It’s been a tough several weeks for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. With healthcare.gov website problems, people losing their health insurance coverage, and others finding out that their premiums will go up, the Obama Administration, and Sec. Sebelius in particular, can’t catch a break.
After being grilled by a congressional committee over the problems with healthcare.gov, Sec. Sebelius visited Memphis, where she was met by (mostly) supporters. She was invited to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to encourage participation in Obamacare and attend an enrollment event. But one local politician was on hand for some “humor.” Tennessee State Sen. Brian Kelsey (R) gifted Secretary Sebelius with a book — Web Sites for Dummies.
He later clarified his intentions with this tweet:
Sebelius had supporters at the event, however. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) told the press who were waiting for the secretary’s arrival:
“Change is hard” but, “Get over it. Barack Obama is president, and the Affordable Care Act is the law.” (Memphis Daily News)
Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. thanked the secretary for “the valiant fight you’re leading” and said:
This is Nov. 1, just one month into a six-month enrollment process. This is not a doomsday scenario. We’re just beginning. I don’t think for those who have waited a lifetime for this that we should take 30 days and pass judgment. (Memphis Daily News)
At least two of Kelsey’s constituents aren’t delighted with him.
Perhaps Sen. Kelsey needs to be focused more on his own back yard and the people there who are struggling without healthcare.