'Saturday Night Live' Mocks Obamacare Website

Kate McKinnon plays HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who advises people to buy airplane tickets to Canada, where they can get cheaper healthcare.

Ouch! Saturday Night Live took on Obamacare in its cold open, with Kate McKinnon impersonating Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

"Sebelius" addressed the uproar about HealthCare.gov's rocky launch. She noted millions of Americans had flocked to the site hoping to sign up for Obamacare, but "unfortunately the site was only designed to handle six users at a time."

She offered a few workarounds, noting the website had links to other useful places, such as Kayak.com, where "you can purchase air tickets to Canada to buy cheaper drugs," and BitTorrent, where one can find healthcare-related movies such as Patch Adams.

And, if people still had complaints, Sebelius suggested they send a postcard to the government, promising they would receive a response in six-to-eight weeks. She then pulled out some of the items the government would send: a grab bag of 1990's software including a trial version of the 1995 Encarta Encyclopedia and a CD-Rom for 1,000 hours of AOL.

Sebelius also warned HealthCare.gov users not to do a certain thing under any circumstances or they would die, however, the screen froze as she attempted to share the crucial information...

Slightly painful -- yes -- but it was pretty funny.

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