Alexander Calls For Resignation Of Secretary Sebelius

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.), the senior Republican on the Senate Health Committee, on Tuesday called for President Obama to ask Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to resign.

Senator Alexander said, “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.”

Senator Alexander pointed to "at least 1.5 million Americans who are losing health care coverage starting on Jan. 1 because their policies are not legal under Obamacare."

“If the exchange is not working, they will not be able to choose another policy through that exchange. At some point there has to be accountability,” Senator Alexander said. “Taxpayers have spent $400 million to create exchanges that, after three and one half years, still don’t work.

“No private sector chief executive officer would escape accountability after such a poor performance. And the principle of accountability is not foreign to the public sector. Admiral Hyman Rickover, father of the nuclear navy, told his submarine captains that they were not only accountable for their ships, but they were also accountable for the nuclear reactor on their ships.  If anything went wrong with the reactor, their career in the Navy was over, the admiral said. As a result of that dose of accountability, since the 1950s there never has been a death as a result of a problem with a naval submarine reactor.”

“Americans deserve that kind of accountability in the implementation of the new health care law,” he said.

He said, “Instead, the secretary appears not even to have told the President about known problems with the Obamacare website in the months and days leading up to the launch. Despite repeated requests, she has refused to tell Congress or the public the reasons the Obamacare website continues to fail while insisting on more time and an undisclosed amount of money to fix it.

“It is time for the President to ask the secretary of Health and Human Services to resign.” 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, GEOFFREY JEROME  300 MAPLEWOOD AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 38 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT OF PROPERTY POSSESSING A FIREARM WITH INTENT TO GO ARMED STOP SIGN VIOLATION --- BALLARD, KAITLYN MACKENZIE  78 DAVIS ROAD RINGGOLD, 30736  Age at Arrest: ... (click for more)

Despite Disputes, Signal Mayor Picks Up Papers To Seek Re-Election

Controversial  Signal Mountain  Mayor Chris Howley, under whose tumultuous 18 months of mayoralty the town has careened from one political battle to another, apparently has no plans to retire from the field.   Friday  – just 10 days after announcing he intends to moderate two candidate forums in which a candidate he already endorsed will ... (click for more)

John Porter Franklin, Sr.: A Community Gem

In 2016, It was   my honor to have been chosen to recognize African American History Month at the February HCDE board meeting.   Throughout my life, I’ve been taught and exposed to African American history both nationally and locally. In reflecting on what to share, I thought about all that was going on in our community and more importantly in our educational community ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What’s 28% Of 2,500?

There is a strong likelihood, this based on new data obtained from the Hamilton County Department of Education, that only 700 of this year’s approximately 2,500 high school graduates can tell you what 28 percent of 2,500 is. The 2018 test scores, used to determine what percentage of students in public schools are “scoring on track,” averaged 28.4 percent in our 32 middle and high ... (click for more)

Chris Douglas Wins Waterfront Triathlon Sunday

More than a thousand trim and fit men and women gathered at Ross’s Landing Sunday morning for the annual Waterfront Triathlon with McKenzie’s Kirsten Sass the only one of four defending champs to successfully defend her title. There were two races held on Sunday, including a sprint event that included a 400-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.   The longer intermediate ... (click for more)

UT Athletics Department To Host Tribute To John Ward On Wednesday

  The University of Tennessee Athletics Department and The Vol Network are hosting a Tribute to "The Voice" event honoring John Ward on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 6 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena. The legendary broadcasting and marketing icon passed away this week following a lengthy illness. He was 88. Wednesday's event will take on a celebratory ... (click for more)