Committee Investigating HHS For Illegally Soliciting Funds

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius / AP

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius / AP


The House Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announcing an investigation into recent reports that HHS is soliciting funds to support Obamacare.

The leaders wrote, “Currently, health insurers are seeking HHS approval to qualify for the health exchanges established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act so that they may attempt to sell their services to the public when enrollment begins in a few months. Your agency also has the power to review the insurance rates that providers wish to charge.”

The leaders requested HHS provide by May 27, 2013, a list of individuals, companies, and organizations that have been received the fundraising pitch, a list of HHS employees that participated, a summary of the communications and information relayed, and detailed information on the funding sources and amount spent/allocated to implement the law.

Sebelius is no stranger to controversy after violating the Hatch Act in 2012. The New York Times reported Sunday that she was fundraising for nonprofits to ensure the success of Obamacare.