GOP aide: Sebelius did not respond to new deadline to deliver HeathCare.gov documents
October 28th, 2013
10:51 PM ET
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GOP aide: Sebelius did not respond to new deadline to deliver HeathCare.gov documents

Washington (CNN) - A House Republican aide told CNN Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius missed an extended deadline set by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to respond to its request for documents and information about the HealthCare.gov website. That could trigger a congressional subpoena from Republicans.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, first issued the request in a letter on October 10, setting an initial deadline of October 24. He extended the deadline to Monday at the close of business after receiving no response the first time. Issa indicated he would consider issuing a subpoena if Sebelius missed the second deadline.

A spokesman for HHS told CNN Friday that the initial request came during the government shutdown and was extremely broad but that the agency had reached out to the committee to discuss the request and how HHS could respond.

HealthCare.gov has been riddled with glitches - including long delays, difficulties signing in and incorrect information being relayed to insurance companies - since its debut on October 1. A networking problem over the weekend that caused the site to go down was resolved Monday morning, an HHS spokeswoman said.


Filed under: Darrell Issa • Healthcare • HHS • Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. HenryMiller

    Having screwed up, Sebelius is now trying to cover up?

    October 28, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Dems don't think they have to respond to their problems. None of them.

    October 28, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  3. Evergreen

    The website glitches will be fixed. I want to know who will be held responsible for the 24 Billion Dollars of tax payer money that was wasted in 16 days. That's app. 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS a day. Will the poor and veterans be on the hook for this.

    October 29, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  4. John832

    I guess as a citizen I don't feel quite so bad for not getting any honest answers seeing as how even Congress is having trouble. I'd suggest they treat the administration like they would a child and cut off their allowance until they start playing nicely. The only thing that seems to cause any real panic in Washington is stopping the gravy train of Federal spending.

    October 29, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  5. Warren

    This answers are pretty simple. It's not working, and no President Obama did not have anything to do with it not working as it should. Now get to work on the budget, and how the GOP is going to pay back the cost of the shut down??

    October 29, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  6. minnie mouse

    Have some fairness and compassion for Sebelius. The healthcare.gov site is grand, because this has never been done before. Everyone needs to have some patience and with all of the people in the implementation process as well.
    This is a extremely large and technical job you are talking about that takes time, money and a lot of people putting in effort and working long hours. You can't blame just one person.

    Who's being held accountable for the government shut down that costs millions?? Who's been subpoenaed for it?? Who's lost his or her job because of it?? Who's going to work unpaid as an elected government official?? That's right, no one!!!

    October 29, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    As long as Issa is in charge of another of his witch hunts, I think we are in contempt of congress.

    October 29, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  8. tom l

    I think President Obama should just get on an aircraft carrier with a huge sign behind him that reads: "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor"

    October 29, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  9. bassman

    Who knew Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz would be right.

    October 29, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio conservatives,the garbage of America.

    SCREW the GOP obstructionist , 99% of them will be kicked out of office next nov after costing the USA taxpayers 24 billion in two weeks!!!! Assa, why don't you hold an investigation on how YOU GOP fiscal conservatives could blow this RECORD amount of money in 2 weeks and get NOTHING for it ????

    October 29, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  11. A True Conservative

    How does a political appointee ignore Congress? What hubris from this adinistration and it's appointees. First an IRS political hack/employee and now this. When will American voters wake up to what is happening to this country? Stop trying to vote more free things for yourselves and start worrying about the future of this once great nation

    October 29, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, first issued the request in a letter on October 10, setting an initial deadline of October 24. He extended the deadline to Monday at the close of business after receiving no response the first time.
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    Let the grandstanding resume.

    First of all, Issa's request was so broad that it pretty much amounted to him saying, "Show me everything that has been done over the last four years." Secondly, the Cruz-aders had the government shut down when the original request was made, which means that the manpower to gather the information was reduced. Finally, Issa extends the deadline from a Friday to a Monday, which really amounts to just one work day.

    Remember, folks. Issa came into his chairmanship with the stated goal of finding something that could be used to impeach Pres. Obama. Impeachment wasn't his goal. It was his purpose.

    October 29, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |