WASHINGTON -- Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary
“People have competitive choices and real information for the first time ever in this insurance market,” Sebelius said in an interview on
Before, she said, "individuals were really on their own" if they did not have insurance through an employer or the government. "If you were healthy and wealthy, you could get coverage," she said, but not so if you were sick or struggling economically.
Sebelius, who resigned last week, conceded that her department had botched the rollout of the insurance exchanges at the beginning of October.
"If I had a magic wand, I'd go back to mid-September" and ask more probing questions, she said. "I thought I was getting the best information from the best experts," but their confident prediction that the system was ready to go "was just flat-out wrong," she said.
She described the following eight weeks as “a pretty dismal time” and the low point of her tenure as
Sebelius said she decided early this year that the completion of the first open-enrollment cycle for the program was the best time for her to step down. She said she did not want to stay in the job until January 2017, when President
Obama last week nominated his