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House Conservatives Holding Kathleen Sebelius Responsible for Healthcare.gov Disaster

Chaffetz, Gowdy, and Mulvaney
House conservatives, led by Representatives Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Trey Gowdy (SC-04) and Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), are holding Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius' feet to the fire in advance of her much anticipated House testimony regarding the failure of the healthcare.gov website.

In true Obama fashion, Secretary Sebelius has steadfastly refused to take responsibility for the disastrous launch of the ObamaCare web portal and the apparent waste of over a half a billion taxpayer dollars. Instead, she has tried to deflect blame on to conservatives who forced the recent government "slimdown" in an effort to stop ObamaCare -- even though the work on the website was done long before the "slimdown."

Not that we expect any answers -- or at least any straight answers -- from Secretary Sebelius, but the following is the text of the letter Representatives Mulvaney, Gowdy and Chaffetz sent to Sebelius late Monday afternoon:

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

You have made a number of curious statements during your career in public life. Time and space do not allow for a full inventory.

Most recently you are quoted as saying the abysmal Obamacare rollout—for which you had three years and more than $500,000,000 to prepare, test, and perfect—was the fault of House Republicans and the government shutdown.

If memory serves, Obamacare was signed into law in March of 2010, when Republicans controlled precisely no branch of government.

At a an event in Austin, Texas, on October 25th, you said: "In an ideal world, there would have been a lot more testing . . . but we did not have the luxury of that with a law that says 'it's go time on October 1st.'" You then—and in the interest of clarity we will edit—blame House Republicans and the government shutdown for your failure to provide a workable product.

In light of this newest explanation for the failure to provide a workable product, could you provide some additional clarification of your remarks, particularly by answering the following questions: 

1) When did you first test the website healthcare.gov?

2) When did you last test the website healthcare.gov prior to October 1, 2013?

3) Who limited your ability to test the website as often as you judged necessary?

4) In the "ideal world" you make reference to, how many testings would you have conducted?

5) What "law" are you referencing that says "it's go time on October 1, 2013"?

6) Assuming arguendo you are able to cite said law, did you ask for an extension?

7) Inasmuch as the website launched October 1 and the government shutdown began October 1, how precisely was the website launch affected by the shutdown?

8) What changes did you make to the website from September 1, 2013, to October 1, 2013?

9) Who, if anyone other than you, directed those changes be made?

Your prompt response to these questions would be most appreciated and helpful to those of us who eagerly await your testimony before congressional committees of appropriate jurisdiction.

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Holding People Accountable

They are going to hold Sebelius accountable?

You mean like holding Holder accountable for Fast and Furious?

You mean like holding Clinton accountable for Benghazi?

You mean like holding Lerner and others accountable for the IRS scandal?

These Republicans are all hat and no cattle.

Actually indict someone on something and throw them in jail and thenI nmay believe they will hold some one accountable!