Reply to HHS Sec. Sebelius

Secretary Sebelius,

Your acceptance of responsibility for the website disaster is incomplete. What is missing are the words “…therefore, I have resigned from the office of Secretary of HHS”. You were a very good lobbyist for the plaintiff attorneys and you should return to that occupation. You succeeded in keeping any measure of tort reform out of the new healthcare laws, which should get you a very nice position with the ambulance-chasers. By overruling an FDA committee on Plan B, you demonstrated that you are out of touch with medical science and even the policies of your own party. Let a qualified physician run HHS and try to rescue ObamaCare before that name becomes synonymous with failure and your incompetence destroys the President’s historical legacy.

David L. Keller, M.D.
Redondo Beach, CA

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  1. Secretary Sebelius, I regret the strident tone of my message to you (above). I was angry at the time – I had just finished reading the account of your testimony before congress, in which you repeatedly insisted on assuming full responsibility for the massive failures of the ObamaCare enrollment websites. No mention was made of the no-bid crony contract which was awarded for the construction of the website to Michelle Obama’s sorority sister’s company. No mention was made of “doing the honorable thing” in this circumstance, which would be to resign rather than tar your administration with allegations of graft and / or incompetence. After all, we all know that signing people up for insurance is the easy part. Delivering the coverage is the real challenge. Today we learned that the list of doctors affiliated with the new plans are incorrect. Specialties are wrong, closed practices are listed as open. Many doctors are saying they never agreed to see patients at reimbursement rates which will bankrupt their practices. The biggest problems are still to come. The health care system we have may not be optimum, and it may not even be very good, but it functions to some degree for most Americans. It has taken decades to evolve to its current state. The professionals who run it – actuaries, underwriters, claims administrators, marketers, provider and patient representatives – have spent a lifetime learning their skills. Why did a group of Washington lawmakers and bureaucrats who have never insured anyone think they could dismantle the old system and replace it overnight with a better one? I wish you luck with this project, but I see disaster approaching. You promised Congress to get the website up and running by the end of November, a full month late. The website is only a “virtual” disaster. One month later, in January, we will see the real-life problems emerge, problems which will involve the real-life care of sick or injured Americans. May we all survive this experiment in forced collectivization.

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