Paul Ryan: HHS secretary should step down over Obamacare
October 22nd, 2013
06:56 PM ET
9 months ago

Paul Ryan: HHS secretary should step down over Obamacare

(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday joined a growing list of Republicans who want Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down over rampant problems in the launch of Obamacare’s HealthCare.gov.

The 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee was on a conference call with reporters, helping fellow Republican and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli make the case against a Medicaid expansion in the state championed by Cuccinelli’s opponent, Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

Cuccinelli has already said that Sebelius should step down. When Ryan was asked if he felt the same way, he responded: “I do agree with that.”

“This rollout has been a fiasco,” the House Budget Committee chairman said, and “not just because they have bad tech,” but because the entirety of the law is flawed.

Sebelius gave members of Congress the impression the health care website’s launch would be flawless despite knowing otherwise, said the congressman from Wisconsin.

“I think some people should be held responsible,” Ryan added.

Much of the call was devoted to Cuccinelli attempting to paint the differences between himself and McAuliffe. Cuccinelli, the Virginia attorney general, argued that his opponent has little experience and would drive the state to financial ruin by expanding Medicaid.

McAuliffe, a businessman and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has accused Cuccinelli of tea party extremism. Two weeks before the election, he leads Cuccinelli by single digits in the latest public opinion polls.

–CNN’s Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • Ken Cuccinelli • Paul Ryan
soundoff (365 Responses)
  1. Blake

    LOLOLOL!!! Republicans are so immature, you have to laugh to keep from crying.... Let me get this straight. The GOP shutdown caused over 800,000 people to be furloughed, hurt families and small businesses tremendously and cost the country $24 BILLION!! Yet, they want Kathleen Sebelius to step down over a LAW that they hate and don't even want funded in the first place??? Does this make ANY sense to those of us who were born with brains??! Vote out every Republican in 2014 and 2016. America cannot afford their games anymore.

    October 22, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Angel

    Republicans have some nerve asking ANYONE to step down! Their shutdown cost us $24 BILLION DOLLARS! I am so tired of this pathetic
    party.

    October 22, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Angela

    It's funny how ALL of a sudden Republicans CARE about the Obamacare website and the well-being of people who need to sign up for healthcare, being that they did everything they possibly could to defund and dismantle it! Very ironic........Republicans are a bunch of clowns. We need to get them voted out in 2014 and 2016!

    October 22, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Lisa P.

    “I think some people should be held responsible,” Ryan said.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Funny - why doesn't Paul Ryan say that about his and Mitt Romney's fiasco of a campaign? Is it because it would require a mirror?

    October 22, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. RWB1956

    Gee, a Republican calling for someone to resign from the Obama administration. Ho-hum.

    October 22, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. HenryMiller

    No, actually, Obama should step down over Obamacare.

    October 22, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Paul Ryan should step down for all his lies to the American people.

    October 22, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. smith

    She should step down. The rollout has been a dismal failure. However, Mr.Ryan has nothing to be proud of after the shutdown. Maybe time for Ryan and Cruz to step down as well.

    October 22, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Boggles The Mind

    Yeh sure Ryan, lets rally the pitchforks and torches and gather another lynch mob for another non-conspiracy witch hunt. Oh, and don't forget Daryl Issa, he would never forgive you if you don't invite him in on this party. GIVE IT UP ALREADY!!!!! Why don't you boneheads try helping for a change instead of looking for another victim to hang. You waste the public's time, money and even the air you breath every time you open your mouth. Be a good boy and go sit this one out...

    October 22, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Gary

    This guy is about as important as the other loosing VP candidate.

    October 22, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  11. Pander Bear

    Yawn. Another round of specious reasoning from the right wing. The website has glitches. Let's kill the program and fire the HHS Secretary.

    October 22, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Paul should step down based on his pitiful performance as Vice Presidential candidate. He is an embarrassment to Wisconsin!

    October 22, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. joe

    Why would none-IT personnel step down over IT troubles?

    October 22, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Thomas

    “I think some people should be held responsible,” Ryan said.

    It's funny Ryan never said anything about the gulf war and none existing WMD's ?

    He Ryan , nobody had died yet from a website problem as to the best of my knowledge !

    October 22, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  15. James

    Why don't the fiscal conservative republicans who shut the government down and wasted $24B step down?

    October 22, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. MaryM

    Paul Ryan should step down because of all the Lies he told during the 2012 election. Lyin Ryan should be gone

    October 22, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. G

    no I think the ceos of the companies hired to do a job should get fired

    October 22, 2013 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  18. SwingState

    I didn't know Sebelius.was the programmer or web administrator for healthcare.gov. Oh that's right she isn't. Gotta love the feigned outrage of the right. Who got fired after 9/11?

    October 22, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. Guest

    Paul Ryan should be the one who resigns, or better yet, he should take a long walk off a short pier!

    October 22, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Kelli Jo Blanton

    Really??? Well guess what Mr. Ryan , I thing Teddy Cruz should step down for shutting down our Goverment and costing us tax payers 21 billion dollars!!!

    October 22, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. mk1

    I have an even better idea, Paul Ryan should resign. That sure would solve a lot of problems in the House. How about Boehner, Cantor, Bachmann, and a bunch more. Makes sense to me. After all, look at the wonderful job they are doing for the country.

    October 22, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Bill2000

    Sure, as long as Ryan and the entire tea party resign for destroying the country.

    October 22, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. Bob

    After himself, Boehner and the rest of the tea party.

    October 22, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  24. craigorie

    I can't believe that all of a sudden the right wing is so concerned about the Affordable Care Act....they should be delighted that there are initial glitches and now, oh my, this is "just horrible." What a bunch of nut cases.

    October 22, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. juliemac

    Any of Obama's people responsible? ROTFL. Yeah.. Right...

    October 22, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
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