Senator Lamar Alexander has joined the growing number of Republicans who want the US Secretary of Health to step down. He says it will take someone other than Kathleen Sebelius to get rid of the glitches with the Health Care Exchange enrollment.
Brentwood Republican Marsha Blackburn hinted at Sebelius leaving her post, telling FOX news that she’d like the Secretary to answer questions, quote, “before she’s out the door.” West Tennessee Congressman Stephen Fincher signed a letter last week calling for her ouster. And today, Lamar Alexander stood on the Senate floor to say time’s up.
“Now, many Americans have only a few weeks to purchase new insurance or be without health insurance. To expect the Secretary to correct in a few weeks what she’s not been able to do in three and one half years is unrealistic. Mr. President, it’s time for the President to ask the Secretary of Health and Human Services to resign.”
Alexander’s move comes a day after his primary opponent, state Representative Joe Carr, criticized him for a slightly softer statement made last week. At that time, Alexander stopped short of calling out Sebelius but said someone needed to be fired for the long delays, poor connections and other problems that have riddled the exchange websites since they opened earlier this month.