Kool-Aid is a Helluva Drug


Juicevox Media:

Obamacare has won. And that’s why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.

Calls for Sebelius’s resignation were almost constant after Obamacare’s catastrophic launch. The problem wasn’t just that Sebelius had presided over the construction of a fantastically expensive web site that flatly didn’t work. It was that she didn’t know healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. And so the White House didn’t know that healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. The demands that Sebelius to step down — or be fired — were as deafening inside the building as outside of it.

But President Obama refused. As National Journal’s Major Garrett reported, Obama believes that “scaring people with a ceremonial firing deepens fear, turns allies against one another, makes them risk-averse, and saps productivity.” Moreover, there was too much to be done to fire one of the few people who knew how to finish the job. Sebelius would stay. The White House wouldn’t panic in ways that made it harder to save the law.

The evidence has piled up in recent weeks that the strategy worked. Obamacare’s first year, despite a truly horrific start, was a success. More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Millions more have signed up through Medicaid. And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers.

Healthcare.gov isn’t perfect, but it works. We don’t yet know how many young people signed up in March, but it’s clear that there are enough of them to keep premiums stable in 2015. It’s clear that insurers are going to stick with the program in 2015, and compete hard to sign up next year’s wave of young, healthy applicants.

Even Republicans committed to the law’s repeal are admitting that the law is back on its expected track. “The rollout made Obamacare’s collapse seem like a possibility,” wrote Ramesh Ponnuru at Bloomberg View. But “now that it’s resolved, the debate continues basically along the same lines that everyone expected a year ago. The law will continue to be implemented, with the administration making whatever revisions it thinks necessary.”

The White House says Sebelius notified the President in March that “she felt confident in the trajectory for enrollment and implementation,” and that once open enrollment ended, “it would be the right time to transition the Department to new leadership.”

In other words, the law has won its survival. The Obama administration can exhale. Personnel changes can be made. A new team — led by Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Matthews Burwell, who the White House calls a proven manager— can be brought in to continue to improve the law. And Sebelius can leave with her head held high. She can leave with the law she helped build looking, shockingly, like a success.

How do you parody that? I can’t take it seriously. My first reaction was laughter.

Okay, part of the reason I laughed was this Twitter exchange that took place just a few minutes before Ezra published his post:

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73 Responses to Kool-Aid is a Helluva Drug

  1. The Klown says:

    Keep Fucking That Chicken Award runner-up:

  2. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      Do we know who the shoe thrower is and what her gripe was? Saw a young blondie being escorted out, so have ruled out the war on women. Ruled out tea party, they wouldn’t have missed (lol!) Hil was pretty ready with some humerous quips, do I smell a plant? Sorry, glad she’s okay, but I remain skeptical…..

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  5. The Klown says:

    Sebelius may not be the last. The next few months will be Obama’s last chance to get appointees confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate.

    • Lulu says:

      What are the endangered Democrats going to do in the Senate? The Sebelius replacement is the OMB hack who directed the government shutdown to make it as painful as possible. Her primary talents are double talk and following orders. Harry Reid changed the rules just in time to make the endangered Democrats votes actually count. Dumbass.

      • DeniseVB says:

        GMTA Lulu! WaPo seemed to gloss over that little factoid of the shutdown. She was directed by Obama to inflict the pain, then he blamed the OMB. He owes her, nothing more, politics as usual…

        • Lulu says:

          And the Republicans will go for the jugular. The endangered Senate Democrats, all 13 or so of them, will join in. How is this eleventy dimensional chess? It is more like pulling a bottom piece in Jenga. They are going to make the person BLAMED (by Bronco himself) for the most unpopular tactic of the shutdown that the Dems supposedly won the centerpiece of hearings right before an election. She may be a sacrificial goat but hasn’t figured it out yet. Why does Obama always pick women as the goat?

        • swanspirit says:

          He really likes to use women to do his dirty work , doesn’t he ?

  6. The Klown says:
    • Lulu says:

      It seems like everything is just going to shit for the Vile Prog and propagandists. Nobody loves ’em no mo’. The fad that they are cool is over. Failure and idiocy are being abandoned. And it looks like Cecily cleaned up (bathed, combed her hair, put on clean underwear, etc.) to appear in court.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    I grabbed this out of my blog archives, it just never seems to get dusty…..made in 2009 after Obama’s first 100 days. Buh bye Ms. Sillybus 😀

  8. Jadzia says:

    Seriously SERIOUSLY? You didn’t just post this to give me the good laugh I so desperately need, did you? I am totally going to use that excuse the next time I am asked about my first divorce: “Our marriage was so wonderful that there was just nothing left to accomplish. Really, we had no choice but to split up.”

  9. The Klown says:

    The more I learn about this Bundy Ranch kerfluffle the less sympathetic I am. I’m not saying that the Bundy guy has no legitimate gripes, but his stubborn pigheadedness seems to be part of the problem.

    • The Klown says:

      I was predisposed to take the rancher’s side, but facts are facts.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I question the protection of the desert tortoise as the excuse. They burrow, thus leaving holes in the ground where a cow could step into and break it’s leg. Not sure what kind of rancher would think that thar’s good grazin’ land? Most of these tortoises prefer the more desert-y parts of the country, like the Twenty-Nine Palms area of CA.

      There’s a lot more to this story I’m afraid we’re not getting via the “normal” media.

      • 49erDweet says:


        …or why is that kindly old philanthropist Harry Reid pushing for BLM to take over the other 14% of Nevada (exclusive of private property within city limits)?

        Anybody who assumes BLM is citizen neutral is smoking dope. There is more to the story and it ain’t all good for the government, either.

