The Thuggery of Obamacare Czarina Kathleen Sebelius


largeU.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is allergic to the truth. She is the ruthless enforcer of Obamacare’s Jenga tower of lies upon lies upon lies. Now that this fatally flawed government edifice is collapsing, you can expect Sebelius to do what she has done her entire career: blame, bully and pile on more lies.

Three years ago, when insurers and other companies had the audacity to expose Obamacare’s damage to their customers and workers, Sebelius brought out her brass knuckles. Remember? As I reported at the time, the White House coordinated a demonization campaign against Anthem Blue Cross in California for raising rates because of the new mandate’s costs. Obama singled out the company in a “60 Minutes” interview, and Sebelius sent a nasty-gram demanding that Anthem “justify” its rate hikes to the federal government.

A private company trying to survive in the marketplace was forced to “explain” itself to federal bureaucrats and career politicians who have never run a business (successful or otherwise) in their lives. Sebelius went even further. She called on Anthem to provide public disclosure of how the rate increases would be spent — a mandate that no other private companies must follow.

In an even more heavy-handed effort to suppress criticism, Sebelius wrote America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the national association of health insurers, “calling on their members to stop using scare tactics and misinformation to falsely blame premium increases for 2011 on the patient protections in the Affordable Care Act.” The threatening cease-and-desist letter commanded: “I urge you to inform your members that there will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases. … Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as insurers blame their premium hikes and increased profits on the requirement that they provide consumers with basic protections.”

The speech-stifling gag order declared war on every opponent of Obamacare who dared to question the administration’s phony claims of cost-savings or expanded access.

When McDonald’s notified the feds that it might have to cancel health insurance plans for 30,000 workers because of Obamacare’s effective prohibition on low-cost plans, Sebelius slammed The Wall Street Journal for reporting the story. She then rushed to issue McDonald’s an Obamacare waiver, the first of thousands to quell criticism and bleeding.

Health care policy analyst Merrill Matthews points out that Sebelius cracked her whip against health insurer Humana even before the law had passed. When the insurer warned seniors that an Obamacare proposal to cut reimbursements could harm their Medicare Advantage benefits and coverage, Sebelius demanded that the company “suspend potentially misleading mailings to beneficiaries about health care and insurance reform.”

The warning, of course, proved true. In September 2010, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care canceled MA policies covering 22,000 seniors precisely because of Obamacare rules on reimbursements and MA-style plans.

Sebelius’ power-mad partner on Capitol Hill, Henry Waxman, targeted companies including Deere, Caterpillar, Verizon and ATT in a brass-knuckled effort to silence companies speaking out about the cost implications and financial burdens of Obamacare. After the firms reported write-downs related to the Obamacare mandate (disclosures that are required by law), Waxman scheduled an inquisition hearing to berate them publicly. After the Democrats’ own congressional staff pointed out that the companies “acted properly and in accordance with accounting standards” in submitting filings that were required by law, Waxman called off the hounds.

It was a temporary reprieve. Caught with their pants down on the Obamacare website abomination and unable to stifle the cries of millions of Americans who are unable to keep the plans and doctors they like, Sebelius and her corrupt company are now blaming insurers, contractors and customers for the Obama administration’s ideological mess. In short: They lied, but for your own good. Culture of Corruption 101.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Sebelius’s obvious anger issues suggest that she needs to start immediately on a program of estrogen injections.

  • I Glove the Line

    Leave it to Obama to pick the worst possible person for every job.

    • frankstclair

      For his purposes, she was the best. Didn’t Hitler also choose iron fisted willing accomplices?

  • davarino

    Oh Sebelius, why the long face? hahahaha I crack myself up some times.

    This admin is so corrupt I have to laugh to keep myself from goin all 1773 on these guys. We need to declare independance from Washington. Wow, I bet the founders never thought this would happen.

  • nomoretraitors

    Damn Kansas for giving us this b****

    • quousque

      She was the ‘iron lady’ of abortion industry while Governor there. That is her street creed and it shows.

      • Magdalene

        She supported Tiller the killer abortionist. And look what happened to Phill Klein for trying to show what she and her abortion cronies have done. These types will destroy you if you stand in their killing path.

  • LawReader

    At NO point – before, during or after passage of this debacle…

    Did it have the support of a *majority* of Americans. So much for government representing the ‘Will of the People’, eh?

    Somebody please flash-freeze Sebelius and Obama – so future generations will have intact idiots to mock.

