Eleven days after the rocky roll-out of the online Obamacare exchanges, Sen. Pat Roberts on Friday called on Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to resign for “gross incompetence.”
Roberts, R-Kan., blamed Sebelius for a “complete failure” in addressing the glitch-filled opening of the online health insurance exchanges, opting to instead to spend her time on “The Daily Show" and a national tour to promote enrollment on a broken sign-up system.
“This week, Sebelius continued wasting taxpayer dollars on advertising and promotional tours,” Roberts said in a statement. “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 the health plans as promised.”
“Even Jon Stewart didn't think it was a laughing matter,” he added.
The comments were particularly stinging because Roberts is from the same state as Sebelius, is close to her family, and supported her confirmation.
“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 declared.
“Everything we warned about has come to pass. Americans are tired of the Sebelius spin. They can see Obamacare has failed them,” he added. "We need a secretary who can admit when enough is enough.”
Sebelius and the Obama administration has taken heat for the botched enrollment rollout and for refusing to say how many people had signed up in the online health exchanges even though Sebelius claimed that “hundreds of thousands” of accounts had been created.
During Sebelius' appearance on “The Daily Show,” Stewart pressed her on the numbers.
“Fully enrolled, I can't tell you because I don't know,” she said. “We are taking applications on the web, on the phone, we'll be giving monthly reports, but I can tell you we've had not only lots of web hits, [but] hundreds of thousands of accounts created.”