A Democratic congressman on Tuesday called for someone to be fired over the rocky Obamacare website launch, Roll Call reported.
When a caller in a tele-townhall asked Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) for assurance that problems with the website would be corrected, Maloney said he wouldn’t “sugarcoat” the health care marketplace’s issues.
“I’m glad the administration has been getting in the game on this a little more recently, I think they were slow off the dime,” Maloney told the caller. “I’d like to see somebody lose their job over this. I think it’s outrageous.”
Asked about the remark, Maloney told Roll Call in a statement that “The success of this program and the ability of folks to navigate these exchanges is more important than protecting anyone who failed to do their job.”
Though Maloney didn’t single out any one individual for blame, Republicans from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) have called for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign in the wake of the website’s glitchy rollout.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.