By Jonathan Easley - 11/18/13 02:55 PM EST
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that the White House must fire someone — or possibly even a group of people — over the “botched” ObamaCare rollout.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which is under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the primary agency tasked with implementing the Affordable Care Act.
Dozens of lawmakers have called for embattled HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign, and she’s had to join her colleagues at the CMS, most notably administrator Marilyn Tavenner, on Capitol Hill for testimony in front of angry lawmakers.
But to date, no one has stepped down because of a direct connection to the bungled launch.
“I think if this were to happen in the private sector, somebody would have probably already lost their job,” Gibbs continued. “I think the only way to restore ultimate confidence going forward is to make sure whoever was in charge of this isn’t in charge the long-term healthcare plan.”
On Sunday, ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported that the White House is likely to make changes once things are running smoother, but that President Obama believes acting now would be counter-productive.
Karl Rove ridiculed that strategy over Twitter on Monday.
Sure, WH staff will all keep focused knowing now the plan is mass firings when they're done. http://t.co/Ac4mIX8i7a— Karl Rove (@KarlRove) November 18, 2013