State Senator Brian Kelsey appeared on Fox’s America Now this afternoon. He equipped himself well when questioned why he chose to give HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius a copy of the book “Websites for Dummies.” The picture that was snapped has since made its way across the web and on TV.
Bill Hammer noted Kelsey had made a lot of news in Memphis. “Why did you do it?” he asked.
“Well, I just wanted to share this message with the secretary that in fact she’s done a poor job of designing this website that I don’t want her designing our Medicaid expansion in Tennessee as well,” Kelsey said.
Hemmer co host Allyson Camerata then asked, “And what was the secretary’s response?”
“She didn’t respond immediately as she was confused, but once she figured out what it was she tried to get rid of it and it was caught on camera at that point,” Kelsey said.
“How long did she have it?” Hemmer asked.
“Probably just a few seconds. I actually didn’t think that anyone in the room had noticed at all, but my point was to get that message through to her as quickly as possible – that’s she’s done a poor job at designing the website, a very poor job.”
Camerata wondered if that book might actually have helped somebody at that website.
Kelsey responded, “I would hope that for $174 million that somebody had a clue what was written in this book. Obviously this has just been an utter failure. Even today, I’m sure you saw in the Wall St. Journal, it showed that young people are not buying health insurance. They’re not going to call a phone number and get on there. They want to see an internet site. They want to see it on a screen what they’re purchasing.
“At the end of the day, look, this was a joke, it was given in a lighthearted manner and if you can’t take a joke, then you need to get out of the business of public service that we are both in. But, the underlining message is a very serious one and has got to be corrected,” Kelsey said.