McConnell: 'Albert Einstein' couldn't fix healthcare reform law

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellKey Senate Republican offers dim outlook for Trump budget Senate votes to confirm US ambassador to China Overnight Finance: What to expect from Trump budget | Plan calls for 0M in Medicaid cuts | Senate confirms ambassador to China | Roadblocks ahead for infrastructure plan MORE (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusSebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet MORE to step down are a distraction.

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McConnell said he felt sorry for Sebelius, who heads the department in charge of implementing ObamaCare, because not even Albert Einstein could make it work.

“She works for the president. The president will make a decision about whether he wants to continue her,” McConnell said during a PBS interview when asked if she should resign.

“But I think that's, to some extent, a distraction. The point is, could anybody make it work? I don't think Albert Einstein could make this thing work. It can't work. It won't work. And so I feel sorry for her being put in a position where she's trying to make something work out that won't.”

The Republican leader described his conference as a consequential minority, predicting the GOP has an excellent chance of taking back the Senate in 2014 using healthcare as a rallying cry.

“ObamaCare ... is going to be, in my view, the largest and most significant issue in the 2014 election,” he said.

Republicans need to net six seats to take back control of the Senate. McConnell himself faces a competitive reelection.

He said sooner or later the Obama administration will get the plagued healthcare website fixed, but the larger problem resides in the law itself.

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