No Conservative Should Want Kathleen Sebelius Fired

Reince Priebus of the Repubican National Committee was dead wrong:

“If Apple launched a major new product that functioned as badly as ObamaCare’s online insurance marketplace, the tech world would be calling for [CEO] Tim Cook’s head.”

That searing indictment of Obamacare didn’t come from a conservative. Those were the words of the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein — yes, liberal Ezra Klein —and Evan Soltas in a blog post on Oct. 4, just three days after the online Obamacare marketplace opened. They were right.

Priebus launches from Ezra Klein’s statement to infer that Kathleen Sebelius should be fired.

That’s just crazy.

When Apple launches a new product, it is something that works well, looks beautiful, and helps people do things. Apple products are desirable for their design and usefulness. Even if one of those products was messed up somehow at launch, it would be fixable because of its original plan and design.

None of those things apply to the Affordable Care Act. The Administration is trying to feed the American people a turd sandwich. If Sebelius messed that up then let’s keep her in office in the hope she continues to be so useful!

In fact, heaping up blame on Kathleen Sebelius could easily become a way of defending Obamacare. Obama has already taken a step in this direction by saying that the program is not the website.

Correct; the program is much worse.

The problem with Obamacare is not the website and the problem with either Obamacare or the Department of Health and Human Services is not Kathleen Sebelius.

The problem with Obamacare is Obamacare. And the Department of Health and Human Services will be a totalitarian nightmare no matter who is put in charge of the department.

I think it is a great idea to use this current disaster as an excuse to question Sebelius, but the questions should mainly be directed at Obamacare itself. Questions should bring up the costs of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses, the elderly patients who are losing access to their doctors, and the work she did in making the “grandfather clause,” that would have permitted people to keep their plans if they wanted to do so, a dead letter.

Obama and his henchmen and/or controllers are desperately looking for a scapegoat right now. You know that, if they can’t frame the Tea Party or Republicans, they will happily settle for Sebelius.

We should not be helping Obama shift blame away from the Affordable Care Act and its authors and promoters.