Obama Demands Website Fix From Sebelius

The president is frustrated with the continuing problems surrounding the ACA enrollment website.

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 13: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks during a press conference at the Erie Family Health Center on February 13, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Sebelius, with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, used the opportunity to promote cooperation between states and the federal government in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Sophie Novack
Oct. 30, 2013, 5:06 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama has ex­pressed frus­tra­tion to Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us about Health­Care.gov and made it clear be­hind closed doors that it is her re­spons­ib­il­ity to fix the prob­lem­at­ic launch, The Hill re­ports.

Re­pub­lic­an law­makers are call­ing for her resig­na­tion, but Obama has re­mained loy­al and con­fid­ent in the sec­ret­ary. In fact, he has not even con­sidered fir­ing Se­beli­us, Na­tion­al Journ­al re­ports.

Yet the prob­lems plaguing the Obama­care en­roll­ment site threaten to jeop­ard­ize the pres­id­ent’s sig­na­ture le­gis­lat­ive achieve­ment, and he is un­doubtedly anxious about the need for suc­cess­ful and swift re­pairs to the web­site.

Se­beli­us is set to testi­fy be­fore the House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day. 


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