Paul Ryan: HHS secretary should step down over Obamacare
October 22nd, 2013
06:56 PM ET
1 year 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. thatsjackedup

    Pot calls the kettle Black...These idiots just keep on making themselves look worse by the minute. We all know how much the Republicans want to see the ACA fail and yet they want Sebelius fired??? It is almost like the murderer who sues his victims family.

    October 22, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. captcaps

    Paul Ryan you mean Pompous Paul the know it all, Oh Yea! ,now here is a guy who knows how to lie why evenTed The BrainDead Cruse is a runner up to Paul.....Love to see how our Disfunctional Dandys in the House Know just who is to blame...You idiot Republicans make all americans look bad ......Ryan Cruz and Boenher should resign and save us the trouble of Voting this trash out of the house.....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 22, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. SteveInMA

    Paul Ryan is a loud-mouthed fool who is attempting to distract voters from the recent foolish actions of the elected members of the Republican Party.

    October 22, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Just Me

    These Republicans are something else. The hypocricy here is stunning. For one, these are the same Republicans who tried 40 plus times to overturn the Affordable Health Care Act. Then then engaged in hostage taking behavior and shut down the government when they could not get their way to defund the law or delay it's implementation. Now, they want to pretend that they are somehow concerned about the laws implementation and the troubled website and calling for the HHS secretary's head. How expendient of them? Buch of hypocrites. The public sees right thru them, and that's why their poll numbers are in the toilet. Hopefully people will remember what a retched party they are when they go to the polls next year.

    October 22, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Amazing

    Does Mr. Ryan think his cronies Cruz and Boehner should resign for the debacle they caused by shutting down the government? The website woes pale in comparison to the damage the GOP clowns in the House caused.

    October 22, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Jim Weix

    Sounds like Paul has been eating too many cheese curds and brats.

    October 22, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. VEW2012

    Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and the bulk of the GOP are all a fiasco there is not a one of them who should be in office.

    October 22, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Maybe Paul Ryan should resign for shutting down the government

    October 22, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  9. The REAL Truth...

    The GOP is really desperate to regain favorable ratings. Perhaps they should have focused on improving the legislation, not holding the country hostage and shutting down the government, then complaining about the rollout and looking for heads to roll. Some go get a mirror and give it to Ryan pls.

    October 22, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. John/kc

    Mr Ryan and the tea group he runs with should go rub their knuckles. With all the trouble that they have given this President, do they really think he cares one iota what they think?

    October 22, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. Hiruu

    I hate to admit it, but I have to agree with him...This should have been a primary focus, given the importance of this effort, and she totally let it get away. I do think there can be second chances, but she had better get hoping in doing her frigging job. I have no idea how something as straight forward as this manage to get out of control as it has, but it should be sorted in a few weeks, I would think.

    October 22, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. michael moore

    Mr. Ryan, why do you care? You are against the entire program. Why are you concerned with all of a sudden?

    October 22, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. C-hawx

    Well aren't our politicians just full of all kinds of helpful, and constructive suggestions?!

    October 22, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. markiejoe

    Paul Ryan should resign.

    October 22, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  15. omeany

    Ahhh Paul Ryan. The man who used his survivor benefits to go to college and now wants to do away with all entitlements.

    The same Paul Ryan who wants to do away with birth control but doesn't support any programs that would benefit poor children.

    Paul Ryan just another GOP hypocrite and his opinion means?....

    October 22, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    The Republicans have a golden opportunity here, and they are blowing it through unbelievable ineptitude. First, they stupidly shut down the government and took public attention off the very real implementation problems [and yes, Sebelius should resign]. Second, they are attempting to conflate the roll-out issues with the law itself. The implementing technology and the law are two quite different things. The roll-out has been a disaster, and the Republicans should pound the Administration over it. But the roll-out has nothing to do with the merits of the law itself. In fact the flawed roll-out is an unexpected boon to the 'Pubs, since it makes it less likely that the healthy can sign up in sufficient numbers to make the program viable. But the Affordable Care Act is neither better nor worse because of the flawed access to it. If they want to take down the =law=, they need to enact a law that supplants it; that can be a hard row to hoe. But the inept technology roll-out has little excuse.

    October 22, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  17. contessa

    A typical response from a "know nothing" Republican!

    October 22, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  18. jinx9to88

    LMAO!! Mr. Ryan 80% of Americans want to replace the Congress. Do you think the Congress will listen? So do us a favor and be quit!

    October 22, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  19. allenwoll

    Better, Ryan should just stifle ! ! ! . Down, Boy ! !

    October 22, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  20. Robert N. constant

    Paul Ryan has betrayed his Catholic faith. He required his interns to read the works of Ayn Rand, a self proclaimed Atheist and Materialist. He even gave these interns copies of these books. Furthermore, Paul Ryan is out of step with the teachings of the Church. He has promoted an ideology that is selfish and materialistic. In the words of His Holy Father:
    Speaking at daily Mass last Thursday, Pope Francis warned Christians against turning their faith into a rigid ideology.
    “The faith passes, so to speak, through a distiller and becomes ideology,” he said, according to Radio Vatican. “And ideology does not beckon [people]. In ideologies there is not Jesus: in his tenderness, his love, his meekness. And ideologies are rigid, always. Of every sign: rigid.

    “And when a Christian becomes a disciple of the ideology, he has lost the faith: he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, he is a disciple of this attitude of thought… For this reason Jesus said to them: ‘You have taken away the key of knowledge.’ The knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and also moralistic knowledge, because these close the door with many requirements.”

    October 22, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  21. J. Sims

    Why ? He did more damage voting for the shut down.

    October 22, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  22. michael lowe u.s.a.f. retired

    maybe mr. rayn should step down for not doing his job as he swore to do.

    October 22, 2013 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  23. S. B. Stein

    There was no way that this would have been a perfect launch. There is no new tech creation that goes well the first time around. Why don't people understand that? Yes, it could go better, but the fact that the people who were overseeing it aren't computer experts makes a difference. If it doesn't improve by December, then there should be some greater level of concern. Having the secretary step down is too high on the chain of command. It should be someone lower.

    October 22, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  24. Randy

    Paul "Eddie Munster" Ryan should resign. He's done more harm to this country than Sec. Sebelius.

    October 22, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  25. moxjox

    OK – Mr Ryan (alias Eddie Munster), let's compromise:
    Sibelius will resign
    IF
    Teddy Cruz does...
    Fair trade, I say!

    October 22, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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