By Justin Sink - 10/22/13 01:44 AM EDT
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that President Obama was focused on fixing the technical problems plaguing the ObamaCare website, not "on making heads roll."
"The accountability he's looking for is the accountability of making sure everybody who has expertise in this matter is focused on fixing it, not focused on making heads roll," Carney told CNN.
Carney's comments come after prominent Republican lawmakers have suggested that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign over the technical glitches.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNN on Monday Sebelius should "absolutely resign," while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Fox News "that may become an option."
"I’m not a fan of those immediate calls for people to resign, but I think in this case, actions like the one you just outlined are going to make it harder and harder for her to do her job effectively," the Florida senator said. "I think people — the transparency or lack thereof on this issue is very concerning.”
Last Monday, former White House press secretary and Obama adviser Robert Gibbs said he hoped "they fire some people that were in charge" of the rollout, although he did not specify Sebelius.
Earlier Monday, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said President Obama “has a lot of confidence in Kathleen Sebelius."
“Implementing this law is a hard piece of policy business. It’s a hard piece of technology business, and it’s very hard politically. And Kathleen has taken a lot of hits over the years, and she can very much handle them.”
Sebelius is set to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week about the rocky rollout of the exchanges, following Republican demands she appear before Congress.
Monday night, Carney said the Republican criticism was ideological in nature, noting that Cruz "led a campaign to shutdown the government" over his opposition to ObamaCare.
He also rejected the contention from CNN host Piers Morgan that the rollout had been a failure.
"This system is not failing," Carney said. "Hundreds of thousands of Americans are submitting their applications successfully."