[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Obamacare rollout was a disaster. Republican members of the House, who have held up the healthcare reform legislation-become-law for five years and two-and-a-half election cycles as the thing that could swallow democracy and freedom, have relished every second the federal healthcare.gov site has stalled and spun.
Because they can’t call the President before them, they have tried to make Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the avatar of the troubled website in a series of hearings that have been a circus of schadenfreude and often only semi-coherent accusations and conspiracy theories.
Illinois Rep. John Shimkus took a chapter from Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner in the latest round of hearings and railed at the Secretary. He didn’t let Sebelius speak because his questions weren’t really questions. At one point, sputtering, he likened speaking to Sebelius to speaking to the dictator of North Korea.
When Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner last week said his caucus needed to learn how to speak to women, maybe it was because he was watching these hearings.
Edit note: The original version of this post referred to “Katherine” instead of “Kathleen” Sebelius. We apologize to the Secretary and thank the Cory Gardner staff for the tip. We’ve fact checked Gardner staff material to great effect over the years. We appreciate the return favor.