House to Grill Sebelius on Lack of Meetings with Obama
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is scheduled to testify before Congress next Wednesday and will likely be grilled about a shocking Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with her since Obamacare passed over three years ago.
On Friday, the White House and the Health and Human Services Department said Obama and Sebelius meet "regularly," but the only firm date that was given was an alleged meeting between Obama and Sebelius on Thursday, a day after the GAI report was released.
Sebelius is scheduled to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, and she will have to answer questions about the Government Accountability Institute report that discovered no record of any one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius since Obamacare was signed on March 23, 2010.
As Breitbart News has reported, GAI found that Obama met with "various Cabinet secretaries a total of 277 times" since Obamacare passed, but his presidential schedule did not "document a single one-on-one meeting" with Sebelius. There was, though, "one instance of Secretary Sebelius meeting jointly with the President and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Friday alleged that "cabinet secretaries don't regularly get entered into the visitors logs" and implied Obama and Sebelius had frequent meetings that were not logged.
As Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer noted on Fox News's Hannity on Wednesday, though, GAI examined the White House visitor logs and found that Sebelius had been logged in when she went to the White House for various social functions with "dozens or hundreds of people." Schweizer noted on Hannity that if Obama met with Sebelius and left the meetings off the books, Sebelius would be the only cabinet secretary whose meetings with the White House were concealed.
Given the public records and statements to date, Sebelius will have to disclose whether she met "frequently" with Obama and informed him of all of the problems associated with the Obamacare rollout and the HealthCare.Gov website during their regular meetings. If Sebelius does not reveal the specific dates on which she and Obama had their frequent meetings, her potential testimony many undermine the White House's and HHS's responses to the GAI report.
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA), who chairs the subcommittee, said in a statement that the Obama administration "cannot begin to restore trust until it begins to be fully transparent with the American people."
"We expect Secretary Sebelius to come prepared with answers next week," he said.