Obama has refused on numerous occasions to agree to fire HHS Secretary Sebelius. From Obama's February 2, 2014 interview with Bill O'Reilly:
OBAMA: -- as I said, I don't think anybody anticipated the degree of problems that you had on HealthCare.gov. The good news is that right away, we decided how are we going to fix it, it got fixed within a month and a half, it was up and running and now it's working the way it's supposed to and we've signed up three million people.O'REILLY: I don't know about that, because last week, there was an Associated Press call of people who actually went to the Web site and only 8 percent of them feel that it's working well, working well.Why didn't you fire Sebelius, the secretary in charge of this...OBAMA: (INAUDIBLE).
O'REILLY: -- because I mean she had to know, after all those years and all that money, that it wasn't going to work?
Just in November, Obama declared that he thought she was doing a great job.
OBAMA: You know, my main priority right now is making sure that it delivers for the American people. And what we...
O'REILLY: You're not going to answer that?
OBAMA: -- what -- what we've ended up doing is we've got three million people signed up so far. We're about a month behind of where we anticipated we wanted to be. We've got over six million people who have signed up for Medicaid.
OBAMA: We've got three million young people under the age of 26 who have signed up on their parents' plan. And so what we're constantly figuring out is how do we continue to improve it, how do we make sure that the folks who don't have health insurance can get health insurance...
OBAMA: -- and those who are underinsured are able to get better health insurance.
O'REILLY: I'm sure -- I'm sure that the intent is noble, but I'm a taxpayer.
O'REILLY: And I'm paying Kathleen Sebelius' salary and she screwed up.
O'REILLY: And you're not holding her accountable.
OBAMA: Yes, well, I -- I promise you that we hold everybody up and down the line accountable. But when we're...
O'REILLY: But she's still there.
OBAMA: -- when we're in midstream, Bill, we want to make sure that our main focus is how do we make this thing work so that people are able to sign up?
And that's what we've done.
O'REILLY: All right. . . .
"I think Kathleen Sebelius, under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last 4½ years, has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so that there is a good product out there for people to get," Obama said. . . .
Even when Democrats are calling for someone to be fired over the debacle of Obamacare, Obama is defending her.
Mr. Obama hosted a private meeting at the White House for House Democrats. Both sides afterward described the session as productive and friendly. But Rep. Carol Shea-Porter(D., N.H.) told Mr. Obama at one point that some people should have left their jobs over the flawed rollout of the health-care law that is the centerpiece of his domestic legacy.
“Some people should tender their resignations,” Ms. Shea-Porter told the president, officials in the meeting said. An aide to the congresswoman confirmed the comment.
Mr. Obama has resisted firing people over the troubled launch of the health-care website last fall. In an interview with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on Sunday, Mr. Obama was asked why he hadn’t fired Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
“My main priority right now is making sure that it delivers for the American people,” he said of the health-care law.
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