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                     Yet another Obama Administration Scandal

                             HHS and Kathleene Sebelius

 

The US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleene Sebelius has been coming under greater scrutiny because of her possible violations of the appropriations and ethics rules. She reportedly has and continues to raise money for a group called Enroll America by aggressively pressuring companies in the health care industry. Enroll America is a non-profit organization that is staffed by past members of the Obama White House and presidential campaign organizers. Enroll America has set its goals to be the main promoter of Obama Care and has announced that it will run a “Campaign like” promotion including mass media ads. Some early donors to announce financial support have been the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (that is a leading left wing funder) pledging $10,000,000 and income tax company H&R Block for $500,000.

House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and some members of the Committee sent letters to many of the leading health insurers requesting all communications regarding fundraising requests received from Kathleene Sebelius. Members of the Senate led by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter to HHS Inspector General asking him to launch an official probe into this matter stating that “These activities call into question whether appropriations and ethics laws are being followed”. An HHS spokesman stated that the practice was legal under the Public Health Services Act arguing that under the PHSA the Secretary is allowed to seek funding for non-profit organizations operating in the health care industry. This was countered by the Senators stating that under the Antideficiency Act the agency is barred from receiving money in excess of that provided by the budget. Ethic rules also prohibit fundraising requests from any individual, company or organization that might be regulated by a specific agency. Obviously being asked for a donation by someone who runs the agency that controls your business is something that most companies would buckle under and send a donation just to fend off any retaliations. It’s another example of government wrongdoing that seems systemic in the Obama Administration that thinks it’s above the law. Time will tell how this latest Obama Administration scandal will play out, if the Congress does its job and follows through with its investigation Sebelius may follow Holder in resigning. The totality of the corruption and the arrogance shown by Obama and his subordinates is shocking to say the least. Obama Care is proving its critics right in that it will destroy the individual American the health care they have been used to in the past. It is designed to force dependency on the government for a person’s health care needs and it will be the government bureaucrats who decide what care a citizen is entitled to. With the recent targeting of conservatives and Christians by the IRS it doesn’t bode well for these groups to need medical help in the future. Hopefully Congress has learned its lesson and will actually read a bill before they sign it instead of signing something unread only to find out later how destructive it is. As it stands we are at four scandals and counting. IRS Targeting, DOJ trampling on the 1st Amendment and of course the tragedy that was allowed to happen in Benghazi and now the HHS debacle. With Gun Control, Energy and the War on Terror in the wings it should only be a matter of days until the next scandal rears its ugly head again and the Obama Administration will surely be right in the middle of it.

 

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