November 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act Is the Problem, Not Kathleen Sebelius

Jerry Ellig

Former Senior Research Fellow
Summary

In response to the botched launch of the federal health insurance website, Healthcare.gov, some members of the House and Senate are calling for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. While this desire for accountability is understandable, lawmakers would do well to remember that the greatest human tragedies in the health care rollout stem from provisions in the Affordable Care Act itself – not from the HHS secretary’s oversight of the website.

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In response to the botched launch of the federal health insurance website, Healthcare.gov, some members of the House and Senate are calling for the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. While this desire for accountability is understandable, lawmakers would do well to remember that the greatest human tragedies in the health care rollout stem from provisions in the Affordable Care Act itself – not from the HHS secretary’s oversight of the website.  

Public policy, not people, is the problem. Fixing the problem will require changing the policy, not just changing the people who administer it.

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