Kathleen Sebelius expected to leave HHS after Obamacare rollout snafu: Sneed
BY MICHAEL SNEED October 21, 2013 8:18PM
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebeliusspeaks with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough after an event Monday where President Barack Obama spoke about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. | Saul LoebAFP/Getty Images
Updated: November 23, 2013 6:31AM
The Sebelius saga . . .
It’s called the shun gun!
Sneed is told that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who is shattered by the criticism of the way her office disastrously unrolled Obamacare, will not be fired; she will exit by the war of attrition.
◆ To wit: President Barack Obama doesn’t want his legacy to be tainted by acknowledging the program’s disastrous launch earlier this month via a public Sebelius dismissal.
◆ Translation: Sneed is told Sebelius is this/close to White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. If Jarrett steps away, watch for Sebelius to resign. Sneed also is told that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is no Sebelius fan. Stay tuned.
◆ The endshot: Goodbye in Obama time.
Tweet twaddle . . .
Hair scare! Reality maven Kristin Cavallari, who regularly tweets a stream of consciousness equal to the brain of a thrumming tree cicada — just got tweaked for tweeting about her lack of hair extensions — on the same day her hubby, Chicago Bear Jay Cutler, got hurt battling the Washington Redskins.
◆ Retorted Kristin: I tweeted that BEFORE he got hurt.”
Now that’s a relief.
The skull mystery . . .
The unidentified, untagged human skull lost in a coroner’s cooler at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office for three years — until its discovery last week — has now definitely been linked to a 2010 homicide victim.
◆ Explanation: “The skull had never been tested for DNA until last week, and now we can confirm the skull belongs to a 2010 homicide; a head uncovered at a demolition site on South Aberdeen Street on June 8, 2010,” a source said. “Pulp was extracted from the few teeth left in the skull.”
◆ The end shot: It could be at least six months until Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Stephen Cina has an ID, the source said.
The Hillary file . . .
Who needs rest? Not Hillary.
◆ Rest ’em: Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton may claim her mother needs to take it easy, but at the whirlwind rate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been traveling lately — headlining fund-raisers and gathering honorariums — you’d think she was running for president.
◆ Thus, it should come as no surprise, Hillary is keynoting the Jewish United Fund luncheon next Monday at the Sheraton Chicago at the behest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who adores Miss Hillary.
The silver chalice . . .
The Cup runneth over: One of the last stops for the Stanley Cup will be at O’Neil’s on Wells on Tuesday, where a $20 donation will be a near-last-gasp chance to get a pic with the punch bowl — and help pay for shelter, food and education for Cambodia’s garbage dump scavenger children. The nonprofit organization backed by owner Joe O’Neil and his wife, Susan, is called A New Day Cambodia.
I spy . . .
Actor Will “Anchorman” Ferrell stopped by Gibsons with a group of fellow University of Southern California alums Friday. The hilarious thespian was in town to lead USC’s marching band at the team’s game Saturday against Notre Dame in South Bend. . . . The Eagles stopped by Alex Dana’s Centro for dinner Sunday while on tour in Chicago, and they wound up dining with the rock group’s great friend, Steve Lombardo, from Gibsons. . . . And Blackhawks Andrew Shaw, Brandon Bollig, Corey Crawford, Johnny Oduya and Marcus Kruger all stopped by Chicago Cut after their win Friday.
Sneedlings . . .
Former U.S. Army Capt. William Swenson, who was just presented with the Medal of Honor, will speak at the John Marshall Law School on Friday.
Swenson, 34, who quit the service after criticizing army leaders for not sending in proper support to save his men, just requested to rejoin the Army after years of unemployment.
◆ Tuesday’s birthdays: Jeff Goldblum, 61; Zac Hanson, 28; Pam Zekman, ageless and priceless. And happy belated to John K. Holton.