The [exquisitely painful Senate] hearing [for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius] came on the same day that the Obama administration announced that the chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, whose office supervised the creation of the troubled federal website, was retiring.
The official, Tony Trenkle, will step down on Nov. 15 “to take a position in the private sector,” said an email message circulated among agency employees.
As the agency’s top information officer, Mr. Trenkle supervised the spending of $2 billion a year on information technology products and services, including development of HealthCare.gov, the website for the new health insurance marketplace.
So far. But don't worry: vigorous applications of corrective corporeal punishment towards staffers have been made permanent action items on the checklist, and have been automatically renewed until a pre-determined benchmark of heightened employee job satisfaction level has been reached. So that problem's solved.
Anyway, that's not even the problem for Sebelius and her fellow Democrats. This is the problem:
Breaking on The Kelly File tonight new numbers on health insurance cancellations. pic.twitter.com/Ts6azqgHwy
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 6, 2013
3.8 million is not quite the popular vote margin between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in the 2012 election, but it's getting there. And we haven't even heard from some of the biggest states in the country yet.
Moe Lane (crosspost)