“If you shut up truth, and bury it underground, it will but grow.” – Emile Zola
Alright, guys! It’s time to pack it up, and head on home! Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned, which can only mean one thing: Obamacare has been an unmitigated success! Oh wait, that would be an insane thing to think, which is why it came from the mouth of Ezra Klein.
Klein published an article on his recently launched news site, Vox, in which he wrote: “Obamacare has won. And that’s why Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius can resign.”
Klein even Tweeted a similar statement. The response was overwhelming, and hilarious. Basically, anyone who’s not a Democrat knows that the resignation of Sebelius is anything but a victory lap.
Right from the outset of the disastrous launch of Obamacare, there were calls for Sebelius’ firing. The general thinking was that if something like Obamacare’s failed launch had happened in the private sector, the architect, the singular leader of the project would have been fired immediately for incompetence. Following the launch, Sebelius’ incompetence became more clear every day, and yet, she remained part of team Obama.
Sebelius wasn’t fired because she didn’t need to be. Obama operates above the rules of politics. He has a media which worships the ground upon which he walks, and they will do everything they can to cover for him. Were Obama a Republican, things would certainly be different. There would have been a firing, a public shaming, and endless media chatter about whether or not Obama was ultimately responsible. “Should he resign, too?” would be a frequent question peppering MSNBC talk shows, and New York Times front page articles. Basically, the nation would be in a manufactured crisis mode. But since it’s the urbane, chill, and faultless Obama, who is a noble Democrat, after all–you know, the Party that cares so so much—it’s no big deal.
But then the tides shifted. The American public began to receive insurance cancellations, they saw their premiums skyrocket, and for the first time, the amorphous “Obamacare” they had understood so little, began to take a real toll on their lives. Obamacare’s already low approval began to plummet even further. Now, the Republicans had a hook. They could run their mid-term election campaigns on the horrible failure of Obamacare. This caused panic among Democrats, who, up until recently, had just assumed that Obamacare would be their strong point in the November elections.
Obama needed a distraction, one upon which his entire Party could hinge. Equal pay! That’s right! We’ll just ramp up the old–and since discredited–77 cents for every dollar statistic, and run on that. That’s not good enough, people are still focused on Obamacare. Ah! Remember when everybody was like “Blah blah, Sebelius should resign, blah!?” Let’s do that!
And here we are. Obama actually believes that the long overdue resignation means something. He is using it to distract Americans from the reality of the law itself. The ACA is an utterly monstrous piece of legislation that has bombed. Americans hate it. This resignation means nothing. It signals nothing. You cannot take focus from the disaster of your own making, Mr. President.
Ezra Klein, and his ilk—aka, crazies—will spin this story, but it doesn’t matter. The resignation is a sign of bad things, and a crude attempt to placate and angry nation. No angle can save you, and your Party from your November comeuppance.