Sebelius Answers Questions about Soliciting Private Funds to Implement ObamaCare
Reveals new information about contact with three additional private health care entities on behalf of Enroll America
WASHINGTON, D.C. | June 4, 2013
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today answered questions regarding the solicitation of private funds to implement the president’s health care law.
The Washington Post recently reported Secretary Sebelius asked health industry officials to make donations to help implement the health care law. The New York Times later identified the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block as two entities that received such requests. It has been alleged Secretary Sebelius and former Obama administration officials requested funding be sent to Enroll America – an organization run by former Obama White House staffer Anne Filipic.
Under questioning from Reps. Tom Price (R-GA) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Secretary Sebelius confirmed she did solicit funds from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and H&R Block. The secretary also revealed she had discussed Enroll America with three additional private health care entities not previously reported, including Ascension Health, Johnson & Johnson, and Kaiser. According to Secretary Sebelius’ testimony, she discussed Enroll America with these entities and suggested that they “should look at the organization [Enroll America].”