Unbelievable, One More Glitch for the Road: Even Kathleen Sebelius’ Resignation Speech as HHS Secretary is Botched … “Unfortunately, a Page is Missing”

YOU JUST CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP …

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius managed to put as much preparation and management into her resignation speech as she did her handling of Obamacare. As Sebelius was reading her heart-felt prepared, written speech a funny thing happened, a page was missing. Good grief. How could any one be such a screw up and so unprepared? Maybe, her speech writers just didn’t have it in them to spew more lies that Obamacare is good for America. It was a fitting send off for Sebelius, to have one more glitch for the road. It was priceless as Sebelius was flanked by Barack Obama and her supposed to be replacement, if Senate approved, OMB Director Sylvia Burwell.

Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius officially announced her resignation Friday, but just like the glitches that plagued the federal website for Obamacare – healthcare.gov – which she was responsible for, Sebelius experienced a glitch of her own when the last page of her speech went missing.

Photo of the day … One more glitch from Kathleen Sebelius as Obama looks on and can be seen to nudge her to go on and don’t make me look like more of an idiot.

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Pic – screen grab from WH.gov video

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius OUT, Sebelius To Resign … Obamacare and Democrats Gets Their Fall Girl for 2014 Elections

This comes about 5 years too late …

USA Today is reporting that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will resign today. Sebelius, who oversaw Obamacare and its disastrous rollout, is out as she has handed in her papers. I think we all knew the handwriting was on the wall for her ousting when Obama had the nerve to declare victory for the Obamacare enrollment and never once thanked Sebelius, who was in the audience. Of course the Rose Garden ‘Mission Accomplished’ pep rally was done on April Fool’s Day, you can draw your own conclusions. Hmm, but I thought it was only the people that she did not work for who were asking her to resign? After months of denials that should would resign, she has. The announcement is to be made at 11 am on Friday. Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to expected to be nominated by Barack Obama to replace Sebelius.

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After a difficult five years shepherding President Obama’s signature health care law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has tendered her resignation, according to two senior administration officials.

Obama accepted the resignation this week and intends to announce that he will nominate Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius.

He will make the formal announcement at 11 a.m. Friday at the White House, according to officials, who asked not to be identified so as not to pre-empt the president.

The purge begins to try and save Democrats for the 2014 midterm elections. The NY Times reports, Sebelius Resigns After Troubles Over Health Site. I guess Barack Obama and Democrats think that the American people will just forget the damage Sebelius, Obama and fellow Democrats has done to healthcare and just move on. Out of sight, out of mind.

The departure comes as the Obama administration tries to move beyond its early stumbles in carrying out the law, convince a still-skeptical public of its lasting benefits, and help Democratic incumbents, who face blistering attack ads after supporting the legislation, survive the midterm elections this fall.

Officials said Ms. Sebelius, 65, made the decision to resign and was not forced out. But the frustration at the White House over her performance had become increasingly clear, as administration aides worried that the crippling problems at HealthCare.gov, the website set up to enroll Americans in insurance exchanges, would result in lasting damage to the president’s legacy.

EXIT QUESTION: Are you covered under Obamacare if you are thrown under the bus?

The Sounds of Silence … HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius Becomes Speechless After a Reporter Tells Her How Unpopular Obamacare Is

Many Americans are speechless too as to what a joke and lie Obamacare has been …

Welcome to the new talking points of how the Obama administration is going to answer tough question when presented with just how unpopular Obamacare is. The talking points are … the sounds of silence and  crickets. They simply are going to play dumb and say nothing. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius suddenly became speechless Monday when a KWTV reporter started to describe how unpopular Obamacare is in the state of Oklahoma.

Don’t worry Kathleen Sebelius, Barack Obama and Democrats … the American people will speak later this year in the 2014 midterm elections and tell you all exactly how they feel.

The Weekly Standard:

“At last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren’t buying into the health care plan, they don’t like Obamacare, and they’ve been pretty vocal about it,” said the reporter. “Now that’s going to be — still continue to be — a tough sell, but we’ll see how that plays out over the coming months.”

