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. Bman

    Well well, Ain't that the pot calling the kettle black.

    October 22, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. Judith Smith

    Paul Ryan should resign.

    October 22, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  3. Trixcia

    That's rich: Ryan and his party shut the government down for 2 weeks because they did not want it implemented. Now he and his GOP committees are going to hold hearings because it was not done accurately on the first few days! More money spent on committee hearings in addition to the 24 billion they cost the economy while being shut down! Hypocrisy much?
    Guess none of these people have ever had a new computer controlled program fail on the first try? Working in the REAL world, everyone knows that when the IT dept. of your company introduces some new program, better be sure you have ALL of your files backed up. After the new installation, you may not have anything you had before!

    October 22, 2013 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  4. DS

    She did not develop the system. Go after the contractors who developed it if you are interested. After opposing Obamacare for so long, these republicans have no right to complain.

    October 22, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  5. Bob6

    Usually when you do something new, you will have bugs to work out. Especially when it has to do with computers. I'm surprised Ryan is not smart enough to realize this. Guess everything he has ever done in his life has been a raving success, first time out.

    October 22, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  6. Janalionberger

    I think Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, and rest of the tea party should resign but I suppose that is not going to happen either.

    October 22, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. Janalionberger

    Heck these guys hate ObamaCare so no matter what they are going to complain and try to stop it at every turn... Sad move on to something else.

    October 22, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  8. Alex

    A republican in the house telling someone to resign due to incompetence.............. Hmmmmm

    October 22, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain: I'm with Pope Francis on this one

    Pope Francis describes "ideological Christians" as a "serious illness" within the Church:

    “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.”

    Pretty much describes the like of Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz ...

    October 22, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Paul you go first. I stand closer to Republican in principal and you are same as the scum lady.

    October 22, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  11. AZGurl

    I don't buy it. Sebelius is not a programmer. Could Ryan, personally, have done better? Nope. He's not a programmer, either!

    October 22, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  12. Reb T. Koenig

    The Republicans have only one answer to whatever the Obama Administration does. It is "Off with their heads!" No matter what happens in government, the Repubs are against it, oppose it, berate it, refuse it, hate it, block it, defund it,
    etc., etc., etc. They have only one reason to be in Washington and that is to stop Obama from succeeding. They not only want to defund "Obamacare", they want to completely dismantle his government in whatever way presents itself at the moment. It's so obvious that they are trying to destroy Obama and his Administration. What a bunch of rotten losers.

    October 22, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  13. Brian

    Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and the rest of the Tealiban should resign. For reasons obvious to any reasonable observer.

    October 22, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  14. Scott

    Should he also resign since he failed to get a budget passed?

    October 22, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. Name

    How about house republicans ssep down because they shut down to government and cause the Us 24 balloon

    October 22, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. American Taliban

    Well i don't see the Economic terrorist in the GOP resigning after it caused America to loose 25 billion USD in the shutdown.

    October 22, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. ED1

    That will never happen it would be the TEA Parties or Republicans fault people forget they tried to warn us but Obama can do no wrong I heard he can even walk on water.

    October 22, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  18. Larry

    If failing even though you tried your best in the best interest of the citizens of the US would evoke a resignation even though your employer failed to give you the necessary funds to perform your job, then would not Ryan be in that same boat? He voted for sequester to cut the very funds so that ACA employees could perform their job. He voted to stop the government for over 2 weeks and to not raise the debt limit so the US could pay its debts. Would these several items not be in the best interest of the citizens of the US? So resign Ryan under your own plan.

    October 22, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  19. Papachoochoo

    Paul Ryan should resign...dweeb!

    October 22, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  20. mickey1313

    Paul Ryan is one of the most self absorbed, arrogant petulant ignorant men on the face of the earth, his opinion is moot.

    October 23, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  21. sassafras

    Oh here we go again. Given what these tea party people did to millions of Americans, ALL OF THEM should resign. Now.

    October 23, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  22. Decky

    No, no Mr. Ryan. It is you who needs to step down, resign, and please disappear for good. Thank you.

    October 23, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  23. mmmisewicz

    I believe she is at least TRYING to do something positive. I wholeheartedly would back and applaud Paul Ryan if he were to RESIGN.

    October 23, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  24. R. Stokes

    The Secretary should see this through. She is not personally involved now in the actual "fix". Have you witnessed many coaches replaced during a game? Can you imagine how much fun the Republicans would have sniping at any replacement the President nominated? It is hard to believe the opposition is very sincere in their concerns about how well the ACA works–only how it can be helped to fail. It will succeed or fail on its merits–but I suspect over time it will be as successful as Romneycare. Check it out.

    October 23, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  25. jon

    Is there any chance that Ryan could resign??? I have heard rumors that he is stepping down.

    October 23, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
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