GOP Probes Sebelius Fundraising Push
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have gotten caught with her hand in the cookie jar, the Hill reports. She has been asking healthcare executives and community groups to support Enroll America, which is a non-profit group that is designed to promote ObamaCare by catalyzing people to enroll in new coverage options.
House GOP leaders wrote Sebelius requesting a list of groups she has contacted and another list of which HHS officials were taking part in the drive to raise funds for Enroll America.
The actions of Sebelius may flout federal law, which states that government employees are not allowed to raise money from entities they oversee.
The Hill reports that Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee, saying that there was a "clear appearance of a conflict of interest," added, "As the Secretary of HHS, ObamaCare gives you unprecedented power to regulate a significant share of the U.S. economy, from health plans to hospitals.”
Republicans on the Energy and Commerce Committee echoed the message, according to the Hill: "Currently, health insurers are seeking HHS approval to qualify for the health exchanges established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so that they may attempt to sell their services to the public when enrollment begins in a few months. Your agency also has the power to review the insurance rates that providers wish to charge."
The Energy and Commerce Committee asked for more information and wanted to know about any further efforts with which it was unfamiliar.