Documents Show Obama Met With HHS’ Sebelius 18 Times Before Disastrous Obamacare Rollout

February 13, 2014 12:44 pmViews: 1167

Obama meets with Kathleen Sebelius


As much as President Obama claims to not know when it comes to serious issues such as Benghazi or the disaster of the Obamacare website, it is a wonder he even knew he was elected for a second term in the White House.

Both HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Obama himself have claimed he did not know about the problems with the glitch prone Obamacare website, but according to documents obtained by The Hill, that is very likely not the case. These records show that Sebelius met with President Obama 18 times from October 27th 2012 to October 6th 2013 and in at least 7 of those 18 meetings Obama and Sebelius were specifically scheduled to talk about the new Obamacare law.

And you're telling us the president did not know HealthCare.gov was a complete disaster?

Sebelius also met with with one of Obama's closest advisers, Pete Rouse, as well as Valerie Jarrett and Obama Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

No, Obama didn't know anything about what an epic fail the Obamacare rollout would be.

Is there anyone who really believes that?

Read more below from The Hill:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year.

While Sebelius has said the president was not aware of HealthCare.gov’s problems, more than 750 pages of documents obtained by The Hill through a Freedom of Information Act request show she made scores of visits to the White House.

The documents reveal that Sebelius met with or attended calls and events with Obama at least 18 times between Oct. 27, 2012, and Oct. 6, 2013, including at least seven instances in which the two were scheduled to discuss the new healthcare law, according to the secretary’s draft schedules.

She had breakfast or lunch with Pete Rouse, considered one of Obama’s closest advisers, at least three times. Moreover, Sebelius had scheduled calls or meetings with Valerie Jarrett, an Obama confidante, and White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.

Sebelius also met with or had calls with Chris Jennings, then a White House senior healthcare adviser, at least seven times in the roughly yearlong period.

The schedules suggest Sebelius was an active White House presence in the months leading up to the botched rollout, and raise new questions about why Obama wouldn’t have known about the problems that were exposed on Oct. 1.

HHS said in a statement to The Hill that Sebelius is often on the White House grounds.

“She is frequently at the White House for meetings on a wide range of topics, including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. As we have also said, the Affordable Care Act is more than just a website, and consistent with other significant policy initiatives, there was coordination across the Administration on a broad range of policy and implementation topics,” said the agency.

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