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October 25th, 2013
05:48 PM ET

Roundtable: The kabuki of calling for Sebelius's resignation

The White House now has a technical plan to fix the healthcare.gov website that they say will have everything running smoothly by the end of next month.

But what's the political fix going to look like? Right now, it will likely not include the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, at least, not if she has anything to say about it.

"The majority of people calling for me to resign I would say are people who I don't work for, and who do not want this program to work in the first place," Sebelius said Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan writes about the possible forced resignation of Sebelius:

"Yes, a firing would be good democratic form, and it would acknowledge the idea of accountability—someone or some persons failed on a historic level and were removed. It would take some heat off the White House—"Look, we're doing something!"—so it's surprising they haven't done it and odd the Republicans are clamoring for it."

"Do we think that if Kathleen Sebelius is forced to resign, that's going to make any difference in how quickly, if at all, this website and structural problems are fixed?" said Jeff Greenfield Emmy award-winning political analyst and author of the new book, "If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History".

"What they want is the political power of blaming somebody," said Greenfield.

"Republicans don't need to make Kathleen Sebelius the enemy. The program is the enemy, inefficient government is the enemy, the website's not even the enemy. That's what they need to be talking about," said co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" S.E. Cupp.

Republicans "want to do anything they can to make political hay out of this, to see if they can't make a dent in Obama before the program actually gets its act together and gets implemented," said columnist for The Washington Post Matt Miller.

For more of our political panel, including a discussion of Greenfield's new Kennedy book, watch the video above.

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