Sebelius Receives Warm Welcome During Trip To Memphis

Sebelius Receives Warm Welcome During Trip To Memphis

After getting grilled by Congress in Washington, Kathleen Sebelius enjoyed a warm welcome during a stop in Memphis on Friday.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)-- After getting grilled by Congress in Washington, Kathleen Sebelius enjoyed a warm welcome during a stop in Memphis on Friday.

The Health & Human Services Secretary was in the Bluff City Friday afternoon to encourage people to sign up for health insurance. 

While in town, Sebelius accepted responsibility for the problems with healthcare.gov. 

"In hindsight, that balance may have been a little bit different, and I take full responsibility for launching a program when the site wasn't ready," Sebelius said. "Clearly we didn't do enough end to end testing, we were eager to delay any longer, this incredible journey that a lot of people have waited their lives for." 

Bertha Williams joined the standing-room only crowd at the Benjamin Hooks Library on Friday afternoon to hear from Sebelius.

"I would be able to afford insurance that I could not afford before," said Williams.

Williams says her 2-year-old granddaughter recently underwent her second open-heart surgery. She preached patience when it comes to the healthcare website. 

"There will be some problems, but i"m just praying that they will all work together to see it happen," she said.

"I'm confused, mostly confused," said Quinton Minor.

Minor, who is uninsured, says he doesn't like the government telling him what to do.

"I feel like it is my choice as an American, to choose if I want to be healthy or not, but the fact that they are making me, that's always a problem for me," he said. "Like you are twisting my arm  like we are going to make you get healthcare, that's the only thing that scares me though."

Organizers of Friday's event say the point was to provide a forum for people to get their questions answered about the Affordable Healthcare Act. 

There are two more town hall meetings planned for this week.

The first will be Tuesday, November 12th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Avenue. The second will be on Thursday, November 14th from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Golden Gate Cathedral at 3240 James Road.
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