HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies at House Hearing, Open Thread

Sebelius takes full responsibility for the debacle that is the Affordable Care Act. However, the buck clearly stops at the President’s desk. If the President cannot place competent people in positions of authority, he is incompetent to lead. Is an impeachment in the offing? The now, much repeated promise of President Obama, that Americans could keep their doctors and insurance policies if they “liked” them has everybody whose policies were cancelled by their carriers hurling epithets of “liar liar.” Sebelius denied that Obama had broken his promise and claimed that people who had coverage as of March 2010 can keep their current plans, provided their insurance companies haven’t changed them. She argued that people receiving cancellation notices will be offered better quality plans. The American Citizens has been told lie after lie by President Obama himself, and now his Puppet Sebelius parrots more lies to the American People at Wednesday’s House hearing. Sebelius has been under pressure from republicans to resign. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, said, “Mr. President at some point there has to be accountability. Expecting this secretary to be able to fix what she hasn’t been able to fix during the last three-and-a-half years in unrealistic. It’s throwing good money after bad. It’s time for her to resign and someone else to take charge.” This is an open thread. What do you think?

55 thoughts on “HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies at House Hearing, Open Thread”

  1. Nobody keeps claiming that socialized medicine works in other countries, so why can’t it work in the USA?

    Nov 6, 12:10 AM EST

    Doctors say Venezuela’s health care in collapse

    By FRANK BAJAK
    Associated Press

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/V/VENEZUELA_SICK_HEALTH_CARE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-11-06-00-10-00

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    MARACAY, Venezuela (AP) — Evelina Gonzalez was supposed to undergo cancer surgery in July following chemotherapy but wound up shuttling from hospital to hospital in search of an available operating table. On the crest of her left breast, a mocha-colored tumor doubled in size and now bulges through her white spandex tank top.

    Gonzalez is on a list of 31 breast cancer patients waiting to have tumors removed at one of Venezuela's biggest medical facilities, Maracay's Central Hospital. But like legions of the sick across the country, she's been neglected by a health care system doctors say is collapsing after years of deterioration.

    Doctors at the hospital sent home 300 cancer patients last month when supply shortages and overtaxed equipment made it impossible for them to perform non-emergency surgeries.

  2. Every system is flawed, ours included. I don’t think any system ranks South American countries above ours. But anecdotes are not data.

    There are literally thousands of studies available online. The only ones that tout the quality of care in the US are those confined to measuring survival rates from cancer, heart disease and stroke, usually accompanied by whining that blames the victims for not being in better health in the first place. I suppose US doctors could all improve their statistics by telling people, “Sorry, you’re too fat for a heart disease intervention.”

    For anyone interested in better-researched looks at the issue, here’s a short one headlined “8 places that do health care better than the US”:

    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/health/131001/global-health-care-systems-obamacare

    Here’s another from the New Scientist:

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/new_scientist/2013/07/health_in_the_u_s_and_other_rich_countries_we_pay_more_in_health_care_but.html

    Seriously, there are thousands of these studies online. You don’t have to listen to ideologues arguing from anecdote.

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