Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was forthcoming in response to an Oklahoma City news reporter's questions about Obamacare on the last day for sign-ups — until he told her how unpopular President Barack Obama's healthcare plan is with people in his own state.
Then she was speechless.
The awkward pause occurred Monday morning during an interview with CBS affiliate KWTV reporter Stan Miller in which Sebelius gave several last-minute details for those who had not met the March 31 open enrollment deadline.
The interview was almost over when Miller told her that "at last check, 64 percent of Oklahomans aren't buying into the health care plan, they don't like Obamacare, and they've been pretty vocal about it. Now that's going to be — still continues to be — a tough sell, but we'll see how that plays out over the coming months."
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He paused while waiting for Sebelius to reply, but none came. And after about seven seconds of dead silence, Miller broke in and said, "All right, Secretary Sebelius, thank you so much for being with us this morning. I think we've probably lost sound here or something."
But the sound wasn't lost.
"I can hear you," Sebelius said to break the silence. "But I — thanks for having me."
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