April 11, 2014 |
It's doubtful that anyone ever expected the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of Health and Human Services--whether it came last fall during the website disaster or on Thursday, when it actually was announced--to bring clarity to the national debate over the Affordable Care Act. And it hasn't. Most of the reporting of her announcement has highlighted the rocky launch of the government's enrollment portal, HealthCare.gov. The law's surprising success in overcoming its stumble at the starting gate, as represented by this week's announcement that 7.5 million Americans have signed up for insurance for 2014 via the state and federal exchanges, gets second billing at best.
April 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON -- Enrollment in healthcare exchanges created under Obamacare has risen to 7.5 million and is expected to continue increasing, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a Senate committee Thursday. Sebelius' announcement marks a 400,000-person uptick since Obama announced last week that 7.1 million Americans had signed up for coverage through marketplaces on the final day of open enrollment. The administration's original tally didn't include Americans who, because of issues signing up, received an extension until April 15. "During these past six months, millions have obtained the security and peace-of-mind of affordable health coverage," Sebelius said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing about her department's budget for 2015.
April 10, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama's landmark healthcare law, is stepping down as Health and Human Services secretary after about five years, according to a senior administration official. In her place, the president plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget. Sebelius was not pressured to resign, according to the administration official. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law's new online insurance marketplaces last fall.
November 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Ten Republican senators have called on President Obama to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its troubled website. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and nine other senators told Obama they were concerned not only with the botched rollout of healthcare.gov, but the implementation of the broader law, which they all oppose. Dozens of House Republicans have also pushed for Sebelius' dismissal.
October 31, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In her first appearance before Congress since the botched debut of the federal healthcare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized for the "debacle," accepted responsibility and promised the technical problems could be fixed. Sebelius acknowledged that enrolling in insurance plans through the federal government's online marketplace was a “miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans” - an observation Republicans repeatedly underscored by pointing to a screen that showed in real time that the website, healthcare.gov, was displaying an error message.
October 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday apologized that the new healthcare website has been a “miserably frustrating experience for way too many Americans” and told a congressional panel she was accountable for the failings while promising they were “fixable.” “Problems are being solved. But we know that we don't have a fully functioning system that consumers need and deserve,” she said. “We're still at the beginning of a six-month open enrollment which extends through the end of March.