Then he waited for Sebelius to reply. And waited.

After about 7-seconds of dead air, the reporter broke in to say, “Alright, Secretary Sebelius, thank you so much for being with us this morning. I think we’ve probably lost sound here or something.”

“I can hear you,” Sebelius said, ending her silence. “But I — thanks for having me.”

UNREAL … Today is the Supposed Deadline for Obamacare and Healthcare.gov is Down

ARE YOU KIDDING ME … WHAT A |JOKE!!!

Today is supposed to be the last day to sign up for Obamacare, unless Barack Obama decides to make yet another unlawful delay. But currently the website, Healthcare.gov us down. You just can’t make this stuff up. It would appear anyone who uses the Federal exchange has to try again later. I guess this is one way of creating a line of people waiting to vote.

Seriously, who does maintenance on the last day of a deadline for sign up? What a con, when you call the telephone # 1-800-318-2596, you are told they are experience high call volume and for faster service, use Healthcare.gov. They then say if you have already left a message, you will be contacted after April 1. This is how these incompetent people are extending the deadline. They are forcing people to leave a message for a call back after the Obamacare deadline.

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Another Illegal Delay: Obama Administration Extends Obamacare March Deadline Into April … What Happened to Sebelius Saying, “there is no delay beyond March 31?”

Another day and another illegal Obamacare delay …

The Obama administration has just made another arbitrary and illegal delay in providing Americans more time to enroll for Obamacare. As reported at the Washington Post, the goal posts have been moved again by the Obama administration and another delay has been implemented for Obamacare enrollment from March 31 to mid-April. But get this astonishing requirement, the White House is allowing the “honor system” for the extension. These people are just making this crap up as they go along. This is beyond unbelievable that all of this stuff is being done on a whim depending of the bad news of the day of the enrollment numbers that the Obama administration claims they don’t have access to. Is it any wonder why our country is so screwed up under this president? Obamacare is just a microcosm of how Obama handles everything.

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Statutes, what statutes … I am above the law

The Obama administration has decided to give extra time to Americans who say that they are unable to enroll in health plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline.

Federal officials confirmed Tuesday evening that all consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension.

Under the new rules, people will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a blue box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll before the deadline. This method will rely on an honor system; the government will not try to determine whether the person is telling the truth.

The rules, which will apply to the federal exchanges operating in three dozen states, will essentially create a large loophole even as White House officials have repeatedly said that the March 31 deadline was firm. The extra time will not technically alter the deadline but will create a broad new category of people eligible for what’s known as a special enrollment period.

What happened to change the fact that Obamacare enrollment was not going to be extended? Wasn’t it just earlier this month that a CMS spokesperson and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated there would be no more delays? HHS official Julie Bataille said. “In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014.” And on March 12, 2014 Sebelius testified before Congress as such and said specifically, there would be no Obamacare enrollment delay past March 31?

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille said during a conference call on Tuesday that ‘we have no plans to extend the open enrollment period’ that began amid fits and starts on October 1.

‘In fact, we don’t actually have the statutory authority to extend the open enrollment period in 2014,’ she said.

On Wednesday, Republican Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp asked Sebelius if she agreed.

‘I haven’t seen their statements,’ she replied, despite having been on the conference call, ‘but there is no delay beyond March 31.’

As for the extended deadline on the honor system. Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin.com might just have the quote of the day … “Why should the Obama administration care to determine whether a potential enrollee is telling the truth? The Obama administration doesn’t even care if the Obama administration is telling the truth.” AMEN!!!

 

Barack Obama, the Liar in Chief Strikes Again … Health Industry Officials say ObamaCare Related Premiums Will Double in Parts of the Country,

But I thought Obama said under Obamacare our premiums would go down … Not so says  Health Industry Officials.

What would the day be like without out another Barack Obama lie regarding Obamacare? The Hill is reporting that healthcare industry officials are saying that O-care related premiums will double in some parts of the country. This is in direct contrast to what Obama promised and (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius continually spins. As one industry official said, “It’s pretty shortsighted because I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs.” Gee, ya think? Let alone they have missed their mark badly on the number of enrollees, and more importantly, the number of young, healthy, non-subsidy seeking enrollees.

