Obamacare Broke: Sebelius Begs for Donations

Photo Credit: Washington PostHealth 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 Sebelius’s 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.

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  • rp

    Yeah, Obamacare is saving money for everyone. It’s now taking donations so we don’t pay out of our pockets, until they pass the costs of the donations to us. We haven’t even gotten through the first year of implementation! Anybody that thinks this crap is going to work better get their heads out from between the Obama Think Tank they have between their legs and wake up. This crap need to be repealed the same way it was crammed down our throats and to have Congress chant, “Yes, we can!” several times, just as it was done when it was passed.

  • Still feel she wants it for ‘plastic surgery’!

  • ijohnc1

    Come on, who would have thought the inept, no experience, boy wonder of Chicago fame, would have his HHS knave begging for money so they can compete with the private sector.
    If they invest their stock holders money in this ponzi scheme they will own the country, lock stock and barrel.
    Need to send this to the dufus who wrote the column on “Stupid is as stupid does” it applys in this case.

  • gracentruth

    Obamatax: what our federal government (all 3 branches) did to we the people. Time to turn to God instead of government. Blessed is the nation whose God is The Lord (of the Bible). Peace,

  • Mad & Disgusted

    Obamacare is broke. Repeal it. It is the worst law that has ever been enacted in this country. REPEAL the bill. IMPEACH the president.

  • Nellie CA

    There is so many sub contractors in Medicare and no one knows what is getting paid. They spend all their time trying ‘not’ to pay the Medicare bills. I am appealing everything they don’t pay. With everyone’s files on the computer this has caused more fraud. Why does the government have to know I take thyroid med? other than pay the bill out of my “d” plan. I am fed up with government control of my life.

  • Hiding in plain sight
    The reason behind section 1555. “Freedom not to participate”
    On September 7, 1916, Congress passed the Public Health
    Service Act, [Public Law 410] 58 Stat. 682(pertinent part reproduced below).The very title was designed to deceive, it had nothing to do with the public,and it was an elective form of insurance.
    Furthermore, 58 Stat.(read statute) section 682, pertains to government chartered corporations. The “term” employers, in the act is, supplied by Public Law 93-406, (an amendment to Title 26 U.S.C. section 3121(L)),pertains to foreign employers, party to the International Labor Organization.

    The reason no one is required to participate in the Health Care Act, as stated in section 1555, is simply the Act amends the Public Health Service Act.
    Section 1001 (pertinent part reproduced below), clearly states the
    PPACA is an amendment to the Public Health Service Act.
    google;Title 5 U.S.C. chapter 89 group health care.

    The agency posed to enforce the Act, is the Public Health Service, (H&HS),their record of healthcare is recorded in the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment. see article on Wikipedia.

    One Hundred Eleventh Congress of the United
    States of America
    Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
    the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten
    An Act Entitled
    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    Public Law
    111-148 (available on line)

    A—Immediate Improvements in Health Care Coverage for All Americans
    *Sec.1001. Amendments to the Public Health Service Act.
    Sec. 1555. Freedom not to participate in Federal health insurance programs.
    1555 @42

    No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health
    insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act (or any amendments made
    by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded
    by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no
    penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not
    to participate in such programs.

    The Law the PPACA amends. (freedom not to participate)

    Public Health Service Act July 1, 1944
    [H.R. 4624] | [Public Law 410] 58 Stat. 682

    SEC. 1.
    Titles I to V, inclusive, of the Act may be cited as the “Public Health
    Service Act”. SEC. 605. (a) Section 7 of the Act of September 7, 1916, entitled “An Act to provide compensation for employees of the United States suffering injuries while in the performance of their duties, and for other purposes”, as amended (U.S.C., 1940 edition, title 5, sec. 757), is amended by changing the period at the end thereof to a colon and adding the following: “Provided,That whenever any person is entitled to receive any benefits under this Act by reason of his injury, or by reason of the death of an employee, as defined in section 40, and is also entitled to receive from the United States any payments
    or benefits (other than the proceeds of any insurance policy), by reason of such injury or death under any other Act of Congress, because of service by him (or in the case of death, by the deceased) as an employee, as so defined, such person shall elect which benefits he shall receive. Such election shall be made within one year after the injury or death, or such further time as the Commission may for good cause allow, and when made shall be irrevocable unless
    otherwise provided by law.”