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Kansas Senator Calls for Sebelius Resignation

Kathleen Sebelius official portraitKathleen Sebelius

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should resign over problems with the federal government's health overhaul website. The Republican senator said yesterday (FRI) that the problems demonstrate what he called "gross incompetence" on the part of Sebelius. HHS officials declined to respond to Roberts' comments.

The federal government is running online insurance marketplaces for most states, including Kansas. The website is how consumers access them. Roberts has been a critic of the federal health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama, Sebelius and fellow Democrats. Most Americans must buy health insurance or face a tax penalty next year. Online marketplaces were supposed to help them find coverage.

Sebelius is a former Kansas governor. Roberts voted for her confirmation in 2009 but said he regrets that vote.

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