By Dan Olmsted
Oof. That's about all a poor besieged progressive like me can say after watching the Obamacare rollout. "A self-inflicted wound for people who believe in the public sector," said journalist and historian Jon Meacham.
Listening to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at the House hearing this week reminded me of listening to the CDC's Coleen Boyle at the House hearing last year. They don't know much but they'll get the answers, they say.
The CDC is part of HHS, and there's a pattern here -- bad performance. HHS was asleep at the switch as the Website was "readied" for rollout. CDC and FDA -- also part of HHS -- were asleep at the switch as vaccines containing way too much cumulative mercury were rolled out. The IACC, also under the thumb of HHS, is asleep, period, as the autism epidemic rolls on.
I was at the meeting where Sebelius spoke about all the great work the committee and its chair Tom Insell were doing. Heck of a job, Tommy.
Along with everything else, the post-vaccine court autism epidemic is incompetence with a heaping helping of unaccountability piled on top. For those who believe that the federal government simply could not be boneheaded enough to trigger an autism epidemic, and then self-interested enough to hide it and blame every other possible culprit, Obamacare to date is a pungent riposte -- oh yes they can.
"We all want progress,"wrote C.S. Lewis. "But progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man."
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.