Time probably did not intend its article as satire.
According to Swampland.time.com,
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday that she is asking the department’s inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management and performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch.[Emphasis added.]
The announcement comes as Sebelius heads to Capitol Hill for another round of grilling before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
A thorough investigation is needed and that takes lots of time. To that end, the Impartial Departmental Inspector General (I*DIG) should seek advice from all relevant Inspectors General on how they were enabled to prepare their clear and candid reports on Mr. Benghazi’s lamentable death. It had for long been thought that he had been strangled with an unauthorized video tape, prepared in politically incorrect and therefore dangerous ways.
For the investigation to be conducted properly, HHS staff must assemble, carefully, all of the documents the I*DIG should require. HHS staff will need instruction on how to do that, including warnings against distracting the attention of the I*DIG with excessive quantities of documents that he should not need. HHS staff must also be instructed on how to be completely candid about facts if and when questioned — without offering any unauthorized and hence misguided conclusions and suspicions. Staff must also be cautioned against speaking to meddlesome snoops from outside the HHS loop while the I*DIG investigation continues.
The I*DIG’s thorough investigation will require at least a year,
until after the November 2014 electio n. Details as to personnel actions, if any, that may eventually result from the investigation are, of course, sacred and cannot be make public. However, should fault be found we can rest assured that the consequences will be swift, proportionate and fair — some employees of retirement age may even be asked to retire and others may be subjected to the indignity of changing desks. In the event that potentially serious criminal misdeeds by low ranking personnel are discovered, the culprits may be penalized with (slightly) smaller bonuses.
Fear and trembling about the impending HHS inquisition must be palpable.
UPDATE: How much did the Healthglitch.gov website cost and how much should it have cost?
But since it all came out of the ObamaStash, We the People must have got a bargain; why, therefore, should we care? Shirley Surely, for that matter, I*DIG does not need to consider the matter and probably will not.
UPDATE: Secretary Sebelius was as forthcoming in her testimony before the House today as we can expect her I*DIG to be in investigating and reporting why the Healthglitch.gov site’s performance has been “imperfect.”
“There is no free lunch, Madam Secretary! If the premiums increase because of the mandated coverage based upon state senator from the state of Illinois, a Democrat, who is in oversight of the insurance of the state of Illinois and he said when you mandate coverage it is ruled directly on premiums, premiums increase, that is paying, you cannot say these are free of charge!”
“Consumers will not have a co-pay or deductible,” Sebelius fired back, and refused to acknowledge that anyone’s premiums have risen due to Obamacare mandates, despite the widely reported fact that millions of Americans have seen their health insurance premiums and deductibles rise sharply since Obamacare’s implementation. [Emphasis added.]
An exasperated Shimkus, his question time expiring and Democrats rushing to cover for Sebelius, said “We’re just gonna agree to disagree. It’s like talking to the [People’s Democratic] Republic of Korea.”
Our Civil Savants at their finest! Were we to import some from the DPRK might we get more competent and honest bureaucrats? Kim Chi-un apparently has some more he might be happy to spare because they are seen as dangers to his “unitary government.” Maybe we should try; they might be better.
UPDATE: Thanks, dear Secretary, for an other-world view.
How is Dorthy doing in the Land of Oz and how is Alice getting along with the mad queen in Wonderland? When did you last ask them? Please do give both my very best wishes when you next consult them.
In a letter addressed to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) accuses the department of criminally threatening the vendor that developed the troubled HealthCare.gov website. Issa chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has been investigating the extremely rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov on October 1.
Issa cites a December 6, 2013 letter that HHS sent to Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. In that letter, “the Department claimed that the company is contractually precluded from producing documents to Congress. The letter further stated that the Department will respond to requests from Congress on the company’s behalf.” Issa’s letter states that other HealthCare.gov vendors received similar letters. [Emphasis added.]
But Issa notes that the actual HHS contract precludes vendors from sharing documents with other companies, not Congress, which is charged by the Constitution with overseeing the actions of the executive branch. [Emphasis added.]
HHS just wants to ensure that the I*DIG isn’t preempted and will have a full and fair opportunity to ignore really bad stuff until after November of next year, when it won’t make much difference.