Alexander Statement on Secretary Sebelius’s Planned Visit to Memphis

Posted on October 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius’s planned visit to Memphis tomorrow:

“The secretary is always welcome in Tennessee, but her time would be better spent in Washington fixing the Obamacare website so that millions of Americans won’t find themselves without health insurance starting January 1st. But while she’s in Memphis, I hope she’s able to meet with some of the thousands of Tennesseans who are being informed that they won’t be able to keep the health insurance the president promised they’d be able to keep.”

On Monday, Alexander called on President Obama to ask Sebelius to resign, saying, “Expecting this secretary to be able to fix in a few weeks what she has not been able to fix during the last three and one half years is unrealistic. It is throwing good money after bad … No private sector chief executive officer would escape accountability after such a poor performance.”

Last week, Alexander introduced legislation that would require the administration to provide weekly reports on the Obamacare exchanges, saying, “Before the Internet, RCA knew how many records Elvis was selling every day. Before the Internet, Ford knew how many cars they were selling every day. Before the Internet, McDonald’s could tell you how many hamburgers it had sold each day. Yet the Obama administration cannot tell us how many Americans have tried to sign up for Obamacare.” Senate Democrats on Tuesday rejected his request to unanimously pass the legislation.

And today, Alexander announced his support of a subpoena issued by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for Obamacare exchange documents requested by Alexander and Issa.


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