible hidden accomplishments of Hillary Clinton.
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President Barack Obama will announce the resignation of Sebelius and the nomination of Burwell, currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, at the White House this morning, officials said. Both women will attend.
While the specific timing of this caught people off guard, it was a given. Sebelius’ job was to be the face of every Obamacare disaster, to sit at those hearings, to lie through her teeth, to be, rather than the author, the image of disaster. She did it well but not anymore.
A Kathleen Sebelius still in office, able to be called before the House and able to add commercial ready footage to the incredible collection of video already compiled by every GOP campaign managers nationwide was simply unacceptable in an election year with the senate in danger.
So before the ad season began in earnest Secretary Sebelius had to go, her usefulness as a decoy at an end, replaced by a new face who can claim to have nothing to do with the debacle.
The second card played was the old Journo-list card via that old Journo-lister Ezra Klein.
Healthcare.gov isn’t perfect, but it works. We don’t yet know how many young people signed up in March, but it’s clear that there are enough of them to keep premiums stable in 2015. It’s clear that insurers are going to stick with the program in 2015, and compete hard to sign up next year’s wave of young, healthy applicants.
This is consistent with the White’s House meme of Obamacare as a success, it’s no different that the bogus 7.1 million number inflated according to Rand by only 3 million plus or the one day photo op sans any pol with skin in the game claiming mission accomplished (despite tens of millions still uninsured).
James Taranto’s natural reaction to such a statement not withstanding…
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…the Klein template will be picked up by every other liberal outlet. Already as I type this Morning Joe table is quoting him. The whole “Obamacare conversation is over” will be the theme of every single morning show today and will be the coordinated message of each administration apologist on the Sunday shows this weekend.
That’s the Sebelious effect that the White House is trying to amply assuring the base the worm has turned. There is however one thing that the White House and the Sebelious effect can’t overcome, the Obamacare effect.
The costs of Obamacare are a reality, the cancelled policies, the higher prices people are paying for insurance, the tax penalties, the increased healthcare costs all actually exist. As time goes on they will continue to hit more and more of the voting public.
And while they have delayed the employer mandate till after the election, businesses planning for next year will continue to move as many people as possible off of full time work in preparation for the costs and penalties mandated by law continue to inch closer.
This is the Obamacare effect and no about of shuffling chairs on the Titanic can change the reality of it. The question is: Will the administration & their media allies be able to distract enough of their low information voters before they notice the ship talking in water and run for the lifeboats.
NOTE: This will be a topic tomorrow both on DaTechGuy on DaRadio (noon till 2 est) on the Money Matters Radio network and on Conservatively Speaking where I’ll be guest hosting 6-9 AM tomorrow morning.
Some White House watchers noted at the time that Sebelius did not join Obama at the podium as he celebrated the surge in enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, nor did he recognize his Cabinet secretary.
The spin is now roses so Sebelius could not be in that picture.
Democrats and their media allies may be luring Republicans into a “War on Women” trap, setting up a situation in which a bunch of old white guys are seen attacking a female nominee.
This trap could best be avoided simply by calling attention to how the administration is deliberately setting up Burwell.
Having made one woman (Sebelius) a scapegoat for ObamaCare’s failures to date, now the White House disingenuously shoves another top female administration official into the political meat-grinder, hoping to obtain a short-term political benefit from Burwell’s public humiliation in Senate hearings. Considering how Hillary Clinton was scapegoated for the Benghazi massacre, Republicans might well ask, “Why does Obama always blame women for his failures?”
The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.
Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn’t lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.”
Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn’t know to use their computer properly and needed more time.
“What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said at his weekly press conference.
He was responding to the administration’s announcement on Tuesday evening that people who had begun the process of signing up for insurance through the federal exchanges would have until mid-April to do so, instead of March 31.
The Speaker called the move “another deadline made meaningless,” adding it to a litany of unilateral changes that the administration has made to the law.
“This is part of a long-term pattern of this administration manipulating the law for its own convenience,” Boehner said. “It’s not hard to understand why the American people question this administration’s commitment to the rule of law.”
I’ve got stories here. “Sebelius Says Mandate Won’t Be Delayed,”
and then another one: “On a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille said even if officials wanted to, her agency didn’t have the authority to delay the enrollment deadline. ‘We have no plans to extend the open enrollment period,’ Bataille said.
“‘In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.'” Sebelius says the mandate won’t be delayed; then Pfeiffer says it won’t be delayed. The spokesperson says, “[W]e don’t actually have the statutory authority to” do it, and yet last night they announced the delay.
But all of this is moot, the Democrats could not agree to the Ted Cruz delay of Obamacare because Health and Human SErvices Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made it absolutely clear to the Senate Finance Committee last November…
People’s lives depend on this
Apparently Democrat senators with their seats in peril depending on help trump the lives of any ordinary people.
If all of this give you a feeling on Deja-vu. It should.
Exit question: How much do you think the campaigns of vulnerable Democrat Senators up for re-election in November who are scared to death by Fl-13, Nate Silver and Celinda Lake would have paid to have this issue off the table till late Oct?
Update: I want to remind everyone what I wrote last October when the entire GOP was beating up on Cruz
Ted Cruz make a fight that the establishment shied away from. He took on a position for principle not popular with the media and public. He made that fight with lots of risks and little upside and pushed the media to the point where that media made absolutely sure that the entire country knew which party wanted to stop Obamacare and which party with one voice was dedicated to protecting Obamacare from repeal and or delay at all costs….
…right up until they weren’t….
…My exit question for Karl Rove & Company: How many millions of dollars from Big money donors would you have paid to put Democrats up for election in 2014 in such a spot?
Never forget GOP Senator Ted Cruz did this for you.
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