Rep. John Fleming said Tuesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should step down because her agency had three years to prepare for the debut of online insurance markets that have been plagued by computer glitches.
Mr. Fleming, Louisiana Republican, said the new health care law is a “ship in search of an iceberg” that will harm the nation once it’s fully implemented, a claim that diverges from the White House’s insistence that online markets tied to the law will improve during a six-month open enrollment period that began Oct. 1.
“The rest of it is going to get a lot worse,” Mr. Fleming told Fox News. “It’s actually going to go down from here, not up.”
Mr. Fleming and Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, have called on Mrs. Sebelius to resign because of rampant problems with the federal website, HealthCare.gov, that is supposed to help people shop for coverage, often with the help of income-based government subsidies.
“We may find Bigfoot before we actually find an enrollee,” Mr. Fleming said.
State-run web portals also have reported a mix of problems and success stories.