Kathleen Sebelius gets embarrassing gift at Memphis event
November 2, 2013 by Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Memphis, Tenn., for an education and outreach session about the health care marketplace, when a state senator presented her with a gift she didn’t appear to be happy to receive.
Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey gave Sebelius a copy of “Web Sites for Dummies” – much to her chagrin – with local newspaper The Daily
News snapping a shot of it:
Sebelius blames misinformation as the reason people are unhappy about Obamacare with this explanation, according to the Sun Herald:
“There is no question there is still an extraordinary amount of misinformation. If 55 percent of the people understand a little more about how it affects them and their families, that means that 45 percent of the people still don’t have any idea, and may have believed that there is anything from death panels for Medicare constituents or something will happen to their health benefits or any number of things that continue to be said over and over again.”
Sebelius’ visit was criticized by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who has introduced legislation requiring the administration to provide weekly health care exchange reports.
“The secretary is always welcome in Tennessee, but her time would be better spent in Washington fixing the Obamacare website so that millions of Americans won’t find themselves without health insurance starting January 1st,” Alexander said in a news release given to the Herald on Thursday.