By Jonathan Easley - 03/31/14 01:04 PM EDT
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusFighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare California exchange CEO: Insurers ‘throwing ObamaCare under the bus’ MORE declined to respond to a TV reporter in Oklahoma on Monday, who told her people in his state weren’t signing up for ObamaCare because they don’t like it.
The reporter didn’t ask a question, and Sebelius didn’t respond to the criticism, leading to several moments of dead air during the interview. The reporter assumed Sebelius lost the audio connection.
“I can hear you,” Sebelius said. “But I — thanks for having me."
Top administration officials are blanketing the airwaves Monday in an effort to enroll as many people as possible before the midnight deadline to sign up for ObamaCare. The officials are focusing on regional spots with high levels of uninsured and, in many cases, calling in or filming appearances one after another.
HHS announced earlier this month that nearly 33,000 Oklahomans had enrolled in ObamaCare, far short of the Congressional Budget Office’s original estimate of 116,000 by March 31.
The deep red state has one of the worst ObamaCare enrollment records in the country.