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

    My healthcare will double....and I will lose my current provider. Lastly, my deductible is now $6,500. Thanks liberals.

    October 23, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Mike

    Yes, and Paul Ryan should resign for shutting down the government and costing the government 24 billion in lost revenues.

    October 23, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Dallas Lamb

    Really, Secertary Secretary Sebelius should resign, how about the entire house fo representitives they have not done there
    jobs for the last 6 years.

    October 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Millie Bea

    Ryan should resign- for supporting the GOP debacle that cos.t the US millions. Is that the position of a so-called "fiscal conservative"- to waste that money and service? He is a joke. And if anyone actually believes the nonsense he spouts- I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.

    October 23, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Gavinsox

    It is now clear the President was blindsided. Sebellious needs to do the honorable thing and resign her position. The buck stops at the top and she needs to do the right thing and hand in her resignation. This is now a major embarrassment for the government and he needs to hold someone accountable for this disaster.

    October 23, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. John S

    As a whole government is broke. Anyone with this much time to prepare a web site needs to be fired with this much problems with it. This would happen in the private sector. Actually in the private sector it would have happened before now. Government is poorly managed and I think people collect pay checks and do very little to see these projects are successful because they know they can get away with it. How can you help the American people if you cannot provide them with proper tools to do so?

    October 23, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Amanda Mc

    Excellent point Odo! I wonder what kind of morals these TP's have. First they are mad that people like juliagray19 (very happy for you by the way) can finally be covered and not gauged. Now they are mad that people can't sign up for a bill they despise. They basically just want to paint the whole ACA as a failure. Well maybe things wouldn't be so terrible if they hadn't stomped their feet and shut the government down while the ACA was rolling out. I work for the Government and know how our computers work (or do not work in most cases). You can't apply the same rules as private industry here because the Government doesn't fix things like private industry. They operate on profits so they can move a lot more quickly when it comes to troubleshooting. Things. Are. Slow. In. Government.

    October 23, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. christopher

    Wait a second...this makes perfest sense!

    I bought a new Honda and needed to have a winshield wiper replaced so tghe entire Honda auto company is bad and they shoul;d shut their doors. It was a bad wiper, it got fixed.

    These idiots are grasping at ANYTHING!! Guess what Ted Cruz? Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends you hot bag of gas!

    October 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Dennis

    Paul Ryan acts like the classic movie villain congressman

    October 23, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Mike Trottier

    If ANYONE should resign, it's Ryan
    If you knew how to do your job, then, and only then, you'd be able to tell someone else how to do theirs.

    October 23, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Jim

    Can't stand Ryan but he is correct. Kathy has been refusing to send docs to the body she is to report to on budgetary matters. Her refusal to speak until now is just icing on the cake.

    October 23, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Paul Ryan exposed himself as a fraud last summer, shortly after he was announced as Romney's pick for running mate. In a TV interview, he was asked a question about his Ryan Plan, which most people, including Ryan himself, said would not balance the annual budget for at least 30 years.

    Ryan was asked what the national debt would be in 30 years when his budget plan finally balanced the annual budget. He replied, "I don't know. I haven't run the numbers, yet." That's an amazing admission for the someone who's supposed to be the top dog, budget wonk in the Republican Party.

    It makes you wonder hos many other numbers that Ryan "hasn't run, yet." Or, is he just making all up, just saying whatever sounds good at the moement. I think that was the case when Ryan suddenly came out with a revised estimate for when his Ryan Plan would balance the annual budget. Ten years. He didn't make any significant changes, but somehow he came up with ten years, while most everyone else was still coming with thirty, or more.

    October 23, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. ghostwriter

    The same republicans on board with "Good job Brownie" have no standing to comment on who should resign or not.

    You losers will try any and everything to implement a takeover. Fortunately, we ain't buying.

    October 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. K Harrington

    I think the GOP members of the House should resign. That seems worse than the tech problems with a website. Are the Republicans beating the drum because they are trying to score political points? Shameful.

    October 23, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. steve

    If the 36 states would have accepted Fed money to develop their own sites (the 14 who did have are not having problems) We wouldn't need a Fed site. But because they thought they could get rid of Obama Care, they said "we don't want your money, do it yourself". We could have had completely state run systems. I thought the GOP loved state control.

    October 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. wendel

    who did they want to resign over the shut down?? Oh that's different. Now they want to waste time and money to have a bunch of fake hearings on the health care roll out. Fake because all they want to do is bash the president. God forbid they really wanted to help Throw all the bums out.

    October 23, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. ghostwriter

    Maybe the reason there are so many issues with the website is that conservatives have issues with technology. Remember in 2008 when McCain couldn't open his e-mail? I'm betting that too many red state bumpkins screwed it up.

    October 23, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Mike wrote:

    Yes, and Paul Ryan should resign for shutting down the government and costing the government 24 billion in lost revenues.
    The 144 Republicans who voted to shut government down need to be thrown out of Congress, and that goes for the Senate, too. The fiasco will cost the Republicans. They will now own a weak economy for the next year, especially after Ted Cruz pulls the shutdown threat again in three months.

    October 23, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Lord Toronaga

    Why is the NSA part of the website ??? Why does the code branch to them for verification ?

    October 23, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. Anonymous

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

    October 23, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. zandhcats

    I finally got something agreed with Ryan, she should resign,meanwhile, Paul Ryan have to go too. Voters from Wis. pls vote this corrupted politician out of the Congress.

    October 23, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY


    How many times will O use the "Huh?, I didn't know" excuse? It's such an obvious lie and it just makes him look pathetic for not taking responsibility.
    here's your long as the TT-GOP clan uses the "we're doing what's right. the people are behind us. any poll that states otherwise is a lie, etc" excuse for their growing unpopularity and abject denial of fact

    October 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Susan

    Another conservative troublemaker giving the President advice–what a surprise! Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and the Tea Party seditious conspiracy are all who should be resigning. I'll let the President decide on Sebelius. Congress should stay focused on their business–passing a balanced moderate compromising deficit reducing budget and stay out of the President's business. Haven't they caused him and the country enough grief lately? I'm certain these conspirators would just love to see Sebelius go because then they will once again never give Obama the time of day on approving a replacement. Your friendly Congress hard at work making our lives miserable every which way they can.

    I won't be voting for any Republican, federal or state, ever again regardless of who is left on a ballot.

    October 23, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Larry L

    Let's see if I understand this... Those who obstructed the Affordable Care Law should be fired? So we're going to fire the Republican Party? I'm good with that!

    October 23, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. 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 |
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