Ten Republican senators sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday urging him to fire Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusLeaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet Romney: Trump victory 'very possible' Fighting for assisted living facilities MORE "immediately."
Alexander and others have previously called for Sebelius to resign, but Thursday’s letter urges the president to “immediately relieve” her.
Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also signed the letter.
In addition to the botched launch of the HealthCare.gov, the senators say Sebelius should be fired because she ignored signals that the site wasn’t ready in the run-up to Oct. 1, and because she “misled the public by claiming the issues were the result of high volume.”
“While assurances have been made that solutions are forthcoming, we have little confidence that immediate resolution is imminent,” the senators wrote.
Sebelius has so far withstood calls for her resignation. She’s been touring the country urging consumers to sign up for healthcare despite the website’s problems.
But Obama has expressed his frustration to her.
HHS has said HealthCare.gov will be “running smoothly for most users” by Nov. 30.