Republican Congressman Darrell Issa says if Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius cannot reorganize and assemble a team to meet President Obama’s agenda, “she shouldn’t be there.” If someone isn’t fired over the Obamacare implementation debacle, then President Barack Obama is “missing the point of Management 101.”
Issa made his comments on Sunday’s Face the Nation. Issa said his committee is looking for “quick answers” to straighten out as much of the “above the water” issues, comparing the Obamacare rollout to an iceberg.
Issa said he also wants to investigate “the 90 percent of the problems below the water, including the 2,500 counties that have only one or two companies bidding to provide health insurance.”
Issa requested documents related to the major problems with HealthCare.gov by October 28th or face the possibility of a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.
“Your failure to provide Congress information that would shed additional light on these problems is a troubling indication that you are refusing to hold people accountable for this costly and failed enterprise,” Issa wrote in a letter sent to Sebelius last week. “While you have refused to provide information to Congress, you have been a frequent guest on numerous news and television comedy programs subsequent to October 1, 2013. It is unacceptable that you are providing information to numerous other outlets, but not to Congress.”
“During the months prior to October 1, 2013, the Administration and many HHS officials assured the American people that the health insurance exchanges would be ready to successfully launch on October 1, 2013,” the letter continues. “It is clear that you and other high-ranking HHS officials either provided false testimony to Congress or did not know how badly the development of the HealthCare.gov was proceeding. Either scenario, if accurate, is inexcusable and demands accountability from your department.”
The letter concludes, “If you do not comply with the Committees’ requests by 5:00 pm on October 28, 2013, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will be forced to consider the use of compulsory process.”