Thursday, October 31, 2013

Kathleen Sebelius - Don't Do This To Me

I stumbled on this interesting exchange between Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Reps. Henry Waxman (D-California) and William Long (R-Missouri) near the end of her testimony at the House Energy and Commerce Committee on October 30, 2013 about the failures of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act:

While Ms. Sebelius was being asked for a yes or no answer by Rep. Billy Long (R-Missouri) to whether or not she would give up her government health coverage for coverage that was available on the exchange and Rep. Waxman stepped in once Rep. Long's time expired, to find out whether or not she would be able to find a plan on the exchange that would protect her from "cheap shots",  she comments to the unidentified person beside her "Don't do this to me", a phrase that was clearly picked up by her microphone.

It would be interesting to know what her comment was directed toward.  In case you wondered, here is her testimony, defending the Affordable Care Act and here is the entire 3 hour and 34 minute hearing:

The first excerpt is found at 3 hours 25 minutes so you can put Ms. Sebelius' comment into context.  It takes place after a heated questioning from Rep. Long.  To me, it quite clearly looks like the Secretary is quite uncomfortable with the line of Rep. Long's questioning.

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