Mission accomplished. Everyone can go home. Well, Kathleen Sebelius can go home. She can walk off into the sunset, content in the knowledge that, in her job as Health and Human Services Secretary, she has provided every American with “quality, affordable health insurance.”
Let me not put words in Ezra Klein’s mouth. His own words, tweeted last night, need no embellishment. Here they are:
Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won http://t.co/GYi8z0ItLj
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) April 10, 2014
This morning, the Tweetosphere is fairly buzzing with incredulity. Twitchy quotes a dozen reactions, but the message tweeted by Daily Caller’s Clifford Smith will serve as an example of the overall tone:
@ezraklein that’s quite possibly the dumbest thing I’ve ever read on twitter. And that’s saying something.
— Clifford Smith (@CliffSmithZBRDZ) April 10, 2014
But Klein didn’t stop at merely tweeting victory last night when word of Sebelius’s resignation went out over the news wires. He devoted a whole article to it at his new website Vox.
In it he noted that “calls for Sebelius’s resignation were almost constant after Obamacare’s catastrophic launch” but that the sage “President Obama refused” to capitulate. Why? Because “there was too much to be done to fire one of the few people who knew how to finish the job.”
Klein doesn’t limit his pie-in-the-sky speculation to Sebelius’s departure. He also writes:
The evidence has piled up in recent weeks that the strategy worked. Obamacare’s first year, despite a truly horrific start, was a success. More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Millions more have signed up through Medicaid. And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers.
In other words, the law has won its survival.
Now, if you’ll excuse Klein, he and Sebelius are going to mount their unicorns for a victory lap around the Rose Garden.