Paul Ryan: HHS secretary should step down over Obamacare
October 22nd, 2013
06:56 PM ET
6 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 (366 Responses)
  1. CaptD

    He helped shut down the Government ($24 billion). He should step down. What about all of the lies he spews, I wish politicians were forced to tell the truth when they talk to reporters, then we would never have to hear them.

    October 23, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. OKfine

    I find it hilarious that the people who were willing to shut this country down to insure that people could not get health care throught the ACA are now the very same people having a hissy fit that people are having problems signing up for health care.

    October 23, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Jerry

    Both, Sebelius and Obama are lying, AGAIN!!!

    October 23, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Mrscardoso831

    He's one to talk, the whole lot of them (republicans) should shut the f up from here on out. Oh no,wait, the whole GOP is the gift that keeps on giving to the Dems.....proceed GOP. Throw in a Benghazi while your at it GOP

    October 23, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Tim

    Why can't the American people have a national election to vote on their pay and benefits? $174,000.00 plus benefits for a "PART_TIME job is way too much! How many people know that almost all of the idiots we have working in Washington DC that are 50 yrs old or older are collecting their retirement pension PLUS collecting their pay checks? How many people in America make $3,346.15 per week and work 3 days, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday? Its time the American people, not the senators and representatives, have a vote on their pay!

    October 23, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Tim

    For the first time in my life I can afford health care for my family. Thanks democrats and Obama!

    October 23, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Snapshot

    Typical Republican response.!

    I see it is now Paul Ryan's turn to come out and tell his lies. Boehner gave him his talking points this week.
    This is the Repub tactic. It is always a Dem to resign. Hve they looked at their own party latley! Do we always see a Dem calling for an Rs resignation? Heck no. we don't.
    Why the whole rotton Republican=ledcongress should r e s i g n ! Wait! Not only resign but be put in jail for all their lies, hate, money spent on their shutdown of the govt.
    First it was Hillary and before Hillary others. Now it is Miss Sebelious. They want to divert their attention for their callous misdeeds from THEIR govt. shutdown which cost our country billions of dollars. $$$$$ Yes. Billiions. It is on their hands.
    Come on Ryan...go back to your working out exercises. That suits you best.
    Republican party. Unbelivable. Despicable!

    October 23, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Loki

    Re-post....Last night the former technology guru from the Obama admin said the NSA was part of the ACA process.... Why ?

    October 23, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Lord Toronaga

    I am losing my provider. My rate is doubling. My deductible doubled. Hmmm. Obama said..."Nothing will change". It's not affordable to me.

    October 23, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. Joi Gibson

    If anyone should step down, it is you and your compatriots in the House. You all cost this country $24 billion because of the government shut down and you have the nerve to complain about Secretary Sebilious. Your hubris is astounding.

    October 23, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Snapshot

    Paul Ryan should be run out of town with all the rest of his gang.
    Who is he to come out and say that Miss Sebelous should resign. Throw all the R congress in jail for their despicable actions shutting down the govt. and costing billions of dollars. How can they even come out and say this!
    They are the one's who are the BAD actors. I can't stand a one of them.

    This is what they always do. First, it was Hillary should resign, Now Miss Sebulious. I know there were others before Hillary. They can and will not get away with this . Period

    Ryan should go back to his lifting weights on company time...just like Boehner playing golf on company time. Or rather yet. Stop the alcoholic Boehner from drinking on the job. Yes. That is correct.

    October 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Anyone who votes to shut down our government should never, repeat, never, have any kind of authority with regards to this country and its citizens.

    Mr Ryan typifies the greed and arrogance of one who, in his own personal life, took advantage of Social Security benefits from age 16 after the untimely death of his father. The many years of SS payments also enabled him to go to college although his family was financially comfortable. Others are not as fortunate at a time of crisis. Social Security is one of the programs that Mr Ryan wants to eliminate when, in essence, he was one of those who previously may have abused the system. Paull Ryan, please resign!

    October 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  13. Crewmax42

    Repulblicans never learn. Sebelius is more valubale where she is atop the stink pile as an icon of Obama's failures. The mess is not her fault, and republicans should potray her as another victim of Obama's failed policies. make her immune to firing by victimizing her and then she will be the sore toe in a room full of elephants. play it like the dems would for a change.

    October 23, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

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

    Yeah. And I think some people (preferably the GOP) should also be held in contempt of American voters for shutting the government down and sending us their 26 Billion dollar anti-government bill. This is what this newest witchhunt is all about. Trying to wash away the stench from polls and other areas in which the GOP isn't look too good lately.

    Distractions? Oh, yeah. Big time.

    Please proceed, Mr. Paul Ryan.

    Benghazi. Susan Rice. IRS. Kathleen Sebelius. Obamacare. (and so on and so forth)

    October 23, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Carol

    Sebelius should stay, and Ryan and his crew should leave.

    October 23, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Penelope

    The mess IS her fault and if she had any class, she'd resign. Not informing her boss of her abysmal lack of progress is absurd.

    October 23, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. scooter

    "Resign" okay thats fine. As long as the incompetent people in the House of Representatives are the first to do it. The damage they have caused is monumental compared to a slow website. And why is that site slow? Becuase it would built on the cheap because of lack of proper funding coming form....wait for it.....the Congress. Its like a driver of a car blaming the car for running out of gas instead of himself for not bother to put any in the tank.

    October 23, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Lord Toronaga

    I am losing my provider. My rate is doubling. My deductible doubled. Hmmm. Obama said..."Nothing will change". It's not affordable to me.
    ---------------
    That's what you get for telling them that you hated Obamacare. They realized that since you expected your rates to double that you'd pay it without complailnt. BTW, the law sets limits on how fast rates may increase, and doubling your rate far exceeds the defined limit. In other words, it's as easy as spotting a pink elephant in the room to tell that your lying.

    October 23, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. lewwho

    Hey Ryan....enough already...just shut up

    October 23, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  20. JC

    Cruz the doctor susse of GOP should resign..Step down..

    October 23, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  21. Blue

    No, Ryan, you need to resign. After watching you in the 2012 election, you are not up to any job in Washington. You need to go back home, and take your lies with you.

    October 23, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. rs

    When the GOP members of the House step down for trying to wreck the economy (again), and run up a $24 billion bill for taxpayers, then maybe the head of HHS might consider such a move.

    October 23, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  23. John

    You Cruz, you lose

    October 23, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Al

    If this would have been so dumb to have been implemented by Republicans, HA. The Democrats would have been yelling that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius be fired. The problem is that she is there as a buffer to protect the image of Obama, and yes if you waste enough money into anything it will get a little better. Heck even a blind squirrel finds a nut to eat. And after 292 MILLION dollars it should do everything without a flaw.

    October 23, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    Countless stories about website glitches. Hearings soon to follow. Not one story about how the GOP flushed $24,000,000,000 down the isher in 16 days. Isn't journalism great?!?!

    October 23, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
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