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Don’t worry Barack, they won’t find out the truth until it’s too late, Hope & Change, Hope & Change, lower premiums …  ah-ha-ha-ha!!!

Health industry officials say ObamaCare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration.

The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs. The sticker shock would likely bolster the GOP’s prospects in November and hamper ObamaCare insurance enrollment efforts in 2015.

The industry complaints come less than a week after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sought to downplay concerns about rising premiums in the healthcare sector. She told lawmakers rates would increase in 2015 but grow more slowly than in the past.

“The increases are far less significant than what they were prior to the Affordable Care Act,” the secretary said in testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee.

Her comment baffled insurance officials, who said it runs counter to the industry’s consensus about next year.

“It’s pretty shortsighted because I think everybody knows that the way the exchange has rolled out … is going to lead to higher costs,” said one senior insurance executive who requested anonymity.

Will some benefit from Obama, certainly. But it does not even come close the the amount of people that will be adversely affected. It just goes to show you that if a lie is told long enough and loud  enough, and not questioned in any responsible manner, it can become the truth by an apathetic people. Oh yea, and if you like your healthcare plan and doctor, you will be able to keep them too.

Obama promises the applauding lemmings that their premiums will go down under Obamacare

Remember when Obama said that for those who get their healthcare insurance through their workplace, that through Obamacare your employers would see their premiums decrease by 3000% and would be able to give you a raise? Buying that American? Why do you think Obama has delayed the employer mandate for Obamacare, maybe because that is where an overwhelming majority of Americans receive their healthcare and the premiums would escalate, not go down? Or because your employer would toss you off the plan and onto Obamacare? And maybe, just maybe to get by the 2014 and 2014 elections.

Now Obama is promising saving families an average of $2500 a year per family

Joe Biden Admits that ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Might be Lower Than Projected

SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE … Obamacare enrollment numbers are not what Obama minions have claimed. Imagine that, the Obama administration fudging the numbers?

Vice President Joe Biden admitted at a stop in Minneapolis, MN that the Obamacare enrollment numbers might be lower that projected, even as other Obama minions have been praising Obamacare enrollment. Biden stated that we might have only 5 or 6 million enrolled, rather that the 7 million that had been called a success by HHS  Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Hey Joe, not even coming close to the signup projects when you and Obama claimed there was 50 million uninsured is a “big f’n deal”.  However, the total quantity of who signed up is immaterial. What matters in order to make Obamacare work financially is that a majority of individuals have to to youg, healthy payers, not one’s who are receiving subsidies and unhealthy.

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We might miss our numbers by this much …

“Initially, we talked about by the end of this period having seven million people lined up,” he told a group in a coffee shop on Wednesday. “We may not get to seven but we’re gonna get to five or six, and that’s a hell of a start with people.”

That’s quite a difference from the confident predictions last fall, just before the rollout, from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“I think success looks like at least 7 million people having signed up by the end of March 2014,” she told NBC last September.

However, it may not even be as high as Biden is saying, even with his lowering of the bar. It would appear that Obama’s folks are playing fast and furious with the numbers and taking credit for Medicaid signups

In its report on signups through the end of January, the administration claimed 9.6 million total had gotten health insurance — 3.3 million in the federal and state exchanges, and another 6.3 million in Medicaid, the health care program for low-income Americans.

But a nonpartisan health care firm says the number of new signups in Medicaid from ObamaCare is much lower than 6.3 million.

“It’s about 1.3 to 1.8 million people who are new to the program The rest are part of the regular churn that are in and out,” Matthew Eyeles, of the firm Avalere Health, said.

And those in the regular churn — those who come and go all the time – wouldn’t count as part of ObamaCare because they were already eligible before the health care law.

