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Christopher Flavelle

Sebelius's Absurd Excuses on Obamacare Fundraising

Kathleen Sebelius's reasons for suggesting to companies she regulates that they support a group publicizing the Affordable Care Act don't make sense. 

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, told a House committee yesterday that she did nothing wrong by suggesting to companies she regulates that they support a group publicizing the Affordable Care Act. Let's consider the absurdity of that position by looking at the arguments behind it.

Sebelius told the House Education and Workforce Committee that she didn't explicitly ask Johnson & Johnson , Ascension Health and Kaiser Permanente to give money to Enroll America, a nonprofit organization run by a former Barack Obama administration official designed to get people to use the law's new