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Sen. Roberts calls on HHS Secretary Sebelius to resign

October 11, 2013

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., today called on Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to resign for "gross incompetence" in the rollout of the online enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Roberts said he would rather the ACA be repealed, but in the absence of that "we need new leadership from top to bottom. I am calling on the secretary to resign."

The HealthCare.gov federal website for the health insurance marketplaces has been plagued with technical problems that have prevented many from enrolling.

Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, has acknowledged problems and said technicians were trying to expand the site's capacity. The website became operational Oct. 1.

Consumers have until Dec. 15 to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1. They have until the end up March to sign up to avoid tax penalties.

Comments

Phil Minkin 1 year, 8 months ago

Maybe if he had talked with Sam and the other 20 or so governors and encouraged them to accept the federal dollars to set up a state exchange, things would have turned out better. I don't think that ever crossed his mind as something he could do to help his constituency!

Steve Bunch 1 year, 8 months ago

More obstruction from the Grand Obstructionist Party.

Richard Payton 1 year, 8 months ago

Worst rollout ever of any government program I've witnessed. That's what happens when a President sets a hard deadline before any test can be run on healthcare.gov.

JayhawkFan1985 1 year, 8 months ago

That wasn't the problem. The problem was the volume of people desperate to sign up. They still have two months so plenty of time to work the bugs out. Microsoft is still trying to get the technical bugs out of their software. We just need to be patient. Senator Roberts comments are at best irresponsible. We need a more constructive politics in this country.

Richard Payton 1 year, 8 months ago

The band width isn't the problem. This government can handle the volume but the javascript issues on the front end have some problems. The longer the system is down the more volume the site will have when the system becomes operational. Some haven't even tried to get on yet figuring they have till March 31 according to HHS. The IRS now is giving us till Feb. 15th according to what I read on the Daily Caller.

Brian Hall 1 year, 8 months ago

So when Medicare.gov was down for roughly a month back in 2005 when prescription drug coverage was becoming available, were you wanting then-HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to resign? Were you blaming the Bush administration for setting a hard deadline for Medicare beneficiaries to sign up for prescription drug coverage or face a fine and not making sure Medicare.gov could handle the traffic?

Brett McCabe 1 year, 8 months ago

Please list all of the government rollouts of this scale that you've witnessed. Oh yeah, there aren't any. Well, let's look at private enterprise then...how about Windows rollouts? Those were always smooth. Or Apple Maps? Perfect from the start. Or Google Chromebooks? The best ever.

I think that when people criticize the efforts of others with absolutely no evidence to support their arguments, then those people are at best misguided, but more likely dishonest. I'll go with the odds on this one.

Jake Esau 1 year, 8 months ago

None of your examples had nearly as many serious problems/errors like healthcare.gov is facing. I've been trying to get a working profile with verified identity on there for a week now and still hit a variety of errors and blank pages. Others I know that have tried have encountered similar problems.

Bob Forer 1 year, 8 months ago

Since the passage of the ACA, the Republican Party has used every political dirty trick in the book attempting to destroy the legislation. And Roberts now accuses Sebelius of incompetence in implementing the law?????

I gotta hand it to Senator Roberts. His statment is the best example of Chutzpah I have observed in quite some time.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

What is it with Brownback and a few other governors? Where is the world did they get the idea that leaving our federal tax dollars in Washington D.C. makes dollars and sense?

Why not bring OUR tax dollars home to help people acquire medical insurance?

Why not bring OUR tax dollars home to keep food on Kansas tables? What's wrong with Food Stamp money flowing back into the local economy of many many communities?

Then again what can we expect from a party that has twice sent our nation's economy down the tubes over questionable if not criminal home loan scams?

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

I believe Sen Pat Roberts should seek counseling in order to determine if he is mentally stable enough to make the right decisions expected of a United States Senator. Perhaps his time has come to step down. ALEC policies have led him astray.

This thinking that Kathleen Sebelius should resign over computer glitches is definitely grasping for straws out of thin air.

Steve Hicks 1 year, 8 months ago

This is the same Senator who used his political clout to get the federal animal- and agro-disease lab moved from an island off New York to the middle of America's agricultural heartland...in his state.

Glitches in the Care Act's operation are nothing compared to that time-bomb's potential harm.

Dick Sengpiehl 1 year, 8 months ago

It is time for Sen Roberts to be voted out of office.. He is advocating recalling a fine Kanas public servant. The Senator's record is very questionable the past few years. Before the ACA I personally took the time to go to his Topeka office to present him my suggestions to be included in a health care plan. I thought us both being former Marines would at least prompt him to read the proposals and respond. His representative assured me he would see the Senator the following week and he would respond. He didn't. He has a history of not being responsive to his constituents. A very well respected Republican and public servant wrote him a letter criticizing his non support of Steve Six for Attorney General. He received back a nasty critical letter. I see he has a Republican primary opponent. Vote for him or her and for the Democrat who opposes him in the 2014 election. By the way, if Gov Brownback had received Federal money Kansas could have set up it's own exchange. He needs to go too.

Zach Davis 1 year, 8 months ago

It's amazing to me that he wants to put fault on Sebelius for a government program having issues when he wont acknowledge faults back home.

If you look on the KanCare issues log (Note reporting for this quarter isn't due till November) there are 693 reported and logged issues by 6-27-2013 https://www.kmap-state-ks.us/documents/content/KanCareIssueLogs/KanCareIssueLogs.pdf

Providers are getting stiffed on payments and the most vulnerable Kansans are falling into even deeper cracks than ever before due to diminished services. http://www.khi.org/news/2013/sep/23/kancare-problems-persist-providers/ http://www.kansascity.com/2013/10/07/4538580/kancare-system-criticized-in-topeka.html

KanCare has been a true fiasco for many that receive and provide services under it. I personally have had to have Sen. Fransisco help me with issues I had where twice I would find out my insurance was cut off each time DCF and the MCO was pointing the finger at the other or claiming it was a computer error and it would be quickly fixed when it was not.

In my opinion if Sen. Roberts is to be calling for heads because a government program having issues within weeks of its roll out he might first want to look back at his home state and his own party.

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