I’m embarrassed; I completely missed this exchange last week. In my defense, it wasn’t on a single network station, or in any major paper that I could find.
I just can’t understand why, though. It showed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius being given another chance to prove to those stupid Republicans just exactly how wonderful Obamacare is, and why it’s so obviously constitutional.
Wow, ….that was painful.
OK, let’s assume that it never occurred to Secretary Sebelius that she should prepare for her show-n-tell with Congress. Didn’t someone mention to her that she should be better prepared? Have some notes written down? The legal precedents, maybe? The arguments for and against? Something? It’s not like she hasn’t been outspoken previously on the topic: she even penned a recent opinion piece on Politico.com. There she stated, unequivocally,
“When the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act later this month, it will not be the first to consider its constitutionality.
Congress carefully weighed its authority in writing the law. And a majority of lower-court judges who have ruled on it, including some of the leading conservatives on the bench, have agreed that it’s constitutional.
We have every reason to believe the Supreme Court will take the same view.”
Makes me think she maaaaaaay not have written that article totally by herself….
By the way:
Seeing as Sebelius is the current HHS Secretary, as well as the former Governor of Kansas, would it be too much to ask for her to have some inkling that, even though the ACLU likes to throw it around constantly, the phrase “separation of church and state” is not in the U.S. Constitution? You know, that thing that she swore to uphold? That Constitution?
This is not the first time Sebelius has been eviscerated by Congress, on this very topic, no less. She had an exchange a couple of months back where the lies of Obamacare were once again laid bare, and all she could do was ….confess.
Do me a favor, please.
Think back 2-3 years ago. Folks such as Tom Coburn, Michele Bachmann and Paul Ryan were each on TV seemingly every night, arguing against Obamacare.
They were all repeatedly told by the talking heads that they were nuttier-than-a-squirrel’s-pantry for even suggesting there were any shenanigans with the numbers for Obamacare. Obmacare was wonderful and was here to save us all.
Even though the cost estimate has almost doubled since then.
Remember all that?
Keep THAT in mind ’til election day.