The GOP Wants Sebelius Fired Over Glitch-filled Launch of

HHS Secretary Sebelius
National Journal
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Clara Ritger
Oct. 17, 2013, 2:30 p.m.

After fail­ing to put a dent in the Af­ford­able Care Act through the shut­down and debt ceil­ing deal, the Re­pub­lic­an Party shif­ted its fo­cus to Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us.

The Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee is tweet­ing #FireSe­beli­us and their web­site homepage fea­tures a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing that Pres­id­ent Obama sack the head of the de­part­ment in charge of car­ry­ing out his sig­na­ture health re­form ini­ti­at­ive.

The pe­ti­tion calls the glitch-rid­den rol­lout of Health­ a “sys­tem­ic fail­ure” and says Se­beli­us should be held ac­count­able for ig­nor­ing “red flags and re­peated warn­ings that Obama­care wasn’t ready for prime­time.”

The White House said Tues­day it has no plans to get rid of Se­beli­us.

Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers in the House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee are also press­ing the sec­ret­ary to ap­pear at a hear­ing next week, in­sist­ing that HHS re­lease en­roll­ment data and that Se­beli­us testi­fy wheth­er she knew the site was not ready to launch.

“This is wholly un­ac­cept­able,” Chair­man Fred Up­ton, R-Mich, said in a press re­lease. “Sec­ret­ary Se­beli­us had time for Jon Stew­art, and we ex­pect her to have time for Con­gress.”

There’s no ques­tion the fed­er­al web­site has kept some Amer­ic­ans from en­rolling for cov­er­age. But the latest twist on the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s anti-Obama­care ef­forts ap­pears less like a blow to the law it­self and more like “Off with her head.”