Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, October 25, 2013
Someone better give Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a lesson on how a democracy works, stat.
The former Kansas governor, who has been tasked with the onerous role of managing the Affordable Care Act’s implementation, told reporters outside an HHS call center in Phoenix that she doesn’t think much of the numerous calls for her resignation over the failure of the Healthcare.gov website, since they’re coming directly from ”people I don’t work for.”
“The majority of people calling for me to resign, I would say, are people I don’t work for and who do not want this program to work in the first place,” Sebelius said. ”I have had frequent conversations with the president and I’ve committed to him that my role is to get the program up and running and will do just that.”
Sebelius may report directly to the president of the United States, but he works for the American people – the same ones who, through their elected officials, are calling for her to step down. Thus, she is in fact working for the same people who want her to resign.
Sebelius had been asked to testify on the website glitches by the House Energy and Commerce Committee earlier in the day, but declined due to the pre-scheduled trip. She is expected to testify before Congressover the issue in the next couple of weeks.
Watch Sebelius’ remarks below.