Kathleen Sebelius made a career out of praising, touting and defending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The outgoing Health and Human Services secretary was the one who touted enrollment numbers in the law. She endured backlash over the administration’s PPACA delays, answered questions about concerns over it and even testified about it. And when HealthCare.gov suffered a disastrous rollout, she took the blame.
Other PPACA supporters emerged quickly to praise Sebelius’s achievements. Enroll America President Anne Filipic, featured in the July 2013 issue of Benefits Selling, praised Sebelius for PPACA achievements during her tenure: expanded health care coverage, the elimination of pre-existing condition denial by carriers, and “peace of mind that comes with affordable, quality health insurance coverage — through Medicaid, through CHIP and through the health insurance marketplace.”
“Every day, our hundreds of staffers and tens of thousands of volunteers hear moving stories from Americans across the country who are finally able to access the medical care they and their families need, many for the first time ever,” Filipic said. “Those families — and the millions of families who will benefit in the years to come — represent Secretary Sebelius’s true and lasting legacy.”
Kevin Davis, a benefits advisor at Lacher & Associates in Philadelphia, said Sebelius’s resignation “seems like a political move to have a scapegoat, should the insurance carriers continue to announce double-digit individual and small-business insurance rate increases due to PPACA, which will naturally be political fodder for the midterm elections.”
“Since she said, ‘Hold me accountable’ at Congressional hearings, now we see the accountability of falling on the sword for the party that she foreshadowed with that comment,” Davis adds, noting he’s not sure the move helps anyone.