HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “totally blew it,” during today’s testimony, in Buzzfeed’s estimation. We agree. Here are ten reasons why: (1) Despite calling Obamacare’s roll-out a “debacle” (over which she’s presided), Sebelius still attempted happy talk:
(2) She actually said Obamacare’s disastrous website “has never crashed,” (!) adding that it is “functional.” That claim requires some hardcore parsing to even remotely justify, and regardless, it’s insanely terrible messaging. As if on cue, Healthcare.gov…crashed this morning and remained down throughout her testimony. This dichotomy produced several awkward (and priceless) visuals:
(3) When Rep. Cory Gardiner (R-CO) challenged her to enroll through the exchanges herself, Sebelius asserted that it would be “illegal” for her to do so. This is factually false. Was this a deliberate lie, or is she that ignorant of the law she’s overseeing?