Politico Buries Lede to Protect Sebelius

"Kathleen Sebelius to testify on Obamacare."

On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would testify about the Obamacare rollout before Congress – but not this week. “To be clear, the House hearing is this week,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) of Sebelius’ attempt to kick the can down the road, adding, “Let’s be clear, the HHS statement is one announcing Sebelius will NOT testify Thursday in the House. Unacceptable.”

Nonetheless, Politico buried the real headline – Sebelius’ attempt to delay testimony – under the headline, “Kathleen Sebelius to testify on Obamacare.” Reporter Kyle Cheney snarkily commented, “The GOP made clear what their approach will be: using the full acronym for the health law, they titled the first hearing: ‘PPACA Implementation: Unprepared or Incompetent?’”

Politico did note that Sebelius appeared on Jon Stewart’s program on Comedy Central to answer questions about Obamacare implementation, but quickly labeled that inconsistency a Republican talking point: “Republicans repeatedly pointed out that she had, just days before the hearing was scheduled, found time to appear on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ — where host Jon Stewart lambasted her.”

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