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Federal Tech Expert Steps Down Following Problems With Affordable Care Act

Sara Newman |
November 6, 2013 | 6:28 p.m. PST

Executive Producer


The government is still trying to figure out what to do in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act launch (Nancy Pelosi, Creative Commons)
The government is still trying to figure out what to do in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act launch (Nancy Pelosi, Creative Commons)
After the defective launch of the Affordable Care Act, rumors have been swirling around about who will loose their jobs due to the mishaps.  

On Wednesday, Tony Trenkle announced that after eight years of leading his department, he will be stepping down from his position as the Chief Information Officer for the Centers for the Medicaid and Medicare Services.

As the CIO and Director of the Office of Information Services, he is just one of the many people being held accountable for the website’s irksome launch. Despite the suggestive circumstances, officials refuse to say whether or not Trenkle had been asked to step down. 

According to CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille, "Tony made a decision that he was going to go to the private sector, and that is what our COO announced yesterday.”

After eight years of leading the department, Trenkle plans escape from the Obamacare backlash by seeking non-governmental employment.  

Meanwhile, other members of the Affordable Care Act team remain under fire—specifically Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“You said Americans should hold you accountable, which is why today, madam secretary, I repeat my call for you to resign,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, (R) Kansas. 

Yet, Sebelius remains adamant that her team of tech team who has been working around the clock to work out the kinks in the website will be able to improve the site without having to fully shutdown the sight. 

On Wednesday she acknowledged that “there is no excuse for what has been a miserable five weeks.” 

The upside of the tumultuous Obamacare roll out is that in the coming weeks, either by force or cooperation, things can only stand to improve. 

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