Actual NYT headline: “Sebelius resigns after troubles over health site”

A rather odd headline in the New York Times story about Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announcing her resignation last night.

“Sebelius Resigns After Troubles Over Health Site.”

Yes. Troubles from, you know, seven months ago.

While we’re at it, I suppose Sebelius also resigned after Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, and after that Juan Pablo jerk shafted Nikki (never trust the cute ones).

NYT-selebius-resigns

That’s not to say that Sebelius isn’t responsible for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) Web site snafu in early October of last year.  But it was seven months ago.

Something else happened between then and now: Sebelius got 7.5 million people to sign up for health insurance via the exchanges, another 3 million under-26-year-olds got health insurance via their parents’ plans, and more than 3 million got insurance under the Medicaid expansion that was also a part of Obamacare.

So the headline could have just as easily read: “Sebelius resigns after 13.5 million insured.”

But what fun would that be?


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  • ronbo

    First off… read more, blow-hard less. Those who immerse themselves in the issue THEN form an opinion, generally have better opinions.

    Knowing about these type integration projects makes criticism much more valuable.

  • dcinsider

    Yes, all knowing rondo, whatever you instruct.

  • ronbo

    I’d rather that you join us in the real world.

  • dcinsider

    If you disagree with me, why not just hold your breath until you turn blue. It would be a more mature retort.

  • ronbo

    For reaching 7,000,000 new insurance signups? Send your congratulations to Sebileus. Without her, it would not have happened.

    Without dcinsider, a diaper would now be empty

  • dcinsider

    God forbid someone be held accountable.

  • ronbo

    Not too stupid, just ignorant. Since you’ve never done it, it sounds easy. Can you sing De Quella Pira Il Trovatora? You heard it once… no problem? Now imagine doing it without practice AND meeting your goal, as did Sebelius?

    No go complain that your shoelaces aren’t the exact same length or that your computer isn’t fast enough. We are all aghast at your trials.

  • dcinsider

    Yeah, I’m just way too stupid to understand a complicated thing like this. C’mon guys, is that your best shot?

    Sebelius had three years and the resources of a federal agency behind her, and she blew it. You can make excuses for her if you want to, but in the end she was a disaster. Lousy on TV as emjayay notes, she obviously relied upon the bureaucrats in her office her were feeding her BS for three years, and was too disengaged to inquire or ask the right questions. Even she admits that was her failure.

    So spare me the tears and shirt-ripping of how hard it is to launch these endeavors.

    Guess what, governing is hard.

  • LanceThruster

    I’m surprised the headline wasn’t just —

    BENGHAZI!!!

  • ComradeRutherford

    NPR (National Propaganda Radio) said the same thing yesterday. ‘Sebelieus steps down 7 months after the failed rollout of the Obamacare website…’

  • emjayay

    OK, suddenly I’m curious. Whadda you look like?

  • emjayay

    Exactly. The NYT in particular and also the WaPo are continually cited by the right wingers as totally biased worthless super leftist new sources.

  • emjayay

    I agree with all of you. However, even though I know little about the particulars and am not in the business, at the time I thought if they suspected it might not be ready for prime time by the target date or maybe even if they did, it could have been started as a shopping site for a month or two where you just estimate income etc. to get the front half going well before adding the back half which is apparently the hard part since it involves hooking up with a lot of other departments. And apparently they didn’t have time to do the testing they should have.

    Then a lot later I read about some actual expert saying the same thing.

    Things were also of course complicated by a lot of states not setting up their own sites.

    Sibelious is always weak in any media appearances as well which I suspect reflects being maybe in some ways a weak manager.

  • lynchie

    Both are pond scum

  • lynchie

    I absolutely agree with you. The project was mammoth in scale. The GOP were trying every way they could to harpoon it and what we don’t know is who made the decisions to hire the software company. In addition every new piece of software has issues that aren’t caught. In this case we have 45 million uninsured many trying to log on at the same time and expecting it to be instantaneous. If you are in suburban or rural america your download/upload speed is usually crappy to say the least so things get caught up. Then you have the speed of your computer to add to the havoc. Yes it was frustrating but in the end most people got cheaper insurance with better coverage than they could afford before with no existing condition nonsense.
    The argument from the GOP is that Obama is forcing people to take insurance, well sure he is. Just like you have to have a license to drive a car, boat, airplane, etc. The 7.5 million subscribers now won’t be a burden to the taxpayers by going to the ER. The other thing that was underestimated was the hatred by the GOP governors who would not expand Medicare. This threw many very low income people out of the system with no where to turn and there was no one at the ACA who could explain that.
    If there was a major mistake made it was that Sebilius should have been on tv at least once a week for the past 4 years going over the program, explaining to all of us the problems cause by states refusing to expand Medicare. They should have done a better job doing ACA videos on You Tube and directing people to the sites. From a purely marketing point of view it was a disaster and the Dems as a party did not come out for the ACA they stayed in their closets afraid to say boo and waiting to be voted out of office.
    The ACA is here and now we have to press our congress to fix the problems and look to expanding it to single payer.

