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Don't fire Kathleen Sebelius; her boss is the problem

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Pressure is mounting in some quarters for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to be made the sacrificial lamb for the abysmal failure of Healthcare.gov.

There were more than sufficient grounds to terminate Sebelius during Obama's first term, not the least of which was her extorting contributions to promote Obamacare from the same health insurance providers HHS regulates under the program.

But Sebelius is not the major reason for the Obamacare website's epic flop from its first minute of operation on Oct. 1. The person who should be fired sits in the Oval Office.

His way or the highway

Nothing has so illustrated the fundamental problem with Barack Obama as president. No, it's not that he's the most left-wing president ever, it's that he is utterly and without apology unwilling to compromise on his ideological agenda for transforming America into a European welfare state.

Healthcare.gov was launched on Oct. 1 despite its known flaws because Obama demanded that it not be delayed. Just as he refused during the shutdown crisis to even think about delaying the individual mandate, Obama insisted that the program's primary website go forward on his terms.

That's been Obama's attitude from day one. He ignored every Republican suggestion during the health care reform debate, just as he did on his economic stimulus package. It's hard to think of a single GOP idea Obama has incorporated into any of his signature proposals.

Reagan was different

Elsewhere on the site today, Washington Examiner columnist Noemie Emery points out that President Reagan's attitude on such things was profoundly different. "My 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy," Reagan said.

The irony here is that Obama could have saved Obamacare by accepting the one-year delay sought by Republicans during the shutdown debate.

In a single stroke, he would have gained time to fix Obamacare (assuming that is possible, of course), forced Republicans to ground their most effective weapon for the 2014 congressional campaign, and positioned himself as the most reasonable guy in the room.

Instead, Obama refused to compromise, his signature domestic program has suffered what seems likely to be irreparable damage, and confirmed himself as the most unreasonable man in American politics.

In today's Washington Examiner

Editorial: Paranoia on the Left over the Tea Party and the debt ceiling.

Noemie Emery: Tea Party conservatives should seek out more of Reagan's '80 percent friends.'

Diana Furchtgott-Roth: U.S. should adopt Canada's immigration policies.

Charlie Spiering: The 32 questions White House reporters asked Jay Carney Tuesday.

Joel Gehrke: Mike Lee plans to flex Tea Party muscle in 2014.

Sean Higgins: Special prosecutor probing Wisconsin's 2012 recall election.

In other news

The Washington Post: Health co-ops, created to foster competition and lower insurance costs, are in danger.

The New York Times: Russia puts the strong arm on its neighbors.

USA Today: Obama's legacy threatened by Obamacare's flaws.

AP: White House aide fired over false Twitter handle.

Chicago Tribune: House oversight chairman wants answers on Healthcare.gov problems.

Los Angeles Times: Army lets air out of battlefield spy blimp.

Righty Playbook

National Review Online: The Gang of Eight's coalition of bigs.

Washington Free Beacon: 9/11 Truther wins Ron Paul's vintage Chevy.

American Thinker: The Tuesday jobs report is a lot like the Friday jobs report.

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Air Force officers with nuclear launch keys left blast doors open.

New Republic: Media can't stop sucking up to Alan Greenspan.

New York Observer: A liberal's frustration with Obamacare.

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