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Sebelius hearing kept detouring to Oz

  • WE Blog
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.

Kansas just can't shake the "Wizard of Oz" connection, which several members of Congress made during Wednesday's House testimony by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "Madame Secretary, while you're from Kansas, we're not in Kansas anymore. Some might say that we are actually in the Wizard of Oz land, given the parallel universes we appear to be habitating," said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. After a couple of other strained allusions, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, suggested those not from Kansas shouldn't do Oz allegories. But "those folks worked awfully hard to go down the yellow brick road," Pompeo said. "At the end of the day when they got there and pulled back the curtain, they found there was nothing that they didn't already have. And as we pull back the curtain on the Affordable Care Act, I think people are finding that it's not exactly what they're going to have worked so hard to find their way to as well." Responding to Twitter grumbling from Kansans about the "Oz" mentions, NBC News associate producer Ali Weinberg tweeted: "Listen, Kansas – if NJ has to tolerate 'oh, JOISEY' all the time, you guys have to tolerate Wizard of Oz references from out-of-staters."

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