Kathleen Sebelius has resigned with a wonderful send-off speech from President Obama, but it is hard to believe that her retirement was not mandatory in order to distance the administration from the terrible rollout of Obamacare. Sebelius was in charge of the entire program, which failed miserbly because of no leadership or oversight, and if she continued her position, it would be a constant reminder of the embarrassment she caused.
Even though the Affordable Care Act eventually worked the way it was set up to do, her role in the initial roll out and the way it did not work was probably going to cast a shadow on her whole career. Someone always has to take the fall for these things in politics.
After the huge public fiasco related to the roll out of the Obamacare website, the big surprise is that Kathleen Sebelius has held onto her job for this long. Truthfully, she should have fallen on the sword long ago and accepted the blame. Holding on to her job has only given administration critics more ammo in the fight against the health initiative and the president in general.
Kathleen Sebelius has accomplished a lot in her tenure as Secretary of Health and she has held that post for over six years. That is a long time for a cabinet Secretary, especially since she had such a high-profile and controversial role. She is not being forced out; she completed her assignment and now she is moving on.
No, Kathleen Selebius has accomplished what she set out to do with Obamacare and she left having fought the great fought with others that wanted to convince us that the Affordable Care Act was wrong! How wrong they are! Because of Kathleen Selebius and the work of the Department of Health and Human Services, 7.5 million people who previously didn't have insurance now do; millions who didn't qualify for health insurance because pre-existing conditions now have it!
She was attacked by partisans and politicians who wanted her to fail at every turn--but she prevailed and assisted millions of Americans in getting excellent, affordable health care, and millions more continue to sign on!