Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Today, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testified in front of the House Energy and Commerce committee about the Affordable Care Act - more commonly known as "Obamacare" to much of the public - and the failures of the website. During the testimony, Sebelius, a Democrat, had a testy conversation with Rep. Gregg Harper, a Republican from Mississippi. Harper and Sebelius were discussing who was ultimately responsible for the failures of, with Sebelius repeatedly taking blame for the failures of the website throughout the Congressional hearing. Harper repeatedly asked Sebelius whether President Obama was ultimately responsible, to which Sebelius eventually responded, “You clearly, uh, whatever.” Blame has been shifted between different people and factions of the government, and calls have come from a variety of Republicans - both Congressional and non-Congressional - for Sebelius to resign. President Obama has also said that he is upset about the failures of in its initial rollout. My question to the class is, who do you ultimately believe is responsible for the problems with Is it President Obama, Secretary Sebelius, The White House, the Department of Health and Human Services as a whole, or another person or organization?

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