Ex-White House Aide: ‘It’s Important’ That Obama Fire Someone For Health Care Rollout

Former White House aide Robert Gibbs on Tuesday once again called on President Barack Obama to fire someone for the problematic launch of the Affordable Care Act.

“I think it’s important, in order to restore the American people’s confidence in both health care reform and government again, that the president fire the people responsible for this failure,” Gibbs said, as quoted by the New York Times. “He also needs to send a clear message to the bureaucracy that failure on this scale is simply unacceptable.”

A White House press secretary under Obama from 2009 until 2011, Gibbs has been vocal in his criticism of the health care law’s rollout.

In October, he said he hoped that some administration officials would lose their jobs over the “excruciatingly embarrassing” rollout. Gibbs said last month that Obama erred when he said that the law would not require anyone to abandon their health insurance plans. 

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