ILLEGAL: Sebelius Admits She Lobbied Companies To Support Obamacare...
June 04, 2013
(NY Times) — Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, disclosed on Tuesday that she had made telephone calls to three companies regulated by her department and urged them to help a nonprofit group promote President Obama’s health care law.
She identified the companies as Johnson & Johnson, the drug maker; Ascension Health, a large Roman Catholic health care system; and Kaiser Permanente, the health insurance plan.
At a Congressional hearing, Ms. Sebelius said she had not explicitly asked the companies for money, but urged them to support the work of the nonprofit group, Enroll America.
The group, led by former Obama administration officials, is working with the White House to publicize the 2010 health care law and help uninsured people sign up for coverage.
Republicans in Congress have raised questions about the legality and propriety of Ms. Sebelius’s efforts, saying she was trying to circumvent limits on spending set by Congress.