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Roberts Calls on HHS Secretary Sebelius to Resign (VIDEO)

Eleven days after the disastrous launch of the Obamacare exchanges, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today called on the Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to resign for gross incompetence leading to the complete failure of the exchange to enroll millions of Americans in health care plans as promised.

“How long do we let this failed exchange continue to operate? From the very beginning of the bill’s passage, I have said this cannot work. Just over 90 days ago in the GOP weekly radio address to the nation, I warned the American people that the exchanges were not going to be ready. In fact, I introduced legislation to end the exchanges and sunset the individual mandate if they were not ready as promised on October 1.

“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 Robertscomedy 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.”

Sebelius’ refusal to own up to Obamacare’s failures was on full display to the American people when she appeared on Stewart’s The Daily Show. While the Secretary would not say how many people had successfully enrolled or why the problems in the implementation had not triggered a delay for individuals, Sebelius continued to maintain, “the great news is we have a terrific market.”

“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. We need a Secretary who can admit when enough is enough.

“The American people should not have to tolerate the chaos of the exchange, or the ill effects of Obamacare for one more day. They are already suffering in a terrible economy. They have higher taxes, higher premiums and great uncertainty about access to quality healthcare. We need a Secretary who realizes that.”

Senator Roberts is a member of the two committees with jurisdiction on Obamacare, the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. He is an outspoken opponent of Obamacare.

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  • Yahooserious

    Lmfao. Amazing. First he-and they-attempt every possible trick imaginable to kill the affordable care act; and failed. Now he wants secretary sebelius to resign cause it didn’t start off perfectly-as if he cares. I tell ya, man. Now even senator Roberts has stepped off into the deep end with the rest if his colleagues. I’m really amazed by these Repubs. Ah well. The more they shoot themselves in the mouth the better in my opinion. Idiots.

    • A_citizen_patriot

      Yeah they tried to kill it cause they disagree with it. Or should it just be that they should roll over and go with the flow. Despite what the constituents want?

      • Yahooserious

        But it’s law. Am I allowed to not do my duties as a citizen-and former soldier for 18 years- because of my ideology? Pretty sure I’m not.

        • A_citizen_patriot

          Second ammendment is law too, but they keep trying to change it.

          • Yahooserious

            Point taken. Either way, I wish we could get over this and move on with balancing a budget.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I agree, but you have to understand that there are a lot of people out there that dont want this law. You cant just sweep them under the rug.

          • Yahooserious

            Hey, I want pot legalization but I do t see that happening anytime soon. At least not in this conservative stronghold. I do understand, even the minority must be considered in all we do.
            I can’t say I’m a fan of the gov. telling people that they “must” buy something or pay a penalty but they already tell us what to do all the time anyway; that’s not changing anytime soon either. I’m a repub when it comes to fiscal matters but social matters I’m very very blue on. If republicans would stop preaching ideology and start focusing on fiscal issues they’d be golden. I’m sorry but when a repub. Says he’s not worried about global warming because god said he wouldn’t destroy the world again after his “great flood”. Then I just can’t vote/trust that man/woman. Besides. God created the flood right? Pretty sure god isn’t creating global
            warming; we are.

            Point being. We both have wants. In the past our leaders “compromised” to get some of them. Unfortunately we don’t do that anymore. It’s sad. It really is.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            Im not for legalizing pot but if they do it wouldnt be a big deal. I just want the government to stop spending so much money.

          • Yahooserious

            Me too.

          • alexander

            So an appropriate response is to try and challenge/change the 14th amendment?

          • alexander

            I’ll save both you and google the time: “Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States,
            AUTHORIZED BY LAW, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and
            bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, SHALL NOT BE QUESTIONED.”

          • A_citizen_patriot

            I dont think any one is suggesting that we shoudnt pay the debt. But we cant keep borrowing money to pay for it.

