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Obamacare: Is HHS Secretary Sebelius involved in extortion, fraud, conflict of interest?

It appears that Congress has rejected additional funding for Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act. And, it appears that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, is asking private healthcare companies to contribute funds for the implementation of Obamacare. Could this be perceived as extortion, fraud, or a massive conflict of interest since any donations to Obamacare will be passed along to the private companies’ clients – thus ratcheting up the cost of healthcare in an upward spiral with no return on investment? Or, will there be a promise of a return; a certain regulatory laxness or the threat of regulatory restrictions? 

But, here is the bigger question – the money is not destined to flow into the government coffers, it is going to the community organizers and other progressive organizations that will be explaining Obamacare to citizens. Traditionally, these groups are pro-democrat, progressive organizations, some of which engage in voter registration, party outreach, and the enrollment of people into ever burgeoning entitlement programs. It is possible that even Planned Parenthood could qualify as one of these non-profit groups that will enroll uninsured Americans into Obamacare.

Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

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

Her unusual fundraising push comes after Congress repeatedly rejected the Obama administration’s requests for additional funds to set up the Affordable Care Act, leaving HHS to implement the president’s signature legislative accomplishment on what officials have described as a shoestring budget.

Over the past three months, Sebelius has made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and asked that they contribute whatever they can to nonprofit groups that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law, according to an HHS official and an industry person familiar with the secretary’s activities. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to talk openly about private discussions.

An HHS spokesperson said Sebelius was within the bounds of her authority in asking for help.

But Republicans charged that Sibelius' outreach was improper because it pressured private companies and other groups to support the Affordable Care Act. The latest controversy has emerged as the law faces a string of challenges from GOP lawmakers in Washington and skepticism from many state officials across the country.

“To solicit funds from health-care executives to help pay for the implementation of the President’s $2.6 trillion health spending law is absurd,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) said in a statement. “I will be seeking more information from the Administration about these actions to help better understand whether there are conflicts of interest and if it violated federal law.”

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. Read more at: Budget request denied, Sebelius turns to health executives to finance Obamacare

Bottom line …

Once again, it is about enlarging cadres of community organizers and funding their operations. Operations that can easily go beyond enrolling people into Obamacare, to registering new voters, serving as voter outreach, and, in general supporting the democrat socialist party.

-- steve


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