By Mario Trujillo - 10/31/13 12:38 PM EDT
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to step down are a distraction.
“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.