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Secretary Sebelius speaks in Memphis about healthcare website

The secretary who spent part of her week getting grilled by Congress on the health care controversy ended her week with a stop in Memphis. The secretary who spent part of her week getting grilled by Congress on the health care controversy ended her week with a stop in Memphis.

(WMC-TV) - The secretary who spent part of her week getting grilled by Congress on the health care controversy ended her week with a stop in Memphis.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius received a warm welcome from a standing room only crowd.

Before her public remarks at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Sebelius met with local leaders to help hone her message about the Affordable Care Act. Her message to Memphians: Don't give up on enrollment.

"The system was incredibly flawed," she said before speaking candidly about the plagued website. "And I take full responsibility for launching a program when the site wasn't ready. The market is ready. We have competitive plans in every market in this country."

As you can imagine, there were critics in the crowd.

"How we gonna trust what they're saying about this whole program if we can't trust them to manage our money correctly?" asked health care worker Hollis Meeks.

But the majority of people in attendance were encouraged by Sebelius' visit.

"This just shows the support that we're receiving from Washington D.C.," said Connie McCarter, R.N., Tennessee Nurses Association.

Other people, like Bertha Williams, are grateful for the opportunity to have health insurance. Williams' 2-year-old grand daughter has already had two open heart surgeries.

"To know that now she can be covered with the Affordable Care Act is really peace of mind for me," said Williams.

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