I have a question for my liberal friends who still think Barack Obama is a great president. Why has he tolerated the lies, and there is no other word for them, of Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius?
I’m not talking about predictions for the Affordable Care Act that were simply off the mark. These were comments that she denied ever making. This is not just a case of too much enthusiasm. Mrs. Sebelius is the leading spokeswoman for the system that is turning health care on its head.
It should be apparent to even Obama’s most loyal supporters that the health care plan is a monstrous failure that will take years to sort out. Meanwhile, millions of Americans have been notified that their health insurance has been canceled. But the Health and Human Service secretary claims that “Obamacare” is a glowing success, in spite of the fact that her measure of that success would be 7 million people enrolled by the end of March.
Another emphatic statement that Sebelius made was that there would be no loss of jobs because of Obamacare. When it was demonstrated that, in fact, many workers were let go, she insisted that she never said otherwise.
If you’re thinking that this is a “he said, she said” situation, you might want to look online, where you can find videos of Sebelius making the exact forecasts she now denies ever having made.
There are several major problems related to her dishonesty: First, how does someone who has been found to be, well, a liar, keep her job as head of the agency in charge of the most disruptive system ever forced on the American people? Next, what does this have to say about the cheery optimism of the president himself when he knows the Affordable Care Act looks like a total failure? Perhaps most worrisome is the possibility, no, probability, that Obama and his crew are just starting their attempt to enlarge the role of government in our lives.
Once again, I’ll mention the hero of the left, the late Saul Alinsky, who wrote the infamous “Rules for Radicals,” the blueprint for the imposition of socialism in this country. Obama has quoted Alinsky, who offered the rule, “Say one thing and do another.”
I’m not sure whether the president is trying to impose single-payer health care, in which all medical services are in the hands of the government, but there’s no question that he’s off to a good start. Except there’s one major roadblock: poll after poll says that the Affordable Care Act is not popular with the American people. If you believe the worst of Obama, you might think that he knew there would be a multitude of problems, because then he could say that the only solution to the medical mess would be full-blown socialized medicine.
I’ve always been extremely skeptical when it comes to conspiracy theories, but you have to wonder whether Kathleen Sebelius was advised to deny what she had earlier claimed. If you work in the Obama White House, you know that the first rule is not to make the president look bad. If that entails sacrificing your integrity, it just comes with the job.
Bud Stevenson, a retired stockbroker, lives in Fairfield. Reach him at [email protected]