Kathleen Sebelius Caught Off Guard By, Er, Unexpected Opposition To Obamacare

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Obamacare is one of the most reviled pieces of legislation ever passed, yet Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claims to have been caught off guard by the ongoing opposition to the dreaded law. It’s as if the opposition was completely unexpected, kind of like when initial jobless claims rise.

The administration had not anticipated opposition to the Affordable Care Act of 2010, nicknamed “Obamacare,” would drag on years after the law’s passage, said Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Despite its goal to provide health coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans and improve the quality of medical care delivered across the country, many voters have balked over concerns the law will raise healthcare costs and increase government involvement in their personal decisions.

“The politics has been relentless and that continues,” Sebelius said. “There was some hope that once the Supreme Court ruled in July and then once an election occurred there would be a sense that, ‘This is the law of the land, let’s get on board, let’s make this work.’ And yet we will find ourselves having state by state political battles.”

I guess she thought the states would all just roll over and go along and set up these exchanges and sign on to expanded Medicaid, even though so many governors said they wouldn’t do that. She knew the law allowed them to opt out, but now she’s blaming them for her failure to set up the exchanges, as expected. Liberals always blame their failures on everybody else.