A lot of going back in time, recently. I guess I was inspired by “The Big Bang Theory’s” segment where Leonard buys the H.G. Wells time machine. Well, a couple of years ago the passage of ObamaCare was done in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. Thereafter Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, was assigned the task of implementing ObamaCare. It was known then, and I forget when this happened, but sometime early last year that Sebelius had never been to the White House alone to meet with the president on the implementation.
They put that out there to say she’s not on the White House list so they would accept the criticism-you didn’t even meet with her. What they wanted to cement in place was, that’s right we didn’t meet with her, and we might be a little bit incompetent believing it was progressing, but were not complicit in the catastrophe. Obama had to distance himself from the catastrophe. He would accept a little criticism from the right-wing snipers: “Well isn’t that a little incompetent,” “Shouldn’t you have met with her”, “Shouldn’t you have dealt with this thing personally”, “Shouldn’t you been involved in the rollout.” Obama was willing to accept that, but he is not willing to accept he was actually involved.
It turns out he was involved up to his eyebrows because it turns out now that Sebelius made many trips to the White House and as The Hill puts it hadfrequent contact with president Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year. Sebelius has said under oath, by the way, to Congress that the president was not aware of healthcare.gov’s problems. But The Hill went with the freedom of information act and got 750 pages of documents revealing that Sibelius met with or attended conference calls and events with Obama at least eighteen times between October 27, 2012 and October 6 of 2013, five days after the rollout.
The list includes at least seven times in which the two were scheduled to discuss the new health care law specifically and privately. She also had breakfast or lunch with Peter Rouse, one of Obama’s closest advisors and former Chief of Staff at least three times. Sibelius scheduled calls or meetings with Valerie Jarrett and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. She met or had calls with Chris Jennings the White House senior healthcare advisor at least seven times in the run-up to the October 1st launch. As The Hill puts it: “The schedule suggests that Sebelius was an active White House presence in the months leading up to the botched rollout and raised new questions about why Obama wouldn’t have
known about the problems that were exposed on October 1.”
Whoops this is The Hill. This is the publication for capitol hill, this is a pro-Obama, pro- progressive, pro-government, pro-tax Hill. This is not some tea party publication. They went and said wait a minute, it is impossible to believe that Obama didn’t know and didn’t participate in the rollout of his signature of legislation. Of course, he knew. They also probably had a bunch eyewitnesses that Sebelius was there, even though the White House logs had been scrubbed. Apparently, any notices of these meetings have been erased from the official White House logs. Obama would rather take the guff from being hands off instead of the guff from being hands on to a debacle.
Now The Hill has proven that he was hands-on, and had to have known because we have documented seven times in September and indeed throughout the summer of 2013, there had been repeated memos back and forth about problems with the software, with the of rollout of the healthcare.gov, with the interface, with the state health insurance exchanges. We know all that. Now we know that all of that was also known by President Obama before October 1 . We also know that “at the highest levels” when there was an appeal to push the October 1 deadline back in order to fix some of the problems, “ at the highest
levels” they said no.