Sebelius breaks law, hurts Obamacare
The Kansas City Star
As expected, critics of Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act are jumping on the fact that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius broke the law.
Violating the Hatch Act doesn’t mean Sebelius is going to jail - or that she should resign, again as some opponents are demanding. Fortunately, Sebelius - former governor of Kansas - had the good sense to acknowledge her mistake and not try to compound the matter.
But the incident - in which she mixed politics with her job in a speech in North Carolina - does further damage to Sebelius’ credibility in spreading the good word about Obamacare. It’s now slightly easier to claim that the secretary is behind the health care plan for political reasons and to keep her job, not because she really thinks it is best for America.
In reality, Sebelius has good reasons to stand behind Obamacare. It has done a lot of good for many Americans, including allowing millions of young people to get medical insurance they otherwise would not have had.
Going forward, Sebelius has to be careful not to break the law again and further damage the cornerstone of Obama’s first term in office.