weaselzippers;GAO Report: Sebelius Personally Pressured Liberal Philanthropy Group Into Donating $13 Million To Pro-ObamaCare Group
Via Daily Mail:
Thank You Zip and Daily Mail.Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius maneuvered one of America’s richest liberal philanthropies into contributing $13 million to Enroll America, a group founded by a former Obama White House staffer to drive up insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act.A report issued Monday by the Government Accountability Office shows what Republican members of Congress ave anticipated learning since 2013: that Sebelius called a total of five organizations a year ago and urged them to help Enroll America reach its goals.One call went to the CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which made $3 million and $10 grants to the group after hearing her request. That amount was a dramatic increase from the $150,000 it had contributed the previous year.The foundation, known for bankrolling gun-control, diet-control, anti-alcohol and anti-tobacco campaigns, improbably insists that that the decision to award the money was ‘not made in response to the Secretary’s call.’Sebelius also asked the tax-preparation giant H&R Block for funds, but that company decided against giving.Three more calls from Sebelius went to Kaiser Permanente, Ascension Health and Johnson & Johnson – all companies HHS regulates.The independent GAO report concluded that Sebelius sought ‘nonfinancial support’ from them for Enroll America, ‘such as technical assistance.’Texas Sen. John Cornyn told MailOnline that ‘Kathleen Sebelius’ shake-down of the very health companies her department regulates is a gross abuse of government power.’
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, "known for bankrolling gun-control, diet-control, anti-alcohol and anti-tobacco campaigns, improbably insists that that the decision to award the money was ‘not made in response to the Secretary’s call."