  • 4th Turning

    Thanks. I was thinking of ever how many gave a 110% of themselves to get this
    mammoth thing going. They have to know already it was worth their sacrifice as
    stories start coming in from some who’ve already benefited.

  • ronbo

    I don’t think you know what is involved in such a massive integration program, so I won’t insult the uneducated.

    I’ve been involved in the staffing of many, many integration projects and this one has had an excellent roll-out. First generation software projects rarely succeed as well as ACA. Sprint’s ION project had three different versions and not one was successful – over a 5 year period! Integration solutions between a telco and even a minor vendor takes years of planning – something Sebilius didn’t have. Then add in the complexity of thousands of different healthcare options AND states actively working to create problems. It certainly wasn’t perfect; but, it was more successful than 95% of the IT/telco projects that I’ve seen.

    DCInsider, speak out when you have a valid point; but, don’t flout an opinion based upon ignorance.

  • 2karmanot

    Or Benghazi?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Hell, let’s go looooong on this:

    “Sibelius resigns after dinosaurs killed by asteroid impact.”

  • espana

    Other New York Times headlines from the past:
    “Eisenhower resigns in disgrace on May 8, 1945 after Battle of the Bulge”

  • Indigo

    I’m not a Sebelius fan but this is not a post hoc ergo propter hoc situation. She managed her way through the crisis and kudos for doing so. Now hand it off before it gets messy again. Good thinking, really.

  • cole3244

    obama has proven time and time again that he is a political heavyweight at election time but weak, foolish, and uninterested the rest of the time.

  • jomicur

    Are we sure it wasn’t Watergate?

  • dcinsider

    Well, I’m not inclined to give Sebelius a pass here.

    There was ONE signature piece of legislation for this Administration, and she was the ONE person responsible to make sure it was implemented correctly. She did not just fail, she failed in a spectacular fashion. It was political malpractice for her not to have engaged, and I mean on a daily basis, to make sure that the roll-out was trouble free. Her incompetence was inexcusable, and it set back the Administration, and many other important policy issues, for well over six months.

    Democrats were on the defensive, and remain so today, because of her inexcusable stupidity. I recognize that what she was responsible for happened several months ago, but in terms of political screw-ups, it ranks among the very worst in modern history.

    Good riddance.

  • MichaelS

    Why not “Sebelius resigns after Republicans demand her resignation” or “Sebelius resigns after Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc” for that matter?….

  • 4th Turning

    Chris Jennings, White House adviser on health care, steps down
    By Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin,

    Chris Jennings, the White House’s coordinator of health reform, has resigned six months after he was recruited to try to iron out the implementation of major aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

    Jennings said in an interview Thursday that he decided to leave after he landed in the hospital last month with a health scare after working the long, intense hours typical of senior White House aides.

    On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough commented on the departure, saying, “We are all focused on reducing health-care costs and implementing the Affordable Care Act. Nobody did so with more intellect, fortitude and heart than Chris Jennings.”

  • 4th Turning

    In November 2005, Time named Sebelius as one of the five best governors in America, praising her for eliminating a $1.1 billion debt she inherited, ferreting out waste in state government, and strongly supporting public education – all without raising taxes, although she proposed raising sales, property, and income taxes.[22] The article also praised her bipartisan approach to governing, a useful trait in a state where Republicans have usually controlled the Legislature.[23]

  • 2patricius2

    Well, chronologically the headline is correct. But the headline gives the impression that she resigned because of the problems. I imagine she was exhausted after having worked to get the law passed and implemented, going through attacks in Congressional hearings and in the press, etc. for years. But she stuck with it and left after the problems were resolved and the plan was implemented and the numbers of people enrolled have exceeded expectations. She didn’t bail like Sarah Palin in the middle of her term. She resigned after her work was done and the plan was successfully implemented. So I say kudos to the Secretary, and if the Affordable Care Act turns out to be a great success, she will be remembered in history for her part in bringing about that success.

  • S1AMER

    Too many bozos in the nation press have never experienced the terrors of life with no insurance and no money, but they’ve all had to deal with a bug or two on line. Knowing more about the latter (horrors! a ten minute wait to get to Facebook!), they focus on what they know, and disregard the millions of Americans whose lives are now better thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

    Sometimes I wonder which is worse, the evildoers on the right, or the indifferent hacks of the national press.

  • GlennF

    WaPo also currently has the same kind of odd headline: “Sebelius resigns after flawed rollout Of health-care site”.

    So much for the supposed “liberal” news media.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    NYT fail.

  • Tor

    It’s always more fun to play with sharp sticks than nerf balls.

  • Straightnotnarrow

    Hunh. I figured it was Benghazi that forced her resignation.

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