President Barack Obama apparently met officially with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius just once in the nearly four years leading up to the Oct. 1 launch of the Obamacare website healthcare.gov, according to an analysis by the conservative Government Accountability Institute.

Obama and Sebelius Reportedly Had Only One Official Meeting in the 3.5 Years Leading Up to Website Rollout

President Barack Obama reportedly met only once with Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the 3 1/2 years leading up to the Oct. 1 launch of healthcare.gov (Getty Images)

The organization examined the official White House calendar as well Politico’s presidential calendar. Phone and email communication were not included in the report.

The president reportedly held 277 private meetings with 16 other Cabinet secretaries from March 23, 2010, to Nov. 30, 2013, though not with Sebelius, who was tasked with implementing his signature legislative achievement.

And here’s something else: The official White House calendar doesn’t even list an official meeting between the president and Sebelius, according to the Government Accountability Institute, because the White House calendar only goes back as far as July 12, 2010. So the organization had to look to the Politico calendar to find any trace of an official face-to-face meeting between Obama and Sebelius.

The institute “analyzed the entirety of the Politico calendar from March 23, 2010 to November 30, 2013 and found a single mention of an April 21, 2010 joint meeting between Obama, then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Sebelius.”


In the midst of healthcare.gov’s disastrous rollout, Obama said he was “not informed directly that the website would not be working the way it was supposed to.”

Neither the White House nor the Department of Health and Human Services immediately responded to TheBlaze’s request for comment.

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