For Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary who just resigned, the date of Dec.1 was a scary one.
Why? Because that was the relaunch date for HealthCare.gov, since the initial launch of Oct.1 failed so miserably.
As most have heard by now, Sebelius was replaced by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Director of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, and since leaving, she’s given her first interview on the failed Affordable Care Act roll out.
Sebelius said Oct. 1 was the wrong date for the launch, but she also said she’s glad everything worked out in the end, since over 7 million signed up for Obamacare, which is higher than the President anticipated.
“Well, I think there’s no question, and I’ve said this many times, that the launch of the website was terribly flawed and terribly difficult,” she said. “Clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was just flat out wrong.”
But since all of that is behind her, Sebelius feels it was all worth it for the sake of the country, since people now have access to proper medical coverage, and she’s thrilled that for the very first time folks can easily get all kinds of useful healthcare information.
“People have competitive choices and real information for the first time ever in this insurance market,” Sebelius stated.
According to an inside source for Reuters, the former Governor of Kansas planned to resign after the open enrollment period ended, which probably means President Obama knew he would go with Burwell for quite some time. Plus, the President has the utmost confidence in Burwell, said Sebelius, as she’s done a great job of managing budgets for the White House.
“She believed that once open enrollment ended it would be the right time to transition the department to new leadership,” said the insider referring to Sebelius. “The president sought a nominee with strong credential in management, implementation, and performance for this important role.”
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