HHS Secretary: ObamaCare Website Didn’t Crash, It Just Doesn’t Work


Kathleen Sebelius’s Congressional testimony was a masterpiece of hairsplitting. The HHS Secretary explained that the ObamaCare website hadn’t crashed, it was just loading slowly and completely unreliable.

Health and Human Service secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed under oath today that the federal government’s largely dysfunctional Healthcare.gov website has never crashed, even though the site was down as she testified.

“I would suggest the website has never crashed,” Sebelius said during Wednesday’s House Commerce and Energy Committee hearing. “It is functional, but at a very slow speed and very low reliability, and has continued to function.”

The distinction means that a tiny fraction of people have been able to successfully use the website. It’s a little like saying that 99% of Washington burnt down, not 100%.

Healthcare.gov doesn’t work… but it didn’t crash. At least on their backend. You just can’t use it. It’s not a dead website. It’s just pining for the fjords.

More hairsplitting came when asked about people losing their health insurance plans.

Sebelius disputed contentions that people are losing health insurance under the new law. If people get notices of cancellation because their existing insurance was not grandfathered in and does not meet minimum standards, “it’s the law that they must get another plan,” Sebelius said. “Continuing coverage is part of the law, and that wasn’t the case in the past.”

They’re not losing their health insurance, in the sense that it’s illegal for them not to have health insurance. They’re losing their good and affordable health insurance and being forced to pay far more for bad high deductible ObamaCare insurance… that does cover drug abuse, mental problems and maternity for everyone… including 59 year old women.

Sebelius’ equivocation reminds me of Anatole France’s “In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets, and steal loaves of bread.”

Nobody loses health insurance. They just lose health insurance that they can afford to pay for.

Sebelius, trying to explain a nightmare of non-functioning websites and canceled insurance policies, argued that the free market had to go. “This market has always been the Wild West,” she said. “The individual insurance market was dysfunctional.”

Do you know what’s functional? Individual insurance market websites. Do you know what isn’t functional? Sebelius’ Healthcare.gov gulag.

  • Gee

    Kind of like the Eurotrash claiming not to be anti-semitic. They don’t hate all semites – just the Jewish ones

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Don’t you love that one?

  • tagalog

    I’m glad Sibelius has explained the problem so articulately.

    It’s just as good an explanation as the one that was given back in 1989, when the Soviets were explaining why the government wasn’t supplying wheat for bread to the bakeries so the people could eat. Just a glitch in the wheat production system, nothing to worry about…

  • antioli

    Perhaps she should lay off the pipe weed.

  • fred

    Marxist, collectivism insanity in a nutshell: Today, democrats actually defended Obama’s (You can keep your plan. Period.) lie by stating that the insurance plan cancellations affect only 5-7% of the population. If you are in ANY expendable minority ( 5-7% of the population that liked their plans, the tea party, an ex-Navy Seal left to die while fighting off a jihad attack in Benghazi ) you can be sacrificed at any time by the evil Progressive monster.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Divide and conquer: Kill one faction at a time.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The distinction means that a tiny fraction of people have been able to successfully use the website. It’s a little like saying that 99% of Washington burnt down, not 100%.”

    Processes and services crashed on the web site, but the SITE DID NOT CRASH!!!!

    Woohooo!

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “They’re losing their good and affordable health insurance and being forced to pay far more for bad high deductible ObamaCare insurance… that does cover drug abuse, mental problems and maternity for everyone… including 59 year old women.”

    They’re losing their good and affordable health insurance and being forced to pay far more for doubleplusgood high deductible ObamaCare insurance.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “The individual insurance market was dysfunctional.”

    According to Marx.

    • BS77

      Watch as this UNaffordable health care legislation crashes…it is an unsustainable, unworkable socialist mess……even Democrats are saying so….

  • http://veritasdomain.wordpress.com/ SLIMJIM

    The saying has a whole new meaning now: You can’t fix stupid