Obamacare target of ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch; Sebelius skewered

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WASHINGTON, DC — It appears Republican Sen. John Barrasso is a loyal viewer of “Saturday Night Live.”

The Wyoming Republican referred to the NBC comedy staple as he called Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the “laughingstock of America” on Sunday morning, a day after the show parodied the glitch-fraught launch of the online federal health care exchange.

The opening sketch on “SNL,” featuring Kate McKinnon impersonating Sebelius, mocked the rough rollout of HealthCare.gov by poking fun at the secretary’s repeated pleas to remain calm despite the website’s error-plagued debut.

“Tonight, I have a number of friendly tips to help you deal with those technical problems,” the Sebelius simulacrum said. “For example, have you tried restarting your computer?”

All jokes aside, Barrasso insisted on ABC’s “This Week” that the skit — and Sebelius’ response to the website fiasco — have compromised her leadership.

“She’s lost considerable credibility,” Barrasso said.

By Jason Seher

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