Maddow Criticizes Obama Administration Over Sebelius Departure

Friday, 11 Apr 2014 07:12 AM

By Melanie Batley

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MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow was incredulous at the news that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is stepping down, just a week after the White House's "victory lap" on Obamacare.

During a segment on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Thursday, the host appeared taken aback by the news and also disgusted by the administration's timing of the announcement, saying the White House risks ruining the first positive Obamacare news cycle in years with "a story instead about firing people."

"Kathleen Sebelius has to go? Why now? Because the administration can't resist stepping on its own tail and turning the first good news cycle they have had about Obamacare since it passed into a story instead about firing people for Obamacare's failures?"

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Maddow said that just a week ago, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Sebelius said she was staying on until November.

David Corn, the Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones argued that it might not necessarily be that shocking, with the White House being able to frame the exit of Sebelius as a departure after a "quasi-mission accomplished."

Maddow still didn’t buy it, comparing it to a victorious sports team that "stops halfway through their victory lap to fire the coach."

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