Barack Obama – Bill O’Reilly Contentious Pre-Super Bowl Interview Discusses Obamacare Failed Promises, Benghazi, IRS-Gate … “Not Even a Smidgen of Corruption” … “These Kinds of Things Keep on Surfacing, Because Folks Like You Will Promote Them.”

THE THIN SKINNED PRESIDENTIAL INTERVIEW …

President Barack Obama and FOX News’ Bill O’Reilly went back and forth in a contentious pre-Super Bowl interview in which the president provided few answers. Instead of answering the tough question that not only Americans want to hear, but are entitled to, Obama played the blame game, ducked and dodged, and allowed his thin skin to dictate the non-responsive interview. Obama’s attempt to try and put all his administrations scandals behind him, most likely only made matters worse. When being asked questions, Obama actually blamed FOX News for daring to bring up and question such scandals like Benghazi, IRS-gate, Obamacare and the rest of the all too numerous scandals of the Obama presidency. Obama actually thinks the media is supposed to be his propaganda arm. In the end Obama stated that there was no corruption, “not even a smidgen.”

Obama addressed concerns over Benghazi, the launch of HealthCare.gov and the IRS, during the interview Sunday before the Super Bowl. He adamantly rejected the suggestion that the IRS was used for political purposes by singling out Tea Party groups seeking tax exemption.

“That’s not what happened,” he said. Rather, he said, IRS officials were confused about how to implement the law governing those kinds of tax-exempt groups.

“There were some bone-headed decisions,” Obama conceded.

But when asked whether corruption, or mass corruption, was at play, he responded: “Not even mass corruption — not even a smidgen of corruption.”

Bill O’Reilly’s Super Bowl interview with President Obama

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Picture: Source Fox News screen grab – Click in Pic to watch VIDEO

I have just one question, why did President Barack Obama agree to do this interview if he did not intend to answer any question or offer anything new other than the same old BS and blame game? It would appear that the folks at Hot Air are asking the same.

Seriously, I don’t know why Obama bothered to do this interview at all. The only answer he seemed interested in sharing was that Fox News is a big Meany Channel with Meany Reporters who Keep Asking Questions When I Give The Only Answers I Want To Give.

However, the best question of the interview did not even come from Bill O’Reilly. It came in a letter from Kathy LaMaster of Fresno, California. Kathy asked the fantastic question … “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?” BINGO!!! This is why Obama has no credibility anymore. Obama tried to say that, “I don’t think we have to fundamentally transform the nation” … even though he is the one who said we had to, see video below. Some how the US was fine for Obama to be afforded the opportunity of the first black man being elected president, but he has to fundamentally change it for others. Hmm?

Here is what Candidate Obama wanted for our country when he was running for President of the United States of America. He said that “we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

O’REILLY:  OK.  I got a letter from Kathy LaMaster (ph), Fresno, California.  I said I would read one letter from the folks, all right?
O’REILLY:  “Mr. President, why do you feel it’s necessary to fundamentally transform the nation that has afforded you so much opportunity and success?”

OBAMA:  I don’t think we have to fundamentally transform the nation…
O’REILLY:  But those are your words.

Full Transcript of the Interview:

Snippets from interview:

With regards to the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare, President Obama claims everybody will be held accountable. REALLY? No one has been held accountable by this president with anything from Obamacare to Benghazi, from Fast & Furious to IRS-gate. Who is he kidding?

O’REILLY:  And I’m paying Kathleen Sebelius’ salary and she screwed up.
OBAMA:  Yes.
O’REILLY:  And you’re not holding her accountable.
OBAMA:  Yes, well, I — I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable.  But when we’re…
O’REILLY:  But she’s still there.

Obama and O’Reilly spar on Benghazi. The president incredibly is sticking to the story that he called the Benghazi attack a terror attack, even though non-Kool Aid drinking folks know it is a lie. Obama could not answer in a “yes” or “no” manner whether he was told it was a terrorist attack.

O’REILLY:  Did he tell you, Secretary Panetta, it was a terrorist attack?
OBAMA:  You know what he told me was that there was an attack on our compound…
O’REILLY:  He didn’t tell you…
OBAMA:  — (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY:  – he didn’t use the word “terror?”

