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Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Should Obama Fire an Administration Official Over the Affordable Care Act Rollout?

Should President Obama fire an administration official over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act?


Yes: 50%
No: 50%



"God, yes! The faulty rollout has jeopardized a program that will benefit the health and well-being of millions of Americans."

"Kathleen Sebelius won't take the fall, though. The last thing the president wants is a Health and Human Services nomination battle that will give the GOP senators another bite at the apple."


"It's just gotten too embarrassing. Amazing they let this happen."

"This is a disaster waiting to blow up in time for 2014. Government shutdowns will be forgotten, and increased premiums and nightmares a daily reality check."

"Many more than one, starting not with Sebelius but with Valerie Jarrett."

"Why has the president fired more people for pseudonymous tweeting than for screwing up his signature achievement?"


"The buck stops you know where."


"It would only fuel the Republican fire."

"It would not end the story, and they would then need to confirm someone."

"Unless he fires himself, the Republicans will never be satisfied."

"Historically, this would have been viewed as leadership. Today, Republicans will just say Obama is throwing someone under the bus."

"No, but the consultants who didn't meet deadlines or requirements should be."

"The website will be fixed. People formerly without insurance will get it. Let the story breathe."

"Too late now. Besides, does anyone really know who was in charge of it to start with?"

"Not yet. Let's get it working first."

"Give the Republicans someone's head and they will want a bigger head."

"Fire the contractor."


Should President Obama fire an administration official over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act?


Yes: 68%
No: 32%


"I long for the steely competence of Jimmy Carter."

"OBVIOUSLY, yes. It's unfathomable that they haven't. But firing incompetent officials isn't exactly this administration's M.O."

"Obama lied about the ACA in order to get it passed. Why not continue the charade by blaming somebody else for its failure?"

"If this were the private sector, Kathleen Sebelius would have been fired already. If Obama doesn't fire someone, it will cement an impression that no one in his government is accountable to the people they serve."

"How can that crew manage campaigns so well and government so poorly?"

"$1 billion and three years. Sheer mismanagement."

"Yes, but he won't. This is the most detached president since Calvin Coolidge, and that was back when the federal government didn't do much."

"Take charge for once."

"Yes, but the problem may be that he is the official most responsible—for having refused to listen to warnings both from his own operating team and congressional Republicans."

"The only problem is, nobody else will take the job."


"He is better off blaming the Republicans."

"Firing underlings for the failure of your No. 1 initiative might be the Washington way, but the buck stops at the top. And why fire anyone when that would suggest it isn't working, and President Obama is loath to ever admit ANY weakness."

"Just a Washington game. Nobody cares."

"Heck no, we need to keep that level of incompetence at the helm in order for Americans to have the full understanding of just how horrific this policy is."

"The effort was coordinated out of the White House. Let someone in that building take responsibility."

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This article appears in the November 2, 2013 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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