On this blog, I'm going to leave the CD's on the shelf and vent my frustrations with the current state of political affairs.
Our country has problems.
Our tax burden is worse than our founding fathers fought a revolution over.
Our Federal government has grown into a monstrosity that would make Paul Revere start riding again.
We're back...in the United States' Socialist Republic!
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
SEBELIUS UNDER FIRE
In an exchange with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas., Health and
Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated Wednesday that it was
possible convicted felons could be hired as ObamaCare ‘navigators,’ giving them
access to personal information like Social Security numbers and addresses of
anyone signing up for the program.
Sebelius made the admission during a Senate Finance Committee
hearing, the second time in a week she was on Capitol Hill, forced to
defend the problem-plagued ObamaCare website.
“Isn’t it true that there is no federal requirement for
navigators to undergo a criminal background check,” Cornyn asked her.
“That is true,” Sebelius answered. “States could add in
additional background checks and other features, but it is not part of the
Cornyn pressed, “So a convicted felon could be a navigator
and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst
Sebelius answered, “This is possible.”
The last time Sebelius testified before a House committee,
she fell on the sword, personally apologizing for the failures.
“Hold me accountable for the debacle,” she said. “I’m
responsible.” Lawmakers from both parties have harshly criticized the health
insurance exchange website rollout and her agency’s lack of foresight about the
Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts called for her
resignation. He spoke at length during the hearing, expressing his
disappointment at the lack of information provided to Congress throughout the
website’s development – including some warnings of problems ahead by government
“In short, Madam Secretary, I believe you were given advice,
counsel and warning from experts inside your agency and out that the health
care exchanges were not going to be ready. Furthermore, I believe to protect
the administration, you chose to ignore these warnings, and as a result, you
have put our entire health care system and one-sixth of our economy in
“You have said America should hold you for — accountable,
which is why today, Madam Secretary, I repeat my request for you to resign,” he
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced the
abrupt retirement of the chief information officer, in the first high-level
departure since the botched HealthCare.gov launch last month.
In my opinion, the computer glitches should not be the focus.
In the past, I’d have said the focus should be the
constitutionality of the bill, but quite frankly, today’s admission concerns
The idea that my employer is required by the federal
government to perform background checks on all employees who handle personal
health information (we subcontract with Medicare health plans), but the federal
government does not impose the same requirement on their own employees is one I
find very alarming.
With identity theft as rampant as it is, we're not going to screen who we allow to access our citizen's personal information?
Doesn't that seem a little short-sighted?
Can't this administration do anything right the first time?