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Fleming Wants Answers from HHS Secretary

Secretary Sebelius should begin tomorrow’s hearing by tendering her resignation to the American people, for whom she works.

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Washington, D.C., Oct 29, 2013 | Doug Sachtleben ((202) 225-2777) | comments
Congressman John Fleming, M.D., released the following statement ahead of Wednesday’s Capitol Hill hearing with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

“Secretary Sebelius should begin tomorrow’s hearing by tendering her resignation to the American people, for whom she works. But, if she chooses to remain on the job and unaccountable for the disastrous Obamacare rollout, then she must answer the following:


· Why didn’t you tell President Obama of the problems facing HealthCare.gov before October 1, and why didn’t you urge him to delay the individual mandate while those problems were being addressed?

· Did CGI Federal receive a no-bid contract to build the HealthCare.gov website, and did CGI benefit in any way because its senior vice president, Toni Townes-Whitley, was a college classmate of First Lady Michelle Obama?

· How many people have successfully enrolled in private insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, and how many have enrolled in Medicaid?

· How much has the federal government spent on the HealthCare.gov website, and how much will be spent between now and the end of the November?

· Can you explain what you meant when you said that you do not work for the majority of people who have called on you to resign?


“Secretary Sebelius has been dismissive toward those of us who have called on her to resign. I hope she leaves that attitude outside of the hearing room tomorrow and recognizes that, as a cabinet secretary of President Obama, she must be accountable to the American people and to their elected representatives.”

Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.
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