Sebelius hitting up health executives for help financing ObamaCare

posted at 5:21 pm on May 10, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Before the election last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got into a bit of a jam when she violated federal law by ‘accidentally’ endorsing President Obama’s reelection at an appearance in her official HHS capacity — and it sounds like she’s once again wading dangerously close to even more questionable territory, this time on behalf of their struggling ObamaCare-implementation efforts. WaPo reports:

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone hat in hand to health industry executives, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law.

Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress has repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving Health and Human Services to implement the president’s signature legislative accomplishment on a shoestring budget.

Sebelius has, over the past three months, made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and directly asked that they contribute to non-profits that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law, according to a Health and Human Services official familiar with the Secretary’s outreach who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But, uhm… can she even do that?

Sebelius must walk a tightrope in asking for money. Federal regulations do not allow department officials to fundraise in their professional capacity. They do, however, allow cabinet members to solicit donations as private citizens “if you do not solicit funds from a subordinate or from someone who has or seeks business with the Department, and you do not use your official title,” according to Justice department regulations.

“It sounds like the people she’s going to are people that are being regulated by her agency, I think that is definitely problematic,” said Meredith McGehee, policy director for the Campaign Legal Center. “That’s not a statement about the value of the law, but it’s a statement about using the power of government to compel giving or insinuate that giving is going to be looked at favorably by the government.”

The sourced HHS official “described her work as well within the bounds of her authority,” but possibly extorting money from the very same people who have a very definite and vested interest in how the health care law is rolled out/who gets to roll it out? Excuse me, but does that not sound like a perfect setup for some cronyishly/government-pressured shady scenarios?

This all comes down to the fact that ObamaCare is in some serious trouble, hence why President Obama is starting a brand-new charm offensive for ObamaCare to help assuage some of the Democrats’ nervousness about the laws effects on the 2014 midterms. The president delivered a Mother’s Day-centric speech on its merits from the White House on Friday, assuring us that the law is going to take time, there are going to be kinks, “you’re benefiting from it, you just may not know it yet,” the usual.

He made his remarks at the White House alongside women and families who say they’re already benefiting from the measure, which has become known as Obamacare. The event was pegged to Mother’s Day.

“Because of this law there are millions of other Americans – moms and dads and daughters and sons – who no longer have to hang their fortunes on chance. Because we are not going to inflict that hardship on the American people again,” Obama said. “The United States of America does not sentence its people to suffering just because they don’t make enough to buy insurance on the private market, just because their work doesn’t provide health insurance, just because they fall sick or suffer an accident.”

The law, he said, particularly benefits women, including its provisions providing better access to mammograms and birth control, as well as new measures allowing children to remain on their parents’ health insurance up to age 26.

And then, just for good measure, there’s this. I can’t even talk about this.


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That’s sort of like the Chinese making families of the executed pay for the bullets used by their firing squad, isn’t it?

Socratease on May 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare

And pregnancy isn’t a disease, and a baby isn’t a tumor.

Ward Cleaver on May 10, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Benghazi, IRS snooping and now is? Friday news dump has a new meaning.

jawkneemusic on May 10, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Healthcare providers: “Pound sand.”

Ward Cleaver on May 10, 2013 at 5:28 PM

That’s a fine health care business ya got there….

‘Shame if somethin’ happened to it…..

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Why don’t you go ask your old friend and campaign donor: George Tiller?

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

(yes, I’m telling her to go to hell)

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and directly asked that they contribute to non-profits that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law,

She’s got some stones, eh?

BobMbx on May 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

The Queen of Death.

22044 on May 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Are you effing kidding me?!?!?

I work in healthcare and we are already strapped because insurance companies, such as BCBS, want double digit cuts to reimbursements. How is that helpful to patient health? Medicaid and Medicare are crippling us.

We’re already not replacing needed staff, cutting our budgets 10% (and, no, we do NOT have automatic increases like the feds do, so these are real cuts), and expected to provide the same services. If health care executives take money away from their already thin bottom lines, your healthcare costs and premiums will go up even more.

All according to plan….

*spit*

ladyingray on May 10, 2013 at 5:34 PM

“if you do not solicit funds from a subordinate or from someone who has or seeks business with the Department, and you do not use your official title,” according to Justice department regulations.

Thank heavens for Minister of Justice Eric Holder, who will personally make sure all is in order.

Left Coast Right Mind on May 10, 2013 at 5:36 PM

And then, just for good measure, there’s this. I can’t even talk about this.

Kathleen Sebelius ✔ @Sebelius

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare
3:10 PM – 10 May 2013

Ummm … free sex-reassignment surgery under ObamaCare?

/scratches head, checks own gender and wonders if it’s persistent, or, sometimes exists, sometimes not.

Paul-Cincy on May 10, 2013 at 5:37 PM

When you have a confirmed epic disaster on your hands, only if you are a Democrat, do you stay the course….*facepalm*

hillsoftx on May 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Could she just sit on a street corner with a tin cup and sing Daisy..?

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Sebelius must walk a tightrope in asking for money. Federal regulations do not allow department officials to fundraise in their professional capacity.

Since when did sleazy Eric “Mark Rich Pardon” Holder ever let something as unimportant as federal regulations get in the way of the DNC quid pro quo gravy train?

viking01 on May 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The Queen of Death.

22044 on May 10, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Could she just sit on a street corner with a tin cup and sing Daisy..?

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 5:39 PM

OK, she’s HAL, the Queen of Death. Fixed.

22044 on May 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare

Does than mean Kathleen Sebelius used to be a man?

Steve Z on May 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare

— Kathleen Sebelius (@Sebelius) May 10, 2013

What about those little baby girls in the womb?

From Kansans For Life:

As Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius:

VETOED in 2003 abortion clinic licensing, which would have raised the standards for safety for women and sanitation to at least match those of veterinary clinics in Kansas.

LINE-ITEM VETOED in 2004 a budget provision for matching grants to crisis pregnancy/adoption referral centers. NOTE: Sebelius signed it the next year to soften public outrage The pregnancy maintenance funds were restored by state legislators, but have been removed from the 2010 budget by Sebelius.

VETOED in 2005 abortion clinic licensing (same bill as 2003) despite a February 2005 death at Tiller’s and a rodent-infested clinic that kept fetal parts and open drugs in the staff refrigerator.

VETOED in 2006 a bill adding one question to the mandatory state abortion report to indicate whether abortion of a viable baby was being performed for a physical or mental health reason.

LINE-ITEM VETOED in 2007 a budget restriction to state health department (KDHE) unless viable abortion reporting included legitimate medical diagnoses.

VETOED in 2008 the Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act which took steps to prevent coerced abortions, gave injunctive relief for suspected illegal late term abortions and granted women the right to see an ultrasound if one was performed by the abortion facility.

REMOVED in 2009 pregnancy maintenance funds from the proposed 2010 budget.

INC on May 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

And then, just for good measure, there’s this. I can’t even talk about this.

Kathleen Sebelius ✔ @Sebelius

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare
3:10 PM – 10 May 2013

Honestly it reminds me of some Democratic idiot on one of the Sunday talk shows a couple of weeks ago (watched by millions) who said we need immigration reform “so Americans can come out of the shadows” and participate in society.

I’m wondering, do these people listen to what they say? Being a woman, not a pre-existing condition? What were they before they were women? Calling illegal immigrants “Americans”? If they were Americans, they wouldn’t be illegal immigrants!

Paul-Cincy on May 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

It’s like I went to bed last night in America and woke up in Nigeria.

Mark1971 on May 10, 2013 at 5:42 PM

These people know no shame.

Philly on May 10, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone hat in hand to health industry executives, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law.

A lot of those “health industry executives” might wonder what’s in it for them. When they find out, they just might send Secretary Sebelius back with an empty hat.

Steve Z on May 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM

She wants donations before she puts them out of business…largest donors will be last to go.

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 5:45 PM

22044 on May 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

LOL

d1carter on May 10, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Nonprofits…

Like Acorn, Organizing for America and Media Matters…

I wonder how this would be taken if the headline read -

“Karl Rove asks organizations to help the NRA implement gun education in schools… Or the bit scouts to help implement after school programs…”

This BS banana republic stuff has to stop NOW.

Skywise on May 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

INC on May 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Good list. Add on that the doctor with a filthy clinic and accused of cannibalism of fetal remains was given a $1000 fine and no followup inspections.

cptacek on May 10, 2013 at 5:48 PM

FOAD, hag.

Resist We Much on May 10, 2013 at 5:50 PM

What’s the waiver total today?

kunegetikos on May 10, 2013 at 5:51 PM

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare

— Kathleen Sebelius (@Sebelius) May 10, 2013

But God help you if you are an unborn female. In Obama’s and Sibelius’ book that makes you a sitting duck.

natasha333 on May 10, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Since when has Her Highness of Health Care or Barry been concerned about “the law”?

GarandFan on May 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

USSR – United States Socialist Republic
Comrades – your healthcare will soon be here.
Line up on the red line.

redguy on May 10, 2013 at 5:54 PM

So congress critters can indulge in insider trading and secretaries in the executing branch can extort money with threats of punishment for not paying?

Why do we even bother with having laws?

gekkobear on May 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Democrat Party message to WOMEN…….in the womb…..YOU’RE DEAD.

And we’ll give more money every year for Planned Parenthood to kill you!!!

Suggested 2016 Democrat Party slogan…….DEATH!!!!

…for the unborn women , for Seniors on the Medicare we’re going to collapse, and to the US Economy.

PappyD61 on May 10, 2013 at 6:08 PM

So, did the providers kick in more money or not?

PattyJ on May 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Maybe she could hit up Soros for some cash!

I’m sure he could fund all of Obamacare for… a month or two…

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

President Obama: Being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition. #ThanksObamacare

Being dumber than a bag of hammers apparently is. And you can’t fix stupid.

CurtZHP on May 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

One aspect of the President’s latest “charm offensive” with which I totally agree:

His charm is certainly offensive.

IndieDogg on May 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM

OK, let’s see here…

Roughly a million legal abortions a year in the US right now — 50 million since Roe v. Wade. (WOW!!! Go USA!!!)

Something like 350,000 are performed by/through Planned Parenthood each year, which receives about half of its funding from good ol’ Uncle Sam. (Those of you who think you don’t literally pay for abortions of unwanted children, please pay attention.)

According to a Guttmacher Institute study from 2004, abortions due to rape and/or incest amount to less than 1.5% of all abortions. Abortions due to health concerns (baby’s or mother’s health) counted for 12%. All the rest were done as a matter of convenience. That is to say that 6 out of 7 babies aborted are killed to spare their mothers and/or fathers the inconvenience of their existence.

Apparently, being a human baby is not enough to get coverage under Obamacare. But being a woman who wants to get rid of a human baby is enough.

We should, each and every one of us, be deeply ashamed.

Humphrey on May 10, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Ava Peron version 2.0

Axion on May 10, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I thought self-buggery was impossible.

cornbred on May 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Obama is starting a brand-new charm offensive for ObamaCare

Methinks he’s going to need some improvement on the charm part of that. He’s got the other part down cold, though.

LooseCannon on May 10, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Maybe she could hit up Soros for some cash!

I’m sure he could fund all of Obamacare for… a month or two…

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

The slovenly Warren Buffett is piling up scads of filthy lucre because the REB is blocking Keystone. He should be good for a few mil.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

The slovenly Warren Buffett is piling up scads of filthy lucre because the REB is blocking Keystone. He should be good for a few mil.

slickwillie2001 on May 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Mickey Bloomberg! That’s the ticket! He is all about ‘health regulation’!

ajacksonian on May 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Succubus DIE!

dirtengineer on May 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM