SNL skewers Obamacare Web site, suggests low-res version

Healthcare.gov isn't working too well. So Kathleen Sebelius, in the body of Kate McKinnon, goes on "Saturday Night Live" to offer some technical advice. Restarting your computer, for example.

Low-res, but beautiful all the same. NBC Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

You might have been taken ill recently trying to get the government's health care Web site to work.

Healthcare.gov appears to have been created by a drunken cabal of Borat, his favorite three Kazakhs, and your uncle Bob who knows everything there is to know about cars.

It was inevitable that those with a healthy sense of self-worth at "Saturday Night Live" might offer their own view of the situation.

As it turned out, they decided to offer technical help.

Kate McKinnon, portraying Secretary of Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, offered some useful tips on how to encourage the site to work.

First she suggested that it's always an idea to restart your computer.

"Sometimes it helps to turn your computer off and then turn it back on. We don't know why. It just does," she said.

I have had several IT wizards give me the same advice over the years.

Thankfully, though, Sebelius offered more options. The low-res site, with simpler graphics, will surely prove popular. As will trying to log on in a foreign language.

Then there was the idea that you should go to Kayak, book a flight to Canada and get cheaper prescription drugs.

The secretary of Health said the site would also link to BitTorrent, "where you can download pirated copies of healthcare related movies such as 'Patch Adams.'"

The government will also be linking you to porn sites like WebMDD's. (You don't know it?)

All seriousness aside, choosing to launch a site that was not even half-baked, but merely rolled dough was a curious decision.

It's all supposed to be working by Thanksgiving.

I can already see families huddled around their computers, a turkey leg in one hand, the other having fingers crossed that the site will actually work.

 

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