      • votermom says:

        I saw a tweet earlier (had a horrible headache so I didn’t click on it) that said the real reason the feds are seizing the land is to acquire fracking rights.

    • votermom says:

      I questions the militarized response to cows grazing.

  10. The Klown says:

    Greta Van Susteren vs. Sleazebag Democrat Mike Dickinson:

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  13. threewickets says:

    Juicebox Mafia, the emotional intelligence of tadpoles.

  14. Somebody says:

    Pardon the link, but this is priceless Cruella was missing the last page of her goodbye speech.

    If those stories really meant anything to her you’d think she could remember at least one or two on her own without written notes. I wonder who actually wrote her speech?

  15. mothy67 says:

    Days like today are gold on twitchy.

  16. cynic says:

    Health care nightmare stories over at RD. Is anyone, besides the administration and butt-kissing media saying anything positive about it?

    • mothy67 says:

      She is dead on about the insurance nightmare in Western PA. Two major hospital systems in the area and both own insurance companies and they do not accept each other. I was tutoring a guy last year and I thought he was drunk. Ended up taking him to the closest hospital. It was diabetes. He was triaged at the first hospital and then transported by ambulance to a hospital on his plan. Seemed like an insane waste to me. Coverage rules are way too complicated but what I gathered was that ER(ED)s by law have to treat and accept insurance but additioal care has to be provided in-network. She would have been looking at the same plans I did and her price quotes are very different than mine. The silver plan I went with is under 300 without a subsidy and every child in PA can get CHIP and the only children’s hospital accepts all insurance. My gripe is that it is not easy to cancel. Icall the cable company and say I am switching and they waste no time stopping service

    • DeniseVB says:

      What confuses me is that I still see fundraisers being held to help sick or injured children with their medical expenses. Shouldn’t they be covered under Obamacare like he promised?

    • mothy67 says:

      There has to be more to this story than the article relates. She was in a bar bathroom for 40 minutes by herself? She was able to give birth and then clean it up? No one noticed til cleaning time? How did a severely depressed woman have the clear headedness to cut an imbilical cord, clean up the bathroom and then rejoin friends ang go for a smoke. BULLSHIT. Why would an attorney go for a plea like that? She appears to have documented mental health issues why no defense on those grounds Nothing from the shrink who gave her the meds? Psychotropics can have devestating effects on an average person add alcohol, pregnancy and other drugs it can be severe. Act was monstrous but something doe not add up. Severe depression can often mimic schizophrenia. If it was that bad and her doctor was presribed hard core meds was there no blood wook done for several months. SSRIs effect the body chemistry. People react differently and have to be monitored. You don’t just write script and say off you go.

      • DeniseVB says:

        I’d check into those doctors too. Something’s amiss. I just know that she shouldn’t be given a life sentence for what would been a feminist hero the day before if she had that “thing” chopped up in her uterus. I’m just not getting the hypocrisy of it all.

    • elliesmom says:

      She needed to have the abortion as soon as she knew she was pregnant and didn’t want the child. If she was taking meds for depression, she had to be under a doctor’s care. She also could have dropped the baby off at a fire station or a hospital and just walked away. While I think a locked mental facility might be a better place for her than prison, there really isn’t an excuse for smothering your baby and leaving it in a toilet tank. She had so many other options, and she isn’t a child.

      • DeniseVB says:

        How are these women falling through the cracks of the pro-choice, aka Wendy Davis, movement of abortions on demand up to birth? Granted the girl/woman had issues. but these surprise births and deaths in public bathrooms just stump me.

        Sidebar: I unconsciously kept an eye on my daughters bathroom “basket” from when she was 13 til she left for college at 17. If you know what I mean 😉

      • mothy67 says:

        Agree but as someone who owned a bar and has had to deal with ladies room issues this tale has some serious holes. Saw one child born in my life. Not a pretty scene. I know some people think the whole childbirth thing is beautiful. Placenta, really? Yuck. No way in hell a woman gave birth and was able to do everything she had to.

  17. The Klown says:
    • DeniseVB says:

      I’m waiting to see what her payoff is to stay quiet. President of a university? Patient Dumper at U of Chicago hospital ?

      • DandyTIger says:

        Ah yes, Michelle’s old job of kicking poor patients out to the curb. That would fit.

      • cynic says:

        I’m going with the Planned Parenthood organization. She was real chummy with George Tiller, the late-term abortion doctor, and apparently, he had contributed too much to her campaign while running for Kansas Governor. There’s a very nice picture out there of her and the doc.

        Seems to me that she’s another one of those cafeteria Catholics that should be denied communion, like Dick Durbin recently was.

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    Hmmmm. What happened in 2012?

    • DeniseVB says:

      Our tax guy told us we had to contribute at least 15% of our income to charity before we can write it off. And we live on military retirement. If we donate to thrift stores, we have to keep the original receipts to the items to write them off. So we end up paying for about a minute of Air Force One’s flying time every year.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Bout how much they get from me too Denise. 🙂

      • mothy67 says:

        If you do any volunteer work you can use the hours donated as a deduction. Savings accounts for education can be used. And unless they changed the tax laws donations to the Salvation Army Goodwill places are deductible with a receipt from them. I had a temp job one summer sitting in a trailer at a strip mall accepting donations and writing reciepts. The reciept forms even have the tax info on it. Might want to have someone else look at your taxes. Been 10 years since I worked as a tax preparer but that 15 percent number was more about what went over and having proof. Tax person may have meant it is not worth it to itemize that you would be better off with standard deduction.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Thanks for the tip mothy. I’ve wanted to fire tax guy for years, but my husband fears an audit more than a refund. Especially in Obama Worrrld where we donate to conservative candidates. Tax guy knows I’m a loose cannon on social media and blogs, we’re paying protection methinks 😉

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