          • Chief59

            By arguing that the debt ceiling should not be raised, they are doing EXACTLY that. Not raising the debt ceiling means not paying for things we’ve already bought. The debt ceiling was raised 18 times under REAGAN! and seven times under W. I don’t recall the government being shut down then because conservatives thought we were spending too much. The debt ceiling is a part of life. I do believe there need to be some pretty massive cuts in spending, I just don’t understand why conservatives want all of the cuts to be in the programs that hurt the middle class and poor the most. Well, actually, yes I do. It’s because they are in the pockets of the oil and gas companies and defense contractors, so we can’t cut subsidies to those companies or cut the largest defense budget in the world.

          • A_citizen_patriot

            LOL yeah the democrats arnt in anyones pockets.

          • Chief59

            Never said they weren’t. Both parties suckle at the teet of big business. However, democrats aren’t out trying to cut programs that save lives and provide for the poor and under-privileged. Planned Parenthood, SNAP, WIC…these are all there to help people, yet they are the first on the chopping block for Republicans. We spend more on our military than something like the next six nations combined. That is overkill. We are producing tanks at an astonishing rate, only to have them sit in parking lots unused. All of this to keep defense contractors in business because our congress people are in their pockets. Cut the defense budget in half. Then we save money, still have the strongest military in the world, and we can afford to pay for our own people to make something better for themselves.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            Kind of the same tiring debate but I will fall for it.
            Are you saying that the military does not save lives and help people? There is fraud and waste in the military but the overall picture is a success. You will always have people that take advantage of the military and the services they provide but they are a necessary entity for our safety as a nation.
            Now just place the word WIC, Medicaid, Welfare or any other of the social programs where I have “military”.

          • Chief59

            The military does help people. The problem is that we are constantly trying to be world police. What is the point of the UN if we keep trying to be cowboys and solve the worlds problems? Wars are no longer fought using hundreds of tanks, fighter jets, bombers, submarines, battleships, etc. Yet, we have so many of those we LITERALLY don’t know what to do with them all. One stealth bomber or predator can do the job of most of these outdated machines. Look at Irag and Afghanistan. Those two wars were fought in city streets where all of that other stuff was useless. Troops on the ground did a lot of that fighting. Cyber war is probably the war of the future. Unfortunately, we probably can’t compete there, because education spending has been cut and we have to teach students to the curriculum of “No Child Left Behind” and such. China would kick our @ss in a war like that. If we cut our defense budget in half, we still have by far the world’s strongest military, we still stay safe at home, and we can finally solve some problems that are holding us back from becoming a truly great civilization. We can finally teach our kids well, alleviate hunger, and minimize poverty. This is all a pipedream, of course, but it’s the way it should be done.

          • alexander

            “There is fraud and waste in the military but the overall picture is a success.”

            Quite the interesting ‘small government’ ‘fiscal conservative’ stance!

  • disqus_ODa0i2F348

    But the thing is a disaster, have you tried to get on the website? Surely you can admit that?

    • Chief59

      I tried to use the website the first day. It was slow, kept timing out, and was down occasionally. I tried intermittently since with so-so luck. Yesterday I signed on and the difference was huge. I was able to enroll my wife for a pretty good insurance plan for a very reasonable price. Yes, it was a pain at first. However, I’m willing to endure a very slight inconvenience to give my something that could mean the difference between life and death. I guess not everyone feels that way.

    • Yahooserious

      I have insurance. So I haven’t checked but maybe instead of fighting it for the past years maybe they should have helped its launch and maybe it’s ultimate success. I’m sure Secretary Sebelius has a major roll in the HHS IT department. Never been to a startup website? They always have initial startup problems, like anything new being implemented.

      Hope she does resign and comes back here to defeat gov. brown-nose-scratch-my-back-I’ll-scratch-thekockbrothersback.

    • stone_cold_steve_austin

      The site will eventually do exactly what “everyone” wants. That is how these things work. Trust me, they will pump millions more into it and by the time it is fixed it will be major overkill. That is how the government works.

      • Yahooserious

        Remember your anti-government sentiment when your house is blown over by a tornado and you need disaster relief funds. I bet you won’t be so anti-government then. Everyone is anti-gov until it comes to their “entitlements” then they are so pro government they’d give their rep. a hand job if asked.
        Huelskamp is a perfect example. Very anti-gov but oh man does he love this millions he’s taken in federal farm subsidies. Heh. Funny stuff.