  • Sebeliuslies

    Has anybody noticed the similarity between Sebelius and Cerberus (the multi-headed female dog of greek-roman mythology)?

  • Unc Remus

    Inept, Incompetent and Obtuse… are the good quality’s of the Obama Regime…

  • timpottorff

    The Alinskyites are in power and will fight like a mad dog to grow the Leviathan. The beast is hungry and must be fed and lies and class-warfare are the way they can deceive the sheep.

    • veeper

      yep…..it is a WAR to them ….

      they have come to close to lose now….

      there is not anything a human can imagine that these people will not do now to win…..

      some in the Tea party have understood this….

      republicans and main street america had better realize that they are in a WAR they don’t know about and they are losing…..very close to utter defeat…

  • ApolloSpeaks

    DETROIT IS OBAMAVILLE
    By transforming America into “A More Perfect Union” Barack Obama means “A More Perfect Dependency Union” of ever increasing poverty, degradation, and social pathologies-the terrible hell born from good intentions. The growth of state power and control at the cost of human dignity, productivity and economic freedom means the Detroiting of America….with more citizens taking benefits, subsidies and handouts from government (in an unchecked entitlement state) than are paying in taxes. The same big government mentality that ruined Detroit in the names of fairness, equality, shared prosperity, and social justice (with high taxation, fat pensions and redistribution of wealth) is fanatically alive in the White House blindly bent on staying the course to nationalizing Detroit while hoping for a different outcome. As the third worlding and bankrupting of Detroit (which Obama swore wouldn’t happen) foreshadows what Obama and Democrats are doing to America it’s not miststaken to say that Obama owns Detroit and that DETROIT IS OBAMAVILLE….click/googlewww.apollospeaks.com to continue reading

    By transforming America into “A More Perfect Union” Barack Obama means “A More Perfect Dependency Union” of ever increasing poverty, degradation, and social pathologies-the terrible hell born from good intentions. The growth of state power and control at the cost of human dignity, productivity and economic freedom means the Detroiting of America….with more citizens taking benefits, subsidies and handouts from government (in an unchecked entitlement state) than are paying in taxes. The same big government mentality that ruined Detroit in the names of fairness, equality, shared prosperity, and social justice (with high taxation, fat pensions and redistribution of wealth) is fanatically alive in the White House blindly bent on staying the course to nationalizing Detroit while hoping for a different outcome. As the third worlding and bankrupting of Detroit (which Obama swore wouldn’t happen) foreshadows what Obama and Democrats are doing to America it’s not miststaken to say that Obama owns Detroit and that DETROIT IS OBAMAVILLE….click/googlewww.apollospeaks.com to continue reading

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    In his book “Inside the Third Reich,” Albert Speer relates one incident in which Hermann Goering refused to accept that American fighters had finally encroached into German skies, despite the irrefutable evidence presented by one of his generals. Goering simply countered the evidence by issuing an official order stating that nobody saw any fighters. Speer describes the exchange: “. . . [Goering] acted like a bankrupt who up to the last moment wants to deceive himself along with his creditors.”

    Albert Speer eventually faced up to reality, though not soon enough to avoid a twenty-year imprisonment for war crimes. On the other hand, there were those in the Nazi regime who had become incapable of facing up to the delusional world they’d created. Hitler, along with his top officials, Goering, Himmler,
    and Goebbels preferred to take their own lives rather than face the harsh realities of their destructive regime. How ironic that these criminal despots finally met the harshest reality of all.

  • FrontPgSubscr

    This is absolute, unadulterated, utter paragon of pure liberalism …

  • veeper

    obama surrounds himself with angry hateful revengeful liberal lesbos seeking to strike out at anyone they can …..

    wait till you see the angry hate filled army of lesbos hillary the hag is ready to assemble if elected Potus…..

  • CowboyUp

    I don’t suppose I should hold my breath waiting on a Republican on the committee to ask her if she doesn’t owe these companies that tried to warn us of the negative effects this law would have, but were persecuted and silenced by her and her boss, a public apology. They were right and she, Obama, and the other un-ADA hawkers were wrong, but she, Obama, and the rest of the dp were wrong with the regulatory and legal power of the US government backing them, so wrong prevailed. Now millions are tens of millions are being negatively affected by Sebelius’ incompetence and abuse of power, on top of the unjust damage done to the companies they singled out to demonize and bully.

  • Long Ben

    As for Sebilius one can only wonder, what early childhood events occurred to make her so damn mean?