Really Mr. President, you did not say it was a terror attack in the ’60 Minutes’ interview, when you discussed it with Joy Behar or to the United Nations.

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O’REILLY:  It’s more than that because if Susan Rice goes out and tells the world that it was a spontaneous demonstration…
OBAMA:  Bill…
O’REILLY:  — off a videotape but your…
OBAMA:  Bill…
O’REILLY:  — your commanders and the secretary of Defense know it’s a terror attack…
OBAMA:  Now, Bill…
O’REILLY:  Just…
OBAMA:  — Bill…
O’REILLY:  — as an American…
OBAMA:  — Bill — Bill…
O’REILLY:  — I’m just confused.
OBAMA:  And I’m — and I’m trying to explain it to, if you want to listen.  The fact of the matter is is that people understood, at the time, something very dangerous was happening, that we were focused on making sure that we did everything we can — could — to protect them.  In the aftermath, what became clear was that the security was lax, that not all the precautions and — that needed to be taken were taken and both myself and Secretary Clinton and others indicated as much.

Obama blames the FOX News blame game, good grief, how small of you.

O’REILLY:  — but I just want to say that they’re — your detractors believe that you did not tell the world it was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out.
OBAMA:  Bill, think about…
O’REILLY:  That’s what they believe.
OBAMA:  – and they believe it because folks like you are telling them that.
O’REILLY:  No, I’m not telling them that.
(LAUGHTER)
O’REILLY:  I’m asking you whether you were told…
OBAMA:  But — and what I’m saying is…
O’REILLY:  — it was a terror attack and you…
OBAMA:  — and what I’m saying is that is inaccurate.

On the IRS scandal where conservative and Tea Party groups were specifically targeted by the IRS, Obama says there was no corruption, not even a smidgeon of corruption.

O’REILLY:  — so you’re saying there was no…
OBAMA:  — if you are involved…
O’REILLY:  — no corruption there at all, none?
OBAMA:  That’s not what I’m saying.
O’REILLY:  (INAUDIBLE).
OBAMA:  That’s actually…
O’REILLY:  No, no, but I want to know what…
OBAMA:  — (INAUDIBLE)…
O’REILLY:  — you’re saying.  You’re the leader of the country.
OBAMA:  Absolutely.
O’REILLY:  You’re saying no corruption?
OBAMA:  No.
O’REILLY:  None?
OBAMA:  There were some — there were some bone-headed decisions…
O’REILLY:  Bone-headed decisions…
OBAMA:  — out of — out of a local office…
O’REILLY:  But no mass corruption?
OBAMA:  Not even mass corruption, not even a smidgeon of corruption, I would say.

BTW, how about you wear a tie! Good grief, if you can’t act presidential, could you at least look presidential?

Obama Administration Changing the Obamacare Rules Again … Extending the ObamaCare Enrollment Deadline for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

I thought President Barack Obama and Democrats said that Obamacare was settled law?

The Hill is reporting that the Obama administration is once again changing the rules of Obamacare and extending the deadline of Obamacare enrollment for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The deadline was supposed to end on January 31; however, it has now arbitrarily been extended to March 15. Making matters worse, the original dead line was supposed to be December 31. Hmm, did Congress pass some form of amendment to Obamacare allowing such a change? I thought Democrats said this was settled law? It is hardly anything but as provisions within the law have been continually changed from what was initially passed in a partisan Democrat vote. Hmm, didn’t HHS Sec. Sebelius say that there would be no more delays?

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The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it was again extending the ObamaCare enrollment deadline for people with pre-existing conditions.

The administration said it will extend the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan (PCIP), slated to end January 31, until March 15.

“As part of our continuing effort to help smooth consumers’ transition into Marketplace coverage, we are allowing those covered by PCIP additional time to shop for new coverage while they receive the ongoing care and treatment they need,” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Joanne Peters said in a  statement.

The deadline was originally at the end of December, but last month the administration pushed it back through January because of the problem-plagued HealthCare.gov website.

