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Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of “navigators,” “in-person assisters” and counselors who will propagandize and enroll Obamacare recipients in government-run health insurance exchanges.It’s also yet another Obama threat to Americans’ privacy. A reminder about Secretary Sebelius’ sordid snooping history is in order here. In August 2009, HHS and the White House Office of Health Reform called on their ground troops to report on fellow citizens who dared to criticize their federal health care takeover. Team Obama issued an all-points bulletin on the taxpayer-funded White House website soliciting informant emails. Remember?
“If you get an email or see something on the Web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to email@example.com,” Drudge because he had featured a video compilation of Obama and other Democrats — in their own words — exposing the “public option” as a Trojan Horse for government-run health care and the elimination of private industry. White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program.” The flagging operation was shut down, but a plethora of federal disclosure exemptions protect the Obama administration from revealing what was collected, who was targeted and what was done with the database information, every tax-subsidized Obama “outreach” initiative warrants heightened scrutiny. Obamacare navigators will have access to highly personal data from potential “customers” to assess their “needs.” That means income levels, birthdates, addresses, and eligibility for government assistance, Social Security numbers and sensitive medical information. Who’s getting the navigator grants and training? “Community groups” in 33 states that naturally include socialized medicine-supporting unions and Saul Alinsky-steeped activist outfits. On Capitol Hill last week, a top Obamacare official told GOP lawmakers that navigators will not be required to undergo background checks. Criminal records are not automatically disqualifying — and that includes identity theft. The federal rule-makers will require online training of a measly 20 hours. Health care regulations watchdog Betsy McCaughey adds that navigators “don’t have to know math or insurance, but rules announced April 5 specify you have to match the race, ethnicity and language preferences of the neighborhood that will be targeted.” There will be severe consequences for violating citizens’ privacy or breaking any other laws. Sebelius herself violated the federal Hatch Act prohibition on exploiting her HHS leadership position for partisan activity last fall. She then tried to cover up her breach after the fact by classifying the event in which she electioneered for Obama as a “personal” appearance.
SEIU goon Dennis Rivera joined her on a White House conference call in which he lambasted tea party activists as the “radical fringe” of “right-wingers” whose protests amounted to “terrorist tactics.” Now, the SEIU is on the board of directors of Enroll America, the left-wing, Obamacare advocacy nonprofit for whom shakedown artist Sebelius has been soliciting funds.
While she was governor of Kansas, an independent inspector general reported that her appointed health policy board had “applied pressure to alter an audit report, restricted access to legal advice and threatened to fire her for meeting independently with legislators,” according to the Topeka Capital-Journal. Team Sebelius was also embroiled in a ruthless vendetta and obstruction campaign against then-GOP Attorney General Phil Kline, who unearthed damning evidence that the Sebelius administration had shredded key documents related to felony charges against Sebelius’ abortion racketeering friends at Planned Parenthood.
Sebelius notoriously threatened private companies and insurers who increased rates to cope with Obamacare coverage mandates. She bullied private companies to meet discriminatory and arbitrary disclosure demands. And she lashed out at newspapers that dared to report on the true costs of the Obamacare regulatory leviathan. She has unfettered authority and a bottomless budget to weaponize legions more foxes who will serve as Obamacare’s eyes and ears on the ground. The snitch brigade lives.
“She’s been terribly defensive, terribly slow to react.” “There have been many conversations among progressives about this. We want a personality that acts to confront any glitches immediately — more of a nose-to-the-grindstone manager. Many Democrats, however, came to Sebelius’s defense. Others blamed the White House. “If the president can’t sell [the law] to the country, so be it,” said a Democratic lawmaker. “She has done a workman-like job. She has moved it forward.” Over the next several months, Sebelius and her team must finalize controversial regulations, educate the public and deal with a restive Congress watching her every move. Regulators are pleading for more implementation funds. Unions are in an uproar. And polls show the public remains largely ignorant of the law’s benefits.
Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who helped write ObamaCare, recently told Sebelius he worries its implementation will be a “train wreck.”
When news broke that she solicited money for Enroll America, a non-profit that will educate consumers about healthcare reform, from powerful healthcare interests. Republicans have reminded reporters that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act in 2012. That law prohibits political activity while serving as a federal employee.
Forbes Magazine lists her as the 25th most powerful woman in the world.
The Affordable Care Act is seen as especially complex because of its far-reaching changes to U.S. healthcare. The law re-regulates health insurance, creates a new venue for purchasing it and offers expanded Medicaid benefits for states that accept them. It is expected to affect 100 million people — double the number affected by the Medicare drug benefit that went into effect in 2006. As of May 10, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 17 states will run their own exchange, seven will partner with the federal government and 27 will default to a federally run exchanges. Another 29 support the Medicaid expansion, while two are weighing their options. The rest will not accept the expansion. “No matter what, there are going to be some people who are unhappy. But there are also going to be a hell of a lot of happy people receiving benefits. People like free benefits.”
House Republicans have widened their probe of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius by asking the country’s largest health insurers for information on her fundraising for a nonprofit group promoting ObamaCare.
Leaders on the Energy and Commerce Committee said Friday they have written to 15 insurance companies and other groups asking whether Sebelius had contacted them to solicit funds for ObamaCare’s implementation.
Companies should hand over any internal communications that document conversations with Sebelius or discussions about her request, including emails, lawmakers wrote. The Sebelius probe began when news broke that she was petitioning major healthcare players to contribute to Enroll America, a group tasked with educating the public about its new health coverage options under healthcare reform. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) suggested a conflict of interest when he wrote that “HHS regulation of the health insurance industry will only grow under [healthcare reform], including by approving health insurers to participate in the exchanges.”
Upton is also part of a push for government investigators to probe the legality of Sebelius’s actions.
He and other Republicans wrote to Aetna, Blue Shield of California, Cigna, Coventry Health Care, H&R Block, HCSC Group, Highmark, Humana, Independence Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare, WellPoint, America’s Health Insurance Plans, BlueCross BlueShield Association, and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Twelve of the groups must respond by Monday, the lawmakers wrote, adding that the other three groups must respond by June 11.
Sources—elsise viebeck, the hill, human events, michelle malkan, drudge, forbes, kaiser