Sebelius Gets A Gift She Probably Doesn't Want

By: CBS, Posted by Chris Fisher
By: CBS, Posted by Chris Fisher

CBS News -- There's nothing like rubbing it in.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was greeted with an unwelcome gift Friday during an event in Memphis, Tenn., to promote the Affordable Care Act. In a not-so-subtle dig at the problems plaguing HealthCare.gov, state Sen. Brian Kelsey handed the secretary a copy of the book "Web Sites for Dummies."

In a photo snapped by The Memphis Daily News, Sebelius looked distinctly unamused as she held the how-to book for a moment before passing it to an aide.

Kelsey, a Republican from Germantown, Tenn., said he thought the book would speak louder than anything else he could say about his opposition to the proposed expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee.

"I only had two seconds to convey that message to her, so I thought the book would be a creative way to ensure she remembered the message," Kelsey told the Daily News.

He said Sebelius didn't respond when he gave her the book. He later retweeted the Daily News photo.

The story was picked up by media outlets such as The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.com. Kelsey was delighted when the photo began circulating on the web

"The American people are tired of the federal government spending trillions of our grandchildren's dollars on programs that don't work, " he told The Memphis Daily News.

The Obamacare website has been fraught with difficulties ever since its launch. The site went down Monday for an hour and a half for unknown reasons.

Testifying before a congressional hearing last week, Sebelius apologized for the problems and took responsibility for them, but defended the health-care overhaul.


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