Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in direct contact with President Barack Obama at least 18 times between October 2012 and October 2013, including seven occasions where her draft calendar showed Obamacare as the topic of conversation.
The news appears to contradict her insistence that Obama was in the dark about problems plaguing the ill-fated healthcare.gov website in the months leading up to its October 1, 2013 launch.
The Hill newspaper reported Thursday that documents released through a Freedom of Information Act request show meetings, events and phone calls where the two were together.
They also show at least three breakfast or lunch meetings with close Obama adviser Pete Rouse, along with scheduled calls or meetings with presidential confidante Valerie Jarrett and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.
1. As the article points out, this all flies in the face of countless denials from the White House that the president had any idea implementation of Obamacare would be spotty. If that’s the case, what in the world did Obama and Sebelius discuss at those meetings? It seems to me the only options are: She was utterly clueless and misled the president by accident. She wasn’t clueless and knew there were problems but misled the president on purpose. She wasn’t clueless and told the president the truth.
I leave it to others to determine which of these three reflects best on the White House and the president’s managerial skills.
2. My apologies to the Hill, which had all this yesterday but failed to splash it up in a way that gets your attention the way those Brits do.