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Roberts said he would rather the ACA be repealed, but in the absence of that "we need new leadership from top to bottom.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

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Zach Davis 6 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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Mink Munsway 6 months ago

Senator Roberts, two terms is enough. In fact, there should be no retirement system for politicians, it shouldn't be a career. I don't have an issue with Roberts, he's actually been very good, it is time to elect a new republican, the Doctor from Johnson county.

HHS Secretary Sebelius should resign. She has violated the trust of the people on more than one occassion, she is incompetent, and she is a big part of the problem in Washington. She was a horrible governor and a horrible HHS Secretary.

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Dick Sengpiehl 6 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.

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Steve Hicks 6 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.

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Richard Heckler 6 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.

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Richard Heckler 6 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?

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Bob Forer 6 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.

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Autie Anderson 6 months ago

I call on Pat Roberts to resign because of gross incompetence. His lack of leadership had diminished the role of Kansas in Washington. His completely out of touch approach to what is good for this state is abhorrent. Yes, if he would have worked with the Secretary and the Governor we could have had the flagship of health exchanges. He would rather ignore the law than support the law. Bad form.

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Richard Payton 6 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.

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Steve Bunch 6 months ago

More obstruction from the Grand Obstructionist Party.

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6 months ago

Gross incompetence is a very ironic accusation to make there, Sen. Roberts.

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Marley Schnauzer 6 months ago

Think a fair amount of Kansans would much prefer that Roberts resign.

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Phil Minkin 6 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!

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