October 25 2013
Freudian Slip of the Year: “I Don’t Work for the People”
Asked about calls that she resign because of her department's disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, embattled HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said this:
"The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place. I have had frequent conversations with the president and I have committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and we will do just that,” she said.
So, if you thought that public servants worked for the--er--public, even those members of the public who don’t necessarily agree with them, Ms. Sebelius set the record straight. She doesn't work for us. I suspected as much, but it's always nice to have confirmation. Ms. Sebelius made it clear that she is committed only to another member of the New Ruling Class, President Obama.
Ms. Sebelius in that brief foot-in-mouth moment put her finger (sorry about all the body parts!) on what is wrong with the way the Affordable Care Act was enacted and is being implemented (to the extent that it can be implemented). The Democrats in Congress didn’t care that public sentiment was running high against ObamaCare.
What they cared about instead when they voted for this behemoth of a law, was themselves. They wanted to make history. They wanted to honor the late Senator Ted Kennedy, whose dream was universal health care, paid for by the people, willingly or unwillingly. They wanted to support the president, and they wanted above all else to do something Democrats had been itching to do for five decades and for which they had a rare window of opportunity to twist arms and make unsavory deals to do what they wanted to do. Damned the people.
In so many ways, what is wrong with Washington today is that the people we elect don’t work for us. They saddle us with the Affordable Care Act, but work out a deal to get us taxpayers to give them subsidies so they won't experience the ill effrects of ObamaCare policies. We, in other words, work for them—we send in the tax money for them to spend on their constituencies, which, in the case of the ObamaCare subsidies, happens to be themselves. So, thanks, Ms. Sebelius, for a rare moment of candor.