Sorry as She Can Be, Sebelius Fails to Spur Obamacare Confidence

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U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testifies before a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the failures of the Affordable Care Act enrollment website on Capitol Hill in Washington, October 30, 2013. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Wednesday’s testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius before a House committee will not reassure the American people about Obamacare. So says the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

“Secretary Sebelius failed to provide any reason why the American people should have confidence in Obamacare and a website that failed to operate even during her testimony,” says Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ACLJ. “Unfortunately, what we heard from Secretary Sebelius was nothing new—more excuses for the disastrous rollout and more promises to fix the problems. Today’s hearing reinforces what’s become standard operating procedure for the Obama administration when facing a crisis: issue an apology, pledge to do better and move on.”

Sekulow adds, “The American people won’t be fooled by this performance. As millions lose health insurance coverage because of Obamacare and as the deadline approaches for Americans to sign up for a system that doesn’t work or face financial penalties, one thing is clear: Secretary Sebelius and her team are not capable of implementing Obamacare. An apology without accountability is meaningless.”

Sekulow says the hearing did reveal new and important information, raising significant questions about whether the Obamacare website has been thoroughly subjected to security testing to ensure the confidential information provided by Americans is adequately protected.

“Americans deserve more than an apology and more promises,” Sekulow says. “They deserve more than a government-mandated program that doesn’t work, millions losing coverage, exploding health care costs and a system that puts the private information of Americans at risk. That is exactly why the individual mandate must be delayed for one year.”

The ACLJ represents numerous businesses challenging the HHS mandate in federal court. And with Americans facing financial penalties early next year for a product they can’t obtain, the ACLJ is exploring litigation strategy that will seek to protect Americans from unconstitutional penalties imposed by the Obama administration.

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