The Washington Times - October 30, 2013, 10:01AM

A Texas congressman told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday that “we’re not in Kansas anymore,” a quotation from “The Wizard of Oz” and an apparent dig at the secretary’s background as former governor of the Midwestern state.

The reference from Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican, was met with quizzical and critical comments on social media, but it is likely to be a memorable moment from the much-anticipated Energy and Commerce Committee hearing about the glitches and other problems facing the rollout of markets tied to Obamacare.


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Mr. Barton also highlighted a notice buried within the federal website, HealthCare.gov, that suggests users have no right to privacy. His inquiry bore fruit, when Mrs. Sebelius said the message would be removed.

Mrs. Sebelius is trying to tamp down fears that thousands of Americans will be kicked off their health plans because the Affordable Care Act demands new standards for coverage. They are supposed to be offered an alternative policy, but the website that lets them explore their options has been plagued by problems.

Besides the “Oz” reference, the hearing produced several instant sound bites less than an hour into the grilling.

Mrs. Sebelius said she should be held responsible for the “debacle,” and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, told the secretary that some people like to drive a Ford instead of a Ferrari or drink out of “red Solo cups” instead of crystal — an analogy to describe the bare-bones plans that no longer are available to Americans.