        • stone_cold_steve_austin

          This is great! I love how quick you are to label people. Fairly typical. It is called small government. Government has it’s place and yes it saves many lives and makes life much better for those that cannot take care of themselves. It is a much needed part of our lives. Unfortunately we have to rely on government because the haves will not always take care of the have nots. And that goes for both sides of the aisle. One side says let government take care of them so we don’t have to and the other side says why should I pay taxes for people that don’t even try. Personally, I will be first in line to help someone that cannot help themselves. That is my government. It is called morals and personal responsibility. I do not need a “large” government to teach me or require me to do what I already know is right. When my house is destroyed by your symbolic tornado, I will turn to my family, friends and yes my GOD. And oh by the way my home insurance should help a bit as well.

        • disqus_ODa0i2F348

          When my house is blown over by a tornado my private insurance company will be there to issue me a check. Its unlikely the federal government will do anything. In Fact a few years ago a tornado went thru my grandma’s farm and destroyed her barn and some other buildings and also did a good amount of damage to the house. Nobody from the government showed up to help in the cleanup, never heard a word from FEMA and she has payed her fair share of taxes here entire life. Her private insurance company did do a good job of taking care of things!

          • Chief59

            Sounds like things worked out the way they are supposed to. Private insurance is there to take care of things like that. Now, if she lived in a town that got hit by a tornado and lots of people were affected, then yes, she probably would have had more interaction with the feds/FEMA. Unfortunately, one only a few are involved, those groups aren’t too concerned.

          • Yahooserious

            Unlikely? You must be referencing the Bush administration. Hehe. In 2004 I was offered to leave Iraq for Louisiana. Heh. I’ll take Iraq than you.

  • stone_cold_steve_austin

    This stuff is great! Back and forth…..back and forth. In the end, politics wins and the commoners get little to nothing. I can’t wait for the tax hikes that are inevitable. The middle class (which includes me) won’t know what hit them. All this free/cheap healthcare will be paid for by none other than us THE MIDDLE CLASS. The “rich” will remain rich. They always do. They will find their way out of extra taxation as they always do because they are smarter than the rest of us. Hopefully with all the free healthcare, welfare and whatever other “freebies” they can come up with, the disadvantaged may some day move into the middle class so they can help pay for this monstrosity we call our “government”. They might as well enjoy it as well since most of them voted for it.

    • Chief59

      The whole point of this is to get rid of “free” healthcare. Right now the people who can’t afford insurance and doctors visits go to the ER, then don’t pay the bill. Hospitals and insurance companies then pass the buck onto those with insurance and those who do pay. Nobody is getting “free” healthcare with the ACA, just like there aren’t death panels, forced home inspections, or the ability to keep your own doctor or any of the other bs lies that come out of the mouths and emails of the ACA’s detractors.

      • Yahooserious

        Agreed chief. It’s the same concept Mitt Romney did in massachusetts. In fact, the federal mandate is exactly what Mitt wanted in massachusetts; no free loaders.

      • stone_cold_steve_austin

        Get rid of free healthcare. Your funny! Do you have a standup act we can come watch? The ACA is to get the 20 to 30 year old range to buy health insurance. Plain and simple!

        • Yahooserious

          Wouldn’t that be 26 to thirty something since you can stay on your parents until that age. I’m sure I’ll be insuring my kids until they hit that age. By then they should be educated enough to afford their own.
          There will always be freeloaders. In all parts of life. Hopefully, and I stress hopefully, it will cut down on at least some of it. We paying for them now anyway.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            No, I had the numbers right. It was the same people that bumped the age up to 26 that gave us this wonderful ACA which we can now read since it has passed.

          • Chief59

            So you’re saying they have people under 26 insurance under their parents plan, yet that is the target demographic? Uhhhhh……

            Having young people sign up for insurance is a Jerry party of this, but that isn’t the ultimate goal. Young people typically don’t have insurance for two reasons: either they can’t afford it, or they think they are healthy enough they don’t need it. The ACA helps with the first problem, and by requiring all young people to have insurance, it makes the rates go down for everyone.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            Well now you have me excited. What shall I do with all the money I will be saving. Oh yea, when the tax increase kicks in it will pretty much take that. It’s called a gerbil’s wheel. Run run run run run!

