Rich Galen

This is not going to be a screed against out-going Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. I believe that most people who get into government at a senior position know they have a target painted on their back from the day they are nominated until the day someone comes buy to pick up the cardboard boxes from their office.

Yet they volunteer to do these jobs.

Now, back to the non-screed.

Last Thursday, Kathleen Sebelius announced that 7.5 million people had signed up for Obamacare and pronounced the program a success.

About four minutes later she announced she was resigning as Secretary of HHS.

About 37 seconds after that, even as the White House was maintaining that her leaving was Sebelius' decision, the President announced that the head of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, would be his choice for the new Secretary.

About 36 hours after all that, Sebelius was quoted as saying, the rollout of Obamacare "was terribly flawed," and, according to ABC News, "The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system 'was just flat out wrong.'"

All of which led me to wonder: Did Kathleen Sebelius keep her job after overseeing one of the most embarrassing roll-outs of a federal program since the launch of the Articles of Confederation because President Obama didn't think he could be seen firing a woman?

I understand all the defenses - I've written some of them - for senior governmental officials who on whose watch things have gone off the tracks.

She can't have known all the details about the Obamacare website.

She was give to believe that it had been load tested and approved.

She still has confidence in the people responsible to get this up and running.


Sebelius' biggest sin was not in overseeing Obamacare's breach birth. It was handing Congressional Republicans a gift of enormous, massive, gargantuan, Milky-Way-Galaxy-Wide proportions because, you may remember, the GOP had just finished shutting down the government over the issue of Obamacare as an unworkable program.

Speaker Rep. John Boehner and Republican Leaders Sen. Mitch McConnell should host an massive, gargantuan good bye party for Sebelius as a thank you present.

In announcing that 7.5 million people have signed up, the Administration may be press releasing itself into a corner.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at