Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"
November 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
9 years ago

Sebelius has nothing but sneers for Republican's "gift"

(CNN) - Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was already having a rough week when she was presented with an unwelcome gift at an event in Memphis on Friday.

After being grilled on Capitol Hill and receiving subpoenas from one congressional committee, Sebelius was wrapping up her week at an outreach event when Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey approached her with a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies," according to Memphis' The Daily News, which captured the moment on camera.

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In the picture posted on The Daily News' website, Sebelius holds the book out with what seems to be an irritated expression.

Kelsey, a Republican, later tweeted, "Just presented Sec Sebelius with 'Websites for Dummies,'" and then, "The book is simply a reminder to Sec. #Sebelius of my message to her that Tennessee does NOT want Medicaid expansion."

The secretary's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sebelius was in Tennessee to promote the Affordable Care Act and explain how her department is working to fix the botched insurance exchange website,

"Clearly we did not do enough end-to-end testing," admitted Sebelius, though she defended the market itself, saying, "The market is ready. We have competitive plans in every market in this country."

"We have brought in a lot of technology experts to help make sure that we have all the eyes and ears on the problems and the puzzle, “Sebelius added.

On Wednesday, Sebelius apologized for the flawed website when she testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. President Obama has thus far resisted calls from congressional Republicans to fire Sebelius.

Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Obamacare • Tennessee
soundoff (157 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    I would too. Very pathetic Rethuglican thugs. They do not want you to have Healthcare–they want you have Guns, shoot in LA airport, they want you to go to war in Iraq. Nasty party of scant respect of pigs in USA. I am totally ashamed to read these things and post. Yes, USA needs Education.

    November 2, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Robert Scavone

    Maybe Sen. Kelsey should have given her a banjo and a copy of the movie "Deliverance "... God bless America

    November 2, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  3. So predictable it's boring

    Another rude disrespectful Republican.

    Once upon a time, they had a little class.

    November 2, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. O'drama Ya Mama

    Really thats just distasteful.

    November 2, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Gunderson

    Um, Well,
    Someday's you can't make a Nickle.

    November 2, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. buongiorno

    oh yes she duly recieved critiqued comments related to the website

    November 2, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. jane boucher

    really a book for dummies, with the biggest bunch of dummies ever getting elected in the congress. PALIN, CRUZ, Limbaugh, and BACKHMANN and the tbaggers calling all the shots that the gop defends AND they call her a dummie. the gops snears at education every time they get a chance, and this gift was not a gift at all, a RUDE THING TO DO. THe snearing was more appropriate.

    November 2, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. James

    no class brian kelsey.

    November 2, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Toltec1

    Very classy and clever of state senetor Kelsey. Peace

    November 2, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Just like Medicaid, those hillbillys will be begging for medicare in the ACA coverage in less than a year. Just wait and see

    November 2, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    This glitch is going to be fixed by google, oracle, red hat. Do not wooy–GOP pigs.

    November 2, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. Rob

    This is just normal for the Obama administration. Everything he touches turns to crap

    November 2, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Anthony in California

    Did she respond with a "How to Govern for Dummies" book?

    November 2, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. Liz the First

    The whole repuglikkklan party needs to read 'Governing for dummies.' the hypocrisy of these people is mind boggling. these are the same clowns who shut down the government to stop Obamacare and now they're soooo concerned that folks can't sign up. really?????

    November 2, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  15. sonkarlay

    When our health care system was set up in Massachusetts it toke a year to even work and another year from there for people to understand it, this law is not been implemented yet and all those uneducated crap saying this is the end of the world unable

    November 2, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  16. Rene

    I don’t blame Secretary Sebelius. I don’t blame President Obama. I certainly don’t blame the insurances companies. I place ALL the blame on lazy and/or protective journalists and the whole class of voters who get their news from the “Daily Show”. Obamacare is a socialist plan of lies and was remarkably embraced without the slightest smidgen of reason or foresight.

    November 2, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Name

    Good one – now get back to kindergarten little boy!

    November 2, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Alan

    What a "twit" this Kelsey must be. His Mom must be so proud of the little twit. State Senator from Tennessee, little guy has really made his mark. Why not try to do something productive like getting the folks in his state that need coverage the help they need instead of, well being a twit.

    November 2, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. jpmichigan

    The biggest joke is on the American People who honestly believed n the rhetoric spewed by our President for over 3 years. Why is it the one person who is to be all knowing about what is going on around him, keeps tells us "I myself just found out". Who is running this country, Obama or is he just a token of the Democratic Party and his advisors via Democrats are in charge. Socialistic Healthcare is on the way in, via ACA. For we have no longer have choices, we are now to do/have what the Federal government deems best for us. Something has to happen and soon for this country and its values are being flushed down the commode!!!

    November 2, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. jpmichigan

    When gifts are given to friends and donors in way of business and money ( website for ACA) why would those who gave the gifts out , be at all surprised!!!!

    November 2, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. ruth

    Where I worked,if I made such a mistake I would have been fired,I guess anyone who works for the federal government gets a raise and promotion.....Americans we are in the wrong business

    November 2, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Yesiree

    Cruel Joke at an inappropriate time. Nice guy.

    November 2, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. joe from az

    Now there is a adult response ,Senator, to a complex issue. America will be forever grateful for your actions.

    November 2, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  24. oharris30

    This guy is an idiot just like all the rest of the GOP. Where did these people come from. How does he know Tennessee doesn't want expanded Medicaid? Because he is not working along with the rest of the lazy GOP people in Tennessee need all the help they can get. They need to get rid of him.

    November 2, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  25. Tom

    Low budge

    November 2, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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