April 27th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
12 years ago

SEIU draws upon swine flu to attack GOP senators

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/31/art.sebelius.gi.jpg caption="The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the department's new leader."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Service Employees International Union launched an online movement Monday attacking Republican senators for blocking the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for Health and Human Services Secretary in the wake of the recent swine flu pandemic.

The SEIU accuses GOP senators of holding up the vote "to curry favor with extremist roots," and invokes Hurricane Katrina to urge visitors of the Web site to sign the petition.

"This disease is spreading as we speak, but right now, a Bush-appointed accountant is running the department," the union says on its website. "We need an HHS Secretary NOW. Sign the petition telling the Senate to vote immediately to confirm Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. If we don't act, the swine flu might just turn into another Hurricane Katrina."

The Senate could vote as early as Tuesday to confirm Sebelius as the department's new leader.

Filed under: Kathleen Sebelius • Swine Flu
soundoff (121 Responses)
  1. Dan

    I love the red-herring the right-wing lunatics are throwing out, 'The Swine flu wasn't caused by the GOP.'

    No, but our ability to prepare has been. You neo-cons just don't care about anyone it seems, but yourselves. You're are a disgrace to the USA.

    April 27, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Marcia

    Well.......the Grand Obstructionist Party is doing what it does best....screw up this country. Hope Bush/Cheney get the swine flu...they're big pigs!!!

    April 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Robin

    It is not that she is pro-choice. I don't support her because she supports late term abortions.

    Meaning she supports the lives of babies (who can live outside the womb) being snuffed out.

    April 27, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Debra Austin, Texas

    For all those thugs who claim that the reason Sebelius is not being confirmed is because of her taxes is pure BS. She's not being confirmed because the sanctimonious, holier than thou Rethugs who mouth on and on about their personal liberty don't like it if they're not snooping into your bedroom or telling you what to do with your body. But they sure do believe in states rights and the federal government not getting into their business, UNLESS, of course it has something to do with favoring a woman's right to choose. HYPOCRITES, you don't know how to govern and you don't know how to be a productive opposition party. Why don't you move and become Taliban so that you can condemn anybody who doesn't abide by your rules?

    April 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. JP

    Most union members are greedy pigs. Does this mean they are more likely to swine flu.

    April 27, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Rick

    Never let a crisis go to waist!
    The Dems new mantra!

    I fail to see how here confirmation would have any bearing on the current flu virus.
    She's not even qualified for the position.

    The swine flu is totally treatable with Tamiflu and Relenza.
    The people are dying in Mexico because they have a terrible health care system. Kind of like the one Obama wants to put in place.

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Big Al

    Has anyone ever considered how ludicrous it is for government employees to be unionized?

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. michaelam

    @Barbara....thanks, I did get what I voted for. A responsible President and an inistration that is, " of the people, by the people, and for the people."

    BTW.........did you fall for that WMD fear mongering nonsense that was shoved down our throats for many, long and TORTUROUS years? We "libruls, commies, socialists, or whatever lame label you would like to insert here are quite capable of thinking for ourselves. Your ilk, however, rely on the moronic rhetoric that pollutes many AM radio stations and Fox News to muster up your thoughts.

    Get over yourself and in the future, proofread your comments. You may be regarded as slightly more credible......just slightly,since the content of your post will still remain ......well, ignornant and ridiculous.

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    A crisis is not a reason to approve a cabinet memeber look what we got with Treasury, someone who runs the IRS but cannot pay his taxes because the rule s are confusing and wants to print money we do not have.

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Bill Osman

    Yes, that's right: the GOP is causing the swine flu outbreak. Gee, wonder why they didn't do that on 4th of Nov in areas they knew would vote for Obama...

    April 27, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. TCM

    What grade would you give Barack Obama on his presidency so far?

    34.19% A+
    12.03% B
    5.97% C
    7.57% D
    2.53% E
    37.73% F-

    From US NEWS and World REPORT....non biased....unlike MSM...get with the program CNN!!

    April 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. JonDie

    We already know how Republicans run essential heatlh services, we saw it when AIDS emerged in the early 1980s. Reagan and the GOP were initially quite pleased about AIDS because they thought it was mostly a disease of drug addicts and gays...and not "good" people like themselves. They, therefore, did NOTHING.

    In fact, the entire GOP philosophy of health care is based on their twisted faith; Republicans simply pray that pestilence and famine (and hurricanes like Katrina) only kills the bad people (e.g., you know, gays, minorities, Democrats, etc.). Republicans actually don't do ANYTHING to prepare for such events.

    April 27, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. jp,michigan

    This is ridiculous, blaming the GOP for not nominating Sebelius. I thought there were enough Democrats on the hill to do the job without Republicans.

    April 27, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. So Predictable

    This just reminded me why I haven't logged on to this site in days...

    Here is the summary of all of the "news" on CNN:

    1. Michele is soooooo fabulous

    2. Palin is soooooo crazy

    3. Obama is soooooo smart, handsome, hardworking, capable...how lucky we are the he came to save us...

    4. It rained today- it's GOPs fault


    Summary of all of the comments on CNN:

    1. It's Bush's fault

    2. It's Bush's fault

    3. It's Bush's fault

    4. It's Bush's fault

    5. Anyone who disagrees with me is stupid, evil, ugly, fat, redneck, close-minded, bigot, racist, neo this and neo that....but, I am such an understanding "intellectual"- in fact I am so smart that I can even explain and justify my own hypocrisies.

    6. All rich people are evil (unless they are liberal)

    7. gimme, gimme, gimme

    8. Dinosaurs are extinct- and that is all Bush's and GOP's fault

    8. Did I say that it's all Bush's fault


    I guess nothing changed on CNN! Surprise! Surprise!

    April 27, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  15. Rumsfeld

    Love the irony of GOP obstructionism! And, they keep doing it to themselves....fabulous!

    April 27, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. Soccer Nana

    Women choose to have legal abortions; they have been able to do so since Roe vs Wade. Governor Sebelius is not taking people by the hand and getting them to abortion clinics; she is simply going along with the law of the land. If abortions were to become illegal again, women will find a "butcher" to perform an unsafe abortion for them.

    Choosing to have an abortion is a woman/family's personal choice, now that it is legal. Morally, many people will never choose even though it is now legal. It is a person's or family's.

    In all honesty, many of these same "conservatives" and so called catholics have already had abortions; their daughters/girlfriends/mistresses have had abortions and they probably know someone who have had an abortion.

    Remember, when you point one of your fingers at someone, THREE are pointing back at YOU.

    April 27, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. Dan

    Wake up America...

    8 years of denial put us in a catastrophe.

    Thanks to GOP Senator Collins, money for epidemics was removed from the stimulus.

    Now, we're facing a potential epidemic without a Health and Human Services Secretary.

    World Health Organization raised the pandemic level to 4 today.
    5 means widespread human infection.

    April 27, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. S.B.

    I don't understand why or how one Senator can block a nomination when it's obvious the nomination will pass. I think the Senate needs to amend some of these archaic and obstructionist rules, but I suppose that would require cooperation between the two parties so it won't happen. We need Sibelium in charge of HHS now, and her views on abortion should be a moot point. Of course, she's pro-choice; so's the entire Obama administration and they were approved by the voters. As for her income tax problem; that was a pretty minor point. There was an innocent error on our 2008 taxes. In our case, it worked in our favor, but it could just as easily have gone the other way.
    It might be interesting if the IRS published the percent of tax returns that have errors. I suspect the number would be pretty high.

    April 27, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Louis

    People who oppose abortions... don't have one!!! Leave the rest of us alone!!! I am so sick of your holier-than-art-thou B.S.!!! And then the same people don't want to help out FELLOW Americans who are in poverty or lives in "bad" neighborhoods. Please! Stop the madness! American Women WANT to keep abortion legal. GET OUT OF THEIR LIVES!!!

    April 27, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Bob in Pa

    Oh. like it really matters if a policy advisor is there. The Department of Health should be capable of running on remote control. It needs no cabinet member to operate.

    April 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Brain

    Dear Comrads,

    Don't worry the party will do what is good for the people.
    The party knows best in these matters.
    All that is required is that you remain silent and pay your taxes.

    April 27, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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