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SNL mocks HealthCare.gov's technical issues in opening sketch

NBC's "Saturday Night Live" mocked the spate of ObamaCare’s website issues in its opening skit over the weekend. 

Actress Kate McKinnon impersonated Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a sketch in which she addressed the American people. 

“Now a lot of folks have been talking about our new healthcare enrollment website ... how it’s been crashing and freezing and shutting down, and stalling, and not working, and breaking and sucking,” she said. 

The site was only designed to handle six users, she explained, and suggested tips to help website users deal with the issues. 

“Consult HealthCare.gov’s frequently asked questions for topics like 'What the hell?' 'How have I been on the same page for three hours?' 'Does ObamaCare cover mental health issues by using this website?' And our most frequently-asked question, 'Who the government?' "

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If you’re in a rush, she added, use the low-res site. A computer screen appeared with big block letters: U WANT DOCTR, and an option to select YES or NO. 

“And if our site keeps freezing, we’ve also provided links to other helpful websites such as kayak.com where you can purchase airline tickets to Canada and buy cheaper prescription drugs.” 

The skit ended with a freeze icon hovering over the actress’s face. 

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) referred to the SNL skit on Sunday morning in an appearance on ABC's “This Week.” 

"She's lost considerable credibility," Barrasso said of Sebelius. "She's the laughingstock of America." 

The real Sebelius will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday about HealthCare.gov.