December 11, 2013 3:54 pm -

When Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman John Shimkus of IL couldn’t keep his composure.

…Sebelius underwent intense, interruption-filled questioning by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Il) over a wide range of health care reform-related issues. At one point, Shimkus tried to pressure Sebelius into agreeing that preventive services raise premiums, and when she would not, a frustrated Shimkus sputtered “It’s like talking to,” then paused before adding “the Republic of Korea, or something.”

The Republic of Korea is, of course, a key U.S. ally. North Korea, which calls itself the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, is not. Shimkus was either saying that talking to Secretary Sebelius is like talking to a close longtime ally, or he got his Koreas mixed up.

Shimkus’ outburst caused him to be admonished by the committee chair, and a brief shouting match occurred, until Shimkus was instructed, “The gentleman will suspend. The gentleman will suspend. Give the secretary time to answer.”