NEWS: On Heels of Sebelius Revelation, Committee Expands Investigation of Solicitations

June 6, 2013

Testifying Tuesday before the House Education and the Workforce Committee, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius revealed that she made more calls on behalf of Enroll America than HHS officials had originally acknowledged. Despite the administration’s public proclamations on behalf of transparency, HHS has been slow to fully acknowledge the extent of Sebelius’ solicitations. According to The New York Times, administration officials first denied anyone was engaged in fundraising, only later to admit that Sebelius had, in fact, "solicited sizable donations from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block.” Nearly a month later, Sebelius now admits to calling three additional health care groups, which the agency regulates, on behalf of Enroll America. Committee leaders launched an investigation when news of Sebelius solicitations first broke, and expanded their probe following Tuesday’s admission.

House committee expands probe of Sebelius after new fundraising revelations
June 5, 2013

A House committee is expanding its investigation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius after the Cabinet secretary acknowledged she reached out to three more health care companies to raise money to assist in implementing President Obama's health care law. …

Top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said the revelations by Sebelius raised new questions about whether the Obama administration improperly pressured the health care industry for money to support a law that covered their activities, and that they were expanding an ongoing probe of the HHS chief.

“The recent revelations made by Secretary Sebelius raise significant red flags about how she and others at HHS have been working on behalf of Enroll America," said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy, R-Penn., in a joint statement.

"First, the administration denied that HHS was engaged in fundraising, then they fessed up to Sebelius’ fundraising pitch to H&R Block and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and now we learn of three more health care groups that were contacted," the lawmakers said. "It is troubling that the HHS Secretary is making pitches on behalf of Enroll America to the very same industry groups the agency regulates." …

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GOP expands probe of Sebelius fundraising
June 5, 2013

Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee solicited information from two more companies Tuesday after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she contacted them with information about a pro-ObamaCare group.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and his deputies have been investigating reports that Sebelius solicited donations from several major healthcare players on behalf of Enroll America, a group that will encourage consumers to take advantage of ObamaCare's coverage options. …

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Republicans expand probe after Sebelius discloses new details of help for ObamaCare group
June 5, 2013

House Republicans are expanding their investigation into Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' campaign to solicit support for a pro-ObamaCare group, after she acknowledged reaching out to companies her agency regulates as part of that effort.

The Department of Health and Human Services has maintained all along that the solicitations were legal and above board. Sebelius said as much when she testified before a House committee on Tuesday. …

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