          • Chief59

            It’s one thing to argue for/against something with facts, etc. However, you have done none of that. Yelling “the sky is falling!”, does not, in fact mean it is falling.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            Fact is that taxes will go up if spending does not curtail. That is the fact I am concerned about. Some will be hidden as a “penalty” for not buying health insurance. Others will hit us in the nose like when the Bush/Obama tax cuts finally go away. Those are facts that we will soon have to deal with. I am not a fan (obviously) of the ACA but it is part of our lives now. Just make sure you are in line when it comes time to pay the piper.

          • Chief59

            Serious question…Would you prefer a single payer system over the ACA?

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            At this point, I don’t think it matters except that a single payer system would mean a much bigger increase in taxes. As you can see the people obviously did not want a single pay because the party in charge would have been able to easily pass it if they wished. Not even the majority of Democrats believe in that type of system. With the ACA, they now have what they wanted. Only time will be the true measure of it’s success. We just differ on the amount success or lack there of….

          • Chief59

            It should be a success. How big of one is up for debate. Getting more people insured lowers the cost by spreading it out, and then hospitals and doctors don’t need to overcharge patients with insurance to cover those that don’t. The ACA has been forecast to save the federal government money over the next ten years. Every rollout has glitches. When Apple releases a new iPhone that is full of bugs, do you see people calling for Apple to go out of business? No, you see them bitch about it, and then when things are fixed shortly after they are tickled pink. Same thing with the website rollout. I was annoyed that it took me nine days to finalize my wife’s insurance, but am ecstatic that we no longer have to worry about anything major happening that we wouldn’t be able to pay for.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            Apples and Oranges (pun intended). Private business is not comparable to the federal government. You can quite buying from private business but I wouldn’t try the same with the government. It would be foolish to state that the ACA will be a success or a failure. We only have history in which to judge our government and in my opinion it has not been a resounding success. It has it’s positives and negatives but always seems to leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. I am sure 6 years ago you were about ready to move to Europe because of GW. It all goes in cycles. Don’t worry though, the Republican’s will be back in control sometime in the future to continue the mess that Dems have accomplished. If you haven’t noticed, it is the pattern. Both sides seem to enjoy one upping the other in their disasters.

          • Chief59

            My example was merely to show that people always want to b#tch about something. The rollout could have been perfect, and it’s detractors still would have negative things to say.

            I was never one of those that said I would move to another country if such and such occured, blah blah blah. I’m still waiting on a lot of people to move after the last election though! For all of its horrible, horrible faults, this is still the greatest country on Earth. The Dems and Reps both are pretty sh#tty in getting things done. However, I will vote for whoever I feel will do the best job. I have always labeled myself as an Independent, but the past several years I have not been able to bring myself to vote for a single Republican. That’s after I voted for W twice! Neither party is bringing any new ideas to the table, but one party is consistently bring ideas from 50 years ago. That is a problem.

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            In these days, there is only one thing consistent. Over half the people are disgruntled with government at any given time.

    • Yahooserious

      It’s the irony, man. He hates the affordable care act. Oh but wait. Now he loves it sooo much that if it isn’t working just right he wants the HHS Secretaries head. I think he just misses her as our Governor. A Governor btw that state employees loved, as a lot of Kansan’s did.

      • stone_cold_steve_austin

        Who cares about Sebelius! She is a puppet like everyone else in Washington. She could care less about the average person and if you think she does you may be smoking too much of that pot that you want legalized. NO ONE IN WASHINGTON CARES ABOUT YOU. It is all about control. The more they can control you the longer they can staying that that party land we call D.C.

        • Yahooserious

          Your a conspiracy theorist aren’t you? Are you Alex Jones?

          • stone_cold_steve_austin

            Uh no! There are no secret death panels (although I do like the concept of The Star Chamber).