The new extension is just the latest in a string of unilateral delays the administration has implemented to buy time after the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov.

The Obama administration has so far delayed the premium payments deadline, delayed by one week the sign-up date for coverage beginning Jan. 1, pushed back by six weeks the sign-up date for those seeking coverage by April 1, and delayed the second-year enrollment period until after the 2014 elections.

And as we are witness to the current disaster and debacle of Obamacare,  The NY Post is reporting of a soon to be another 25 million more Obamacare victims.

So a conservative estimate is that 25 million people, out of the 60 million in small group plans, get dropped in 2014. Add that to the 5 million or so whose individual-market already canceled on Jan. 1, and you have a lot of losers.

Indeed, it looks like ObamaCare will create twice as many losers as winners in 2014. The Congressional Budget Office projects that 16 million will gain coverage via the law’s Medicaid expansion (9 million) and subsidized exchange plans (7 million) — and even that’s rosier than the enrollment figures we’ve seen so far.

AND THE LIES JUST CONTINUE … Now the Obama White House is Saying that 7 Million Signups for Obamacare by March Was Never Their Goal

If the Obama White House minions mouths are moving, you can rest assured they are lying …

How bad is it when even MSNBC is trying to hold the Obama White House’s feet yo the fire as to Obamacare signup goals and questions the truthfulness of Obama’s minions?  White House adviser for health policy Phil Shiliro said to MSNBC that the goal for Obamacare was never 7 million signups by March, that was just some arbitrary number from the CBO. What a joke, Schiliro denied that the Obama administration ever set Obamacare enrollment goals of 7 million consumers or that benchmarks were necessary. Really, no benchmarks, I guess we can see why the roll-out and entire concept of Obamacare is a disaster.

What a shock, the Obama administration is moving the goal post once again. The GOP has stated that Obama was infamous for doing this, yet Americans paid no attention. I bet they are now. It is fair to say that nothing from the Obama administration can be trusted.

Transcript:

WELKER: Are you confident that you’re going to be able to meet your target of getting 7 million people by the end of March? And is that still your target number

SCHILIRO: Well, that was never our target number. That was a target that was put out by the Congressional Budget Office and has become the accepted number. But there’s no –

WELKER: Well Kathleen Sebelius has said 7 million people, that that’s the goal.

SCHILIRO: But that was because it came from the Congressional Budget Office and it had become an accepted number. There’s no magic to the 7 million. What there is magic to is that in the month of December, a million Americans signed up for insurance. Not because they had to. They didn’t face a penalty if they didn’t. They signed up because they wanted insurance on Jan. 1.

But wait, what do you mean that 7 million was not the goal? That is the number that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated was the target back in June 2013. But ever since then the White House has lowered the bar and now they have lowered it so much they claim there were no benchmarks. Next thing you know Obama’s minions will be touting negative signups.

Sebelius on Monday said 7 million is a “realistic target.”

“We’re going to be driving our efforts toward that kind of enrollment effort,” she said. “It’s both about numbers and also hopefully getting a balanced risk pool.”

VIDEO below shows HHS Sec Sebelius agreeing with the 3 million target

But what makes it all worse is that not even the so-called 2.1 million who think they have enrolled in Obamacare, really have not. So they are referring to enrolled as individuals who have signed up but may not have paid their premium. How does one have coverage or considered enrolled if they have not paid? So on January 1, 2013 the new set of challenges will begin. How many people think they have insurance coverage; however, do not?

With President Obama’s health care law scheduled to begin in earnest when the new year kicks off, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius claimed on a Tuesday conference call that as of Dec. 28, “2.1 million people have enrolled in a private insurance plan” through the program.

Later in the call, Sebelius emphasized that enrollments wouldn’t be completed until individuals paid their first month’s premiums.

But HHS officials still won’t disclose how many of the 2.1 million they claim enrolled through the federal healthcare.gov website or one of the state-based exchanges actually paid for coverage.

Though Sebelius left the call before the question-and-answer session, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokeswoman Julie Bataille declined several times to provide payment information.

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