Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to appear on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart late Monday, an appearance that is sure to grab some serious attention even if the show is typically steeped in satire.
That’s because Mrs. Sebelius is facing the biggest challenge of her tenure in the Obama administration — rolling out online portals tied to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
The debut has been rocky since Tuesday, when customers were supposed to be able to enroll in coverage on a federal website, HealthCare.gov, and various state-run markets.
The White House says long wait times on the websites are due to heavy traffic and interest, although some experts say the websites’ might be hindered by coding flaws and software problems.
Mrs. Sebelius, who served as governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009, likely will face some tough questions from funny man Stewart.
Already, comedians on “Saturday Night Live” have lampooned the Obama administration for getting “caught off guard” by the rush of people interested in their own signature law.
If social media is any guide, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist will be tuning in tonight:
“TONIGHT:The Daily Show’s John Stewart interviews HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on “howObamacare sign-up is going” Hillarity [sic] ensues,” he tweeted Monday.