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GOP Widens Sebelius Probe

from the Hill – by Elise Viebeck –

House Republicans have widened their probe of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by asking the country’s largest health insurers for information on her fundraising for a nonprofit group promoting ObamaCare.

Leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee wrote to 15 insurance companies and other groups on Friday asking whether Sebelius had contacted them to solicit funds for ObamaCare’s implementation.

Companies should hand over any internal communications that document conversations with Sebelius or discussions about her request, including emails, lawmakers wrote.

The Sebelius probe began when news broke that she was petitioning major healthcare players to contribute to Enroll America, a group tasked with educating the public about its new health coverage options under healthcare reform.

Republicans have denounced the effort as a “shakedown” that will line the pockets of Obama supporters and former administration officials now working to promote the Affordable Care Act.

The White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have defended Sebelius’s actions as legal and consistent with efforts to support Medicare Part D during the George W. Bush administration.

On Friday, Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) suggested a conflict of interest when he wrote that “HHS regulation of the health insurance industry will only grow under [healthcare reform], including by approving health insurers to participate in the exchanges.”

Upton is also part of a push for government investigators to probe the legality of Sebelius’s actions.

He and other Republicans wrote to Aetna, Blue Shield of California, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, H&R Block, HCSC Group, Highmark, Humana, Independence Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, WellPoint, America’s Health Insurance Plans, BlueCross BlueShield Association, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

The groups must respond by Monday, the lawmakers wrote.

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Grandma for Life
9 years ago

It’s about time Sibelius got investigated. This would not be the 1st time she’s done something like this.
Just another Obama disciple, in my view.

Mary Douglas
9 years ago

I am 81, have asthma. My Dr. ordered an overnight sleep test – but I was told that Medicare would no longer pay for this test – due to my age!
It seems that if a person lives beyond age 75 they should be happy with “death counseling”. I AM REALLY IRATE, AND NO! I DIDN’T HAVE THE TEST. I COULDN’T AFFORD TO PAY FOR IT OUT OF MY POCKET!

9 years ago
Reply to  Mary Douglas

You may get a significant cut in cost, if you pay out-of-pocket with that doctor, or another.

9 years ago

I Teach Kindergarten and First Grade MATH

Pattern? Any first grader can recognize & label the A,B, C pattern:

Deny everything, admit nothing, blame everyone else

BUT a kindergardner will ALWAYS recognize the simplest A,A,A pattern:

9 years ago

Of course this is a financial shakedown by the administration for the reasons outlined in your article. The only issue of concern to the Obama White House is that Sebelius got caught. I’m sure she was chided for her sloppy cover-up of her activity behind closed doors. Now they have to pretend to be unaware that this activity was going on, just like in all the other scandals, and Eric Holder has to make another statement that he doesn’t think there was anything illegal or unethical going on. Oh wait, Holder has to wait until after the government investigators that Representative Upton is calling for, who are from the Holder’s Justice Department, have concluded their “investigation” (read white-wash) and found nothing wrong.

Doesn’t anyone else see the pattern of corruption from this administration here?

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