“It’s looking like a long summer for Kathleen Sebelius”
That is what a Barbara Shelley of the Kansas City Star wrote in one of her commentary stories about the possible “fourth scandal” involving Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Sebelius is said to have been soliciting donations from organizations that are involved with the implementation of Obamacare.
As we stated before in our “Obamacare Donor-Gate Scandal Looming Over White House story” on May 18, “A group members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent Secretary of the Department of Human and Health Services, Kathleen Sebelius, a letter questioning her reported actions of soliciting donations from non-profit organizations that are “directly implementing” Obamacare.”
Florida’s Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Jeff Miller, Bill Posey and Trey Radel are among the 26 members of Congress who penned their signatures on the letter to Sebelius. (Read the letter here)But now even more members of Congress are calling for Sebelius to answer questions regarding this “looming scandal” and Shelley, whose political leanings are to the left, is concerned about this “Donor-gate” scandal, saying that “it doesn’t look good for the HHS secretary to be out with hat in hand.”
Here is a snippet from her story-
Republicans are hoping scandal No. 4 will turn out to be Sebelius’ acknowledgment that she solicited financial donations from H&R Block Inc., the tax preparation firm, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She wants the money to go to Enroll America, a private nonprofit group that is gearing up to promote the Affordable Care Act and help people enroll in the new insurance exchanges. And yes, some of the staffers in Enroll America worked for President Barack Obama’s campaign.
Frankly, I wish Sebelius had refrained. She is careful, and I’ll be surprised if it turns out she solicited any business or group that her department regulates or does business with, which would violate federal law. But it doesn’t look good for the HHS secretary to be out with hat in hand, even if Republicans in Congress created the problem by refusing to allocate adequate funds to properly roll out the federal health care law.
Here is Shelley showing her true progressive colors-
While the White House backs her actions as being above-board, and within her authority, as WH Press Secretary Jay Carney said, will HHS Secretary Sebelius acknowledge the Congressional letter asking her to answer questions regarding this looming scandal?
It’s not really about Sebelius asking for donations. It’s about discrediting the president and ginning up fresh outrage over the Affordable Care Act in advance of the 2014 midterm elections. It’s about Republicans doing their best to prevent the president’s health care reform law from succeeding. It’s about promoting a narrative — the Obama administration as incompetent and dishonest.-Barbara Shelley
Again, lets restate the question. If it is confirmed that Sebelius did solicit funds from organizations, who are tasked to implement Obamacare, could this be another Obama scandal in the making?