Sebelius Now Believes +2,000 Page Health Care Bill Too Complicated – Blames Republicans

Earlier this week, Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius admitted  that she didn’t realize how complicated getting ObamaCare off the ground would  be.

Sebelius complained that “no one fully anticipated” the difficulties involved  in implementing ObamaCare, or how confusing it would be with the public.

She wasn’t talking about the massive and impossible task of imposing central  planning on one-sixth of the nation’s economy.

Instead, she was trying to find a way to blame Republicans for ObamaCare’s  failures when the inevitable problems start emerging.

Rather than say “let’s get on board, let’s make this work,” recalcitrant  Republicans have forced her to engage in “state-by-state political battles,”  Sebelius said at a Harvard School of Public Health forum. “The politics has been  relentless.”

So let’s see if we get this. Democrats shoved an unpopular, expensive,  ill-conceived and poorly written law down the country’s throat with no  Republican support, and without bothering to see whether states would want to  take on the thankless and costly task of helping the feds implement it.

And now that many of these states are rebelling, it’s the Republicans’  fault?

Sebelius’ fellow Democrat, West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, had a more  accurate take on the problem the administration faces: the law is “probably the  most complicated piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress”  and “if it isn’t done right the first time, it will just simply get worse.”

Rockefeller, like a growing number of Democrats, realizes that ObamaCare is  shaping up to be a political disaster for the party next November.

The influential Cook Political Report noted earlier this month that almost  all of the Democratic insiders they talked to “voiced concern about the  potential for the issue to hurt Democrats in 2014.”

And just what could explain these concerns?

Maybe it’s because even Sebelius now admits that ObamaCare will force  insurance claims up 32%.

Or possibly it’s because, despite endless assurances that the insurance  exchanges would be ready on time, the administration had to delay for a year a  key feature meant to give small business a choice of health plans.

Or because neither Sebelius nor the states have provided evidence they can  get the rest of the exchanges ready by Oct. 1, when ObamaCare’s open enrollment  begins.

Or perhaps Democrats’ fears stem from state insurance commissioners warning  of a rate shock once ObamaCare’s “community rating” rules and benefit mandates  start. Or from rising evidence the law is hurting job growth as small businesses  try to avoid its costs.

None of this, mind you, has anything to do with Republicans. And if the GOP  were smart, it’d be focused on making sure that, come next November, the public  knows that, too.