KATHLEEN SEBELIUS STEPS DOWN AFTER FIVE ROCKY YEARS …
U.S. President Barack Obama’s top health care official resigned her post this week. Kathleen Sebelius – who oversaw the disastrous rollout of Obama’s socialized medicine law – is leaving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) after five tumultuous years.
“Hold me accountable for the debacle,” Sebelius said last fall in response to questions about Obamacare’s botched rollout. “I’m responsible.”
Guess she got her wish …
Sylvia Mathews Burwell – one of Obama’s top budget officials – will be nominated to take Sebelius’ place.
The former governor of Kansas, Sebelius was a rising star in the Democratic Party in 2008 and was frequently touted as a possible running mate for Obama.
Now? She’s Obamacare’s latest victim …
Sebelius’ resignation comes as health care costs continue to rise. According to a recent Morgan Stanley survey of insurance brokers, the average premium hike for customers who are renewing their plans is 12 percent in the individual group and 11 percent in the small market group.
These hikes come on top of fourth quarter 2013 increases of nine percent in the individual group and six percent in the small market group.
According to Morgan Stanley analysts, the “increases are largely due to changes under the ACA.”
All of this is precisely the opposite of what Obama promised.
“In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year,” then-U.S. Senator Obama said during a June 2008 campaign swing through Virginia. “We won’t do all this twenty years from now, or ten years from now. We’ll do it by the end of my first term as President of the United States.”
At the end of Obama’s first term premiums for the average family with an employer-provided plan had actually increased by $2,400, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.