Top 10 moments from Kathleen Sebelius’s testimony on Obamacare

Top 10 moments from Kathleen Sebelius’s testimony on Obamacare

1. I’m responsible

The hearing was off to a great start once Sebelius took responsibility for the botched rollout of the Obamacare website.

Hold me responsible for the debacle,” Sebelius said, when questioned by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. “I’m responsible.”

2. ‘It’s illegal’

As my colleague Philip Klein reported, Sebelius was mistaken as she repeatedly insisted that it would be illegal for her to sign up for the health insurance exchanges offered by Obamacare.

According to Healthcare.gov, there are only three requirements for purchasing a plan on an exchange: Buyers “must live in the United States”; “must be a U.S. citizen or national (or be lawfully present)”; and “can’t be currently incarcerated.”

3. ‘Don’t do this to me’

While members of Congress were questioning Sebelius about signing up for the health insurance exchanges, she consulted with her staff after saying that it would be illegal to do so.

Turning back to the congressional committee, she muttered, “Don’t do this to me,” as Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., repeated the question.

4. ‘Whatever’

Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., asked Sebelius if President Obama was ultimately responsible for the botched Obamacare website launch.

“While I think it’s great that you’re a team player and taking responsibility, it is the president’s ultimate responsibility, correct?” Harper said.

“You clearly — uh — whatever,” an annoyed Sebelius replied. “Yes, he is the president, he is responsible for government programs.”

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