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. J Herbert

    Someone has to be thrown under the bus to protect the pres

    October 22, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    The Repubs dont get it. They never would cease to be unnecessarily irrational in their fact checks and never failed to avoid the melodramatic irony of kettle calling pot black. If there is anybody that needs to resign for any flawed job performances, the Repubs should head the queue. They have the lowest performance rating in the history of US politics. Besides their recent political brinkmanship nearly caused both the US and world economies another round of recession, as well as 20 billion dollars in US economic ruins. They should check out that for proficiency.

    October 22, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. liberal disease

    liberals don't resign they blame some one else.

    October 22, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  4. Mark

    Paul Ryan should resign because he has no soul.

    October 22, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  5. Maryellen

    You should resign along with all your tea party buddies!

    October 22, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Ken

    No, Obama should fire her.

    October 22, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  7. Dandy Dizmore

    I think that Paul Ryan should step down.... he looks like a bird and has acts like his brain fits his looks...
    Seriously, if Big Bird retires, Paul Ryan could take over in a heart beat. No costume needed.

    October 22, 2013 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. ma

    If they think she needs to resign for not doing her job then all CONGRESS MEMBERS should resign as well since they haven't been doing there jobs for years now.

    October 22, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    He's crazy. She's not a programmer.

    The programmers, middle management, top management, testers, and owner of the company should be "fired". All government contracts should be cancelled and they should be fined a LOT for non-delivery.

    A bill is not a law until it's passed and signed. A product should not be paid for until it is delivered with NO FLAWS.

    CGI was given preferred contractor status several years ago. Take them off the list totally.

    October 22, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  10. markopolo

    Republicans should come up with an alternative to a healthcare system for Americans rather than criticizing the only one anyone could come up with.

    October 22, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  11. Ruchir Bhatt

    When an embassy was torched and the ambassador of the most powerful country on this earth was killed and dragged into the street and yet no one was fired – The whole obamacare website troubles are quite a success.

    October 22, 2013 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  12. Robjh1

    Resign for what because the GOP want a roadkill because they lost? Please! Politics as usual.

    October 22, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  13. elliott carlin

    Most people will dismiss Ryan's comments because they came from Ryan. If Obama said the sky was blue, and it was, I'd have to agree with him. Sibelius, along with Jarrett and that former butch at Homeland Security are scary broads.
    Now come get me, NSA.

    October 22, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  14. Aqeel

    Maybe the GOP Congress should resign. At least they tried to go live with something vs. shutting down the govt.

    October 22, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  15. Larry

    Really, how many congressman resigned over the budget debacle? Always nice to point fingers at others.

    October 22, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. Jenny H

    Wow. The budget chairman that failed to pass a budget and shut down the government, losing BILLIONS of dollars is calling for someone else's resignation? People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.

    October 22, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  17. jack

    I would rather see Ryan resign along with his tea party pals!

    October 22, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  18. Larry

    All the GOP in Washington should resign for conduct damaging to the American people. Do the right thing Paul Ryan and resign – go flip burgers at McDonalds or some equally useful job that utilizes your level of skills and intelligence:)

    October 22, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  19. ug

    We can only wish...

    October 22, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  20. John

    Paul Ryan... grasping at straws. Hey, Paul, shut up and go away. And take the Republican Party with you.

    October 22, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Neil

    Here's a much better idea Ryan, why don't you step down. Ya loser.

    October 22, 2013 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  22. john

    Hey Paul! How about you and the rest of your Republican idiots resign for screwing up and shutting down the government at the tune of Billions of Dollars just because you want to sabotage Obamacare. Computer glitches are to be expected when something of this magnitude rolls out. What is your excuse.......Stupidity!!

    October 22, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. rs

    Paul Ryan and the TEApublicans should give up their witch hunt, they have neither the support of the public nor the popularity to keep interfering with settled law.

    October 22, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  24. Leroy

    Why is it the GOPee'rs in Congress are not part of the solutions but part of the problems in Washington D.C.?

    October 22, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  25. just observing

    Paul Ryan and the other republicans who caused the shutdown, causing people to be furloughed and millions of dollars to be lost during a not so robust recovery should really do the proper thing and resign. Please step aside and let "real Americans" who truly care about working together for the common good and not holding their breath like two year olds, take their places. Yes, there are Republicans who actually care about working together and understand the concept of compromise. Some of them also do not take their marching orders from the minority tea party and the snake oil salesmen and women on radio and television. Shutting down the government was and is stupid and did nothing other than marginalize the Republican party that was still reeling from the loss of an presidential election in a bad economy. Its not Obama, its the message of hate and divisiveness stupid.

    October 22, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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