Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts called on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the face of Obamacare, to resign for “gross incompetence” on Friday.
“In the absence of a full repeal of Obamacare, which is my preference, we need new leadership from top to bottom. I am calling on the Secretary to resign,” Roberts said in a statement.
Eleven days after the beginning of Obamacare’s open enrollment phase, Roberts detailed Sebelius’ failings, from the problems with the online exchanges to the promotional flops meant to encourage enrollment.
“Today we know the problems with the exchanges are systematic, profound and indisputable,” Roberts said. “And yet the Secretary won’t shoot straight with the American people.”
“This week, Sebelius continued wasting taxpayer dollars on advertising and promotional tours. This included failed rallies at NFL stadiums and appearances on comedy shows to promote enrollment, while at the same time, Americans were unable to sign up for healthcare plans as promised. Even Jon Stewart didn’t think it was a laughing matter,” he added, referring to Sebelius’s interview on The Daily Show.
According to Roberts, “Americans are tired of the Sebelius spin. They can see Obamacare has failed them. We need a Secretary who can admit when enough is enough.”