Washington Bureau

10.22.13

Paul Ryan Calls On Kathleen Sebelius to Resign

Rep. Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee and chair of the House Budget Committee, called on Kathleen Sebelius to resign as Secretary of Health and Human Services Tuesday afternoon over the issues with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

On a conference call to support the gubernatorial campaign of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Ryan stated that he thought that Sebelius should lose her job over tech issues involved in the launch of healthcare.gov. 

Ryan, a longtime opponent of Obamacare, said, "I think this rollout has been a fiasco, not just because they have bad tech but because the law itself is so fundamentally flawed. We gave the administration every chance to delay the law and delay the mandate." The Wisconsin congressman recalled testimony from Sebelius before the House Ways and Means Committee, where she gave "the impression that [the launch of the federal health exchange] would be almost flawless."

Cuccinelli, whose campaign is lagging in the polls, called on Sebelius to resign yesterday, joining a number of other GOP lawmakers including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Rep. John Fleming (R-LA). However, with his statement, Ryan becomes the most prominent Republican to call on Sebelius to step down.