• With: Charles Krauthammer

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    O'REILLY: Thanks for staying with us. I'm Bill O'Reilly. In the "Unresolved Problems" segment tonight, once again, a member of the Obama administration, not held accountable for performance.

    Kathleen Sebelius -- there she is, Secretary of the HHS, now says she will testify in front of Congress perhaps next week.

    Here now, Fox Political Analyst, Charles Krauthammer, whose big, new book, "Things That Matter, Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics," hits the stores tomorrow. We'll get to the book in a moment.

    So, Holder on Fast and Furious, Hillary Clinton on Benghazi, Chuck Hagel on military families. And, now, Sebelius on the screw-up of ObamaCare.

    This is one secretary after another. None of them are held accountable. None of them.

    CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR: Well, that's because their president doesn't hold them accountable.


    In fact, it's hard to see when the president ever holds anybody in his administration accountable, particularly himself.


    I mean, he is after all Commander-in-Chief. And on none of these has he ever said, "We screwed up." I mean --

    O'REILLY: Well, today, he did. I heard that.

    KRAUTHAMMER: No. Today, what he did is he tried to sell this thing. He gave this speech in which he said, "The product is great. The price is wonderful. We have a little problem at the checkout counter."

    O'REILLY: Yes, but after three and a half years and tens of millions of dollars, we shouldn't have a little problem at the checkout counter.

    KRAUTHAMMER: But that's the point. I mean, he's pretending this thing doesn't exist, that it's a glitch.

    And that, somehow, it's the Republicans because of all the criticism of this who poisoned the well. The fact is, they had three and a half years.

    O'REILLY: That's right.

    KRAUTHAMMER: And they completely screwed it up. And the product - - I mean, in some sense, it's saving them because if people were able to get access to the product, they would know that it isn't cheap and it isn't good.

    O'REILLY: Well, they're going to know that soon enough, which is why I think that the Republicans, right now, have to stand back a little bit.

    KRAUTHAMMER: Exactly.

    O'REILLY: Right. Let the thing. We've discussed this.

    Now, Kathleen Sebelius, she's going to get worked over by the Republicans next week. They're going to come after her.


    And we've had her in our innings with the former governor of Kansas about the late-term abortionist, George Tiller, who was assassinated. Sebelius enabled that man to kill babies for any reason.


    And the proof of that is that Tiller's second has lost her medical license in Kansas. She cannot practice anymore because the Kansas authorities found that the whole thing was bogus.


    All the reasons they gave. And Sebelius was in on this from day one, to terminate the late-term fetuses.


    A lot of that was bogus. And we knew it from the jump. So, my question to you is, if Sebelius comes up there, she's going to be embarrassed.

    She's going to have to do the rope-a-dope, "I don't remember," or this, right.

    KRAUTHAMMER: Well, first of all, what's striking is her arrogance. The fact that she would refuse to appear in front of Congress.

    O'REILLY: This week.

    KRAUTHAMMER: This is elementary responsibility.

    O'REILLY: Right.

    KRAUTHAMMER: Yes, she goes a whole week. I mean, if we hadn't had the shutdown, the big story of the last three weeks would have been why is she still in her job.

    It got overshadowed. And that is an issue. I mean she is in charge of this.


    And the reason -- some of the reasons that this thing is a disaster are the political decisions she had made. For example, the element in HHS which runs Medicare and Medicaid, the centers for Medicare and Medicaid, appointed themselves the general contractors in charge of the 50, 60, 70 elements in this, which is utterly impossible because the wanted to maintain control.