Kathleen Sebelius is to the Obamacare rollout what FEMA Director Michael Brown was to the Hurricane Katrina response. She’s not saddled with a notoriously mockable vote of confidence from her boss (“heckuva job, Brownie”), but Brown was gone two weeks after the storm, whereas Sebelius looks to be in place for the grim duration of the effort to right HealthCare.gov.
In a more rational world, she would resign or be forced out. Instead, she’s the spokesperson for fixing the technological disaster that occurred on her watch. Sebelius told CNN’s Sanjay Gupta that HHS has “asked the contractors to bring their A-team to the table.” Asked why HHS didn’t get the A-team in the first place, she said, “We had hoped they had their A-team on the table.” Apparently they spent several hundred million dollars on what she now considers the B- or C-team.