Republican senators hit Sebelius on Obamacare fundraising
May 30th, 2013
01:05 PM ET
8 years ago

Republican senators hit Sebelius on Obamacare fundraising

Washington (CNN) – Several Republican senators are calling for an investigation into whether the head of Health and Human Services violated appropriations and ethics rules when she reportedly tried to raise funds for a group that is working to help put Obamacare in place.

"Major news outlets in recent weeks have reported that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is raising money from the private sector-including from health care executives-for use by a private entity, Enroll America, that is helping to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," the Republicans, who are the ranking members on several key committees, wrote the HHS inspector general on Thursday.

"These activities call into question whether appropriations and ethics laws are being followed," Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee the ranking Republican on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma the ranking Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee wrote.

Those actions are now also under investigation by two House committees. Several other Republicans have also recently written a letter to the U.S. Comptroller General asking for an investigation into the matter.

HHS provided a previously released statement on the matter that said, in part: "the Secretary has made no fundraising requests to entities regulated by HHS."

"Since March, the Secretary has made two fundraising calls on behalf of Enroll America to two organizations-the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block-neither of which is regulated by us and both of whom share a commitment to helping uninsured Americans," the HHS said. "Her calls were in line with a special section of the Public Health Service Act, in place since 1976, that allows this and previous Secretaries to support and to encourage others to support nonprofit organizations promoting health."

Filed under: Health care • Kathleen Sebelius • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Jack

    None of you are allowing for the details to come out, just throwing stones and adding your conjecture into the mix.

    May 30, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Richard Long

    Senator Max Baucus, one of ObamaCare's chief architects:
    – predicted that Obamacare would be a massive train wreck

    – is not running for re-election because he thinks its going to be that bad

    Obama: you can keep your current insurance policy = Lie
    Obama: your rates will go down = Lie

    Obama = LEGENDARY FAIL!!!

    May 30, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Pete

    Like I posted once before and will reiterate again that I'd wish republicans were as enthusiastic about creating jobs ,infastructure bills to help America and its people, economy as they're in obstructing,being unpatriotic with repressing this countrys progress!!They chase like dogs after everything that moves from the Obama administration but once caught they're lost and can't figure out what to do with it,just rediculous but its republicans since Pres.Obamas inaugeration hasn't it!!Like we'll see again and again the cycle of repeated repeals against the ACA bill now going on 37-38 times and by now you'd think they'd realize as long as Pres.Obama resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave repealing or anything else to that bill ain't gonna happen and republicans you're as delushional in its repeal as you were when you thought Romney will be your next president ..But again I'm stating things to ignorents that can only fantasize about a republican ever being president again after that imbecile from Texas took US all over a fiscal cliff thinking he was on a joy ride while on a good drunk one night in office..Remember republicans no matter what you rant or critize this president about yours in Bush will go down as most horrendous,maniacal president in political history backed by Hoover,Reagan,Nixon and his father ,remember facts hurts and quess what they won't lose their truths over time either!!

    May 30, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Sebelius supports people just like Kermit Gosnell and people that perform late term abortions. She publically supported George Tiller in court and defended Partial birth abortions.

    Conflict of interest?

    May 30, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  5. Woman In California

    Anything to keep from actually working is the motto of the republican party and I have come to expect nothing less.

    Vote them all out in 2014 so we can get some work done.

    May 30, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  6. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)


    The Dubya administration did the exact same thing to try to get funding for their unfunded Medicare Part D debacle.
    Comparing Obama to Bush I see. Yeah they are both in the same category I do agree.

    May 30, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  7. Lisa P.


    So let me get this straight – the republicans refuse funding for implementation, and then investigate Sebelius for trying to find funding? Priceless.
    May 30, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm

    It's like Iran Contra all over again, but without the missiles! Or the end run around the War Powers Act, but, whatever. That would make Kathleen Sebelius the new Oliver North, an American hero going to jail for doing what was *right*, even if it wasn't legal. How much time did ol' Ollie serve, again? I mean, before the pardon. For some reason I also don't recall President Reagan ever being held to account, either. But that must have just been because he was an old guy with a bad memory... Do you think that if President Obama also develops a bad memory the Republicans will give him a pass and a beatification like they did President Reagan?

    May 30, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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