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

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. Duke

    A software problem does NOT mean the program itself is bad. Get a sniff. people

    October 23, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Repugs

    Guess Bill Gates should have stepped down everytime there was a Windows roll out glitch? Same with Steve Jobs? How many large tech rollouts NEVER EVER have a patch come out? Can't name that many myself. So why should a NON IT person be fired over an IT snafu? Is that always the answer in DC now...blame people, fire people, publicly call them out? How about: find the problem, fix the problem, try not to repeat the problem?

    October 23, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. ChristopherM

    This from a guy who was part of an effort that lost us $24 billion in GDP for a hissy fit. If anyone should resign it is this d-bag.

    October 23, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. Sea Bee Licious

    Obama has elected Sebelius as the first one to fall in this fiasco......any other volunteers?

    October 23, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. kiska k

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. Tell it to someone who cares.
    I would think, that if you and your constituents 'hated' Obamacare so much, that you and they would be pleased it isn't working and your constituents can't sign up.
    But now you're complaining and calling for resignations...apparently because your constituents who 'hate' Obamacare can't sign up.
    Can't you at least TRY and come up with a less transparent ploy?
    And you're supposed to be one of the brighter ones in the party. Scary.

    October 23, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Barb M.

    The President should have been alerted to the problems, but this situation does not call for a resignation. The GOP should resign for causing the American people who were gravely affected by the Government shutdown unnecessary angst.

    October 23, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Snapshot

    There was a good article re: Mr. Ryan a few weeks ago stating how Mr. Ryan was a habitual l i a r! That's how he gets through his day...all lies.
    Mr. Ryan....You should be very ashamed of yourself calling for Miss Sebelious' resignation! What in the world are you thinking, you and Boehner and his goons. You men are despicable. And you have the gall to call for a Dem resignation.
    Why in the world,....Nancy Pelosi came through for Boehner once again. She saived his soul during the shutdown. Miss Pelosi got the votes! If it wasn't for Nancy Pelosi you guyswould be in worse shape and I don't really know how worse you can get.
    Mr. Ryan...."get out of town." You are not needed anymore IF you can't help with the ACA. You are despicable for not getting on the band wagon and helping out the American people for once in your life!

    October 23, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. cp125

    Why all the uproad? Did anyone really expect this rollout to go without a hitch? I work for relatively small company & we just had a new program installed – each and everyone of our computers had to be sent back to our IT department for adjustments after the first installment. But, of course, since the Republicans don't have anything else going on for them, they have to concentrate on this. As usual – sour grapes....

    October 23, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  9. bill davis

    Obama's people got the shut down signs out so fast, maybe he just put the wrong people in charge.
    And he did pay them for staying home..
    Good Job Obo

    October 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    @Rudy in NYC. Obama lied. He said nothing will happen. We wouldn't lose our coverage. We wouldn't have any increases. Well IT HAPPENED to me. And lots of other people I far as Atlanta. I had a $2500 it's over $5000. You RUDY are the PINK ELEPHANT in the room.

    October 23, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Steve

    Sure right after Ryan and all his house republican collegues in congress resign for their incompetence in the government shutdown debacle.

    October 23, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    The lefties.... They complain about the Tea Party when the topic is the ACA website disaster. I can't wait for the other shoe to hit the ground. Out of control premiums are coming. No way around it.

    October 23, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Loki

    I want to see the numbers on the so called $24 billion dollar losses. Show me. Prove it. LIARS.

    October 23, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. pat

    after the recent government shutdown caused by congress, I find it rather audacious for any politician in Washington to call for someone to step down over 'rampant problems' with the website - don't get me wrong, I work for the govt and ignoring test failures is sadly typical, but really, he's going to hold Sebelius accountable and not himself and all of congress for the failure to do their job of keeping this country up and running???? Really???

    October 23, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC


    @Rudy in NYC. Obama lied. He said nothing will happen. We wouldn't lose our coverage. We wouldn't have any increases. Well IT HAPPENED to me. And lots of other people I far as Atlanta. I had a $2500 it's over $5000. You RUDY are the PINK ELEPHANT in the room.
    Have you looked at when you must pay a deductible and when you don't to pay it? For almost all routine annual physicals and checkups, there is no deductible. You've been lied to. For the most part, you only pay a deductible when you get sick and need medical treatments. Your deductible is a cap, not a minimum.

    The right wing is pushing the idea that you pay your deductible for any and every thing until you reach your limit, and then you rinsurance kicks in No.. It is the exact opposite. No doubt your current insurance will only pay so much, and then you're on your own. You could pay thousands under your old insurance. Now you have a known cap.

    October 23, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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