A Louisiana congressman has added his voice to the call for President Obama’s top health official to resign.
Rep. John Fleming, a Republican, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should step down in light of the rocky rollout of online insurance markets tied to the new health care law.
“The rollout of Obamacare, like the law itself, has been a mess,” Mr. Fleming said. “For the sake of the American health care system, as well as jobs and the economy, Obamacare should be repealed. In the meantime, someone must be held accountable for wasting taxpayer dollars on a rollout that was more than three years in the making.”
Mr. Fleming joins Sen. Pat Roberts, Kansas Republican, who called for Ms. Sebelius’ resignation on Friday.
Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, also has called for the secretary to lose her job.
“Hundreds of millions of $$ for website that doesn’t work. When will Sebelius be fired for ObamaCare trainwreck?” he tweeted Friday.
Users were supposed to be able to shop for private coverage, often with the help of income-based government subsidies, on online exchanges that debuted Oct. 1.
But the websites were fraught with error messages and other glitches, a problem the administration attributed to Web traffic on HealthCare.gov before numerous experts said there were serious problems with the site’s infrastructure.
“Secretary Sebelius has been a governor and a state insurance commissioner; she must know better,” Mr. Fleming said. “She was warned repeatedly by all of us who called for a one-year delay of Obamacare’s implementation and taxes to prevent this chaos. Now, it’s time for her to resign or be fired.”
Republican critics of the law have bemoaned the fact that the government shutdown, which began with a fight over Obamacare, has knocked the health law’s problems off the front page in many cases.