Sen. Alexander calls for HHS Secretary Sebelius to resign

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, accompanied by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, left, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, to discuss President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 for the Health Department.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, accompanied by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, left, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, speaks during a news conference at the HHS in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, to discuss President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 for the Health Department. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON (WVLT) — Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) wants Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down. On Tuesday, Alexander, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Health Committee, called on President Barack Obama to ask her to resign.

"No private sector CEO would escape accountability after such a poor performance," said Sen. Alexander.

Alexander says 1.5 million Americans will lose health coverage at the beginning of the year because of Obamacare and "(i)f the exchange is not working, they will not be able to choose another policy through that exchange."

The state's junior senator also took issue with the fact she "appears to have not told" Obama about problems with the Healthcare.gov website prior to its launch

“Expecting this secretary to be able to fix in a few weeks what she has not been able to fix during the last three and one half years is unrealistic."

"It is throwing good money after bad,” he added.

Sebeilus has served as Health and Human Services Secretary since President Obama was elected in 2008.


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