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On Wednesday, October 30, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the Obama Administration testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Her main purpose: to answer questions truthfully regarding the botched progress of the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.

So let’s look at a quick recap of what went down (aside from a lot of “Well, I just can’t answer that”)

  • First and foremost, Sebelius did apologize to the American people for the dysfunction status of Obamacare’s implementation thus far. Um, thanks, apology accepted but that still doesn’t bring back my wasted taxpayer dollars
  • Further, she took responsibility for the “debacle,” but did she lay blame on solely herself?
    • No, she also lay blame on government contractors who “have not met expectations,” but it is still unclear whether HHS will compensate the contractors full in light of poorly crafted work
    • Sebelius tentatively held that the HealthCare.gov website will be “an optimally functional website” by November 30 (yeah…ok)
    • And one of the most important things Sebelius said, according to Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post, is that “insurance companies aren’t receiving reliable data from HealthCare.gov
      since the system is not working properly. Leave it to the government to impinge the proper business functions of private companies which are just trying to comply with its law and subsequent incompetence

So we still have a lot of unanswered questions, and we still don’t have a functioning Obamacare system, but we do have hundreds of millions of dollars already wasted and possibly billions more to go.

For a complete summary, have a look at Tom Cohen’s article on CNN.com.

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