Bill Daley became the latest former adviser to President Obama to offer a tough critique of the administration's rollout of the online health care exchange, calling it a "big embarrassment."
"The president has looked forward to the rollout of Obamacare, and it hasn't gone as well obviously as he expected or demanded. So it's a big embarrassment," the former White House chief of staff said on CBS This Morning on Thursday.
Daley, who was introduced as new contributor to CBS, also dismissed suggestions that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should be fired because of the balky rollout of the website, but he didn't exactly offer her a strong endorsement.
"Some people are calling for her to be fired," Daley said. "To me, that's kind of like firing Captain Smith on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg — it's not going to do much right now."
Daley's comments come as contractors who built the troubled health care website were testifying Thursday about problems with the HealthCare.gov site.
Earlier this week, former White House senior adviser David Axelrod told MSNBC that the White House needs to be more forthcoming with the public about the problems with the online exchange.
"This has been shrouded in a little bit of mystery," Axelrod said."I don't quite understand why that is; I think it's better to be straightforward about it."
Earlier this month, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that heads should roll over the glitch-riddled rollout the exchanges. Gibbs, who served in Obama's first administration and is now an MSNBC contributor, also called the problems with the federal government's online exchange "excruciatingly embarrassing."
"I hope they are working day and night to get this done," Gibbs said on MSNBC. "When they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure that this thing was supposed to work."