CNN’s Dana Bash asked Cruz if he thought (as many of his colleagues do) that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign.
He answered, “Absolutely she should resign. Why? Because the program she has implemented – ObamaCare – is a disaster, it’s not working, it’s hurting people all across this country.” He went on to characterize the idea that Republicans should just let the healthcare law collapse under its own weight (hurting many Americans in the process) because it helps them politically, as the “bad Samaritan theory.”
“Basically, we inflict a bunch or harm on the American people and hope we benefit politically from it. What a terrible, cynical approach,” he fretted.
Republicans have been pressuring the Regime to allow Sebelius to testify at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing scheduled for this Thursday.
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) told Reuters, “It’s not just a bumpy rollout. We’re crossing a bridge with a warning sign that says: BRIDGE OUT. We’ll be trying to get people from the administration to tell us whether they were pretending everything was OK or was there an internal cover-up or did they just not know?”
Fox News reports that members of the Committee began focusing on Secretary Sebelius after she went on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” last week to talk about the website.
“Secretary Sebelius had time for Jon Stewart, and we expect her to have time for Congress,” Committee Chairman Fred Upton said.
The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Thursday that will focus on whether officials involved with the site “Didn’t Know or Didn’t Disclose” problems. And the committee has for the third time in the past two days publicly called upon the administration to send witnesses to Capitol Hill to provide answers.The requests, which have so far been rejected, include a letter Thursday directly to Secretary Sebelius.
Saturday, Speaker of the House John Boehner kept up the pressure on Twitter:
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) October 19, 2013
The Speaker is very much on board the “Dump Sebelius” bandwagon, posting on his website, #TrainWreck: “HHS Secretary refuses to testify about ObamaCare’s rollout” .
But, as I’m sure I need not remind you – we are talking about a President who is completely devoid of honor and shame….He had no problem standing with the corrupt and scandal-plagued Eric Holder even after he was held in criminal contempt of Congress for Fast and Furous. The AP/Rosen DOJ scandal barely caused a ripple in this White House. The Obama Regime has perfected the “run out the clock” strategy (which the Democrat media complex would never let a Republican administration get away with.)
John Hayward put it very well at the Conversation:
There have been legislative proposals to expel federal officials like Lois Lerner who take the Fifth to avoid testimony. That is a fantastic idea, and it’s a thousand times more urgently needed than the “comprehensive immigration reform” that our ruling class is obsessed with.
The Obama Administration has demonstrated, repeatedly, that nothing less will ever squeeze a drop of accountability from its dry veins.
Maybe we should have seen this coming, since the old concepts of transparency and accountability were largely based on the notion of shame as a motivating factor. Defiance of subpoenas and the concealment of vital documents would lead to withering media exposes by Pulitzer-hungry journalists, which would in turn produce public outrage and damage electoral prospects. But Team Obama realized early on that the love-struck media would never do more than grumble for a couple of days… even when they’re the subject of rough Administration treatment. Media adoration, plus their short attention span – which is often incorrectly portrayed as the public’s short attention span, but really, who outside of political junkies and information connoisseurs is going to keep following a story after the major media drops it? – mean that every scandal devolves into a game where the goal is surviving a few news cycles, and the most dependable strategy is for everyone to clam up, knowing that the worst consequences they face are administrative leave (i.e. paid vacation), a lateral transfer, or maybe retirement with plush benefits.
The White House has so far refused to make Sebelius available to House investigators, and Obama continues to say publicly he has full confidence in her.
Ann Coulter joined Fox and Friends Sunday morning to talk about the hottest topic in Washington: No Time For Congress – Sebelius Won’t Testify Over Obamacare Rollout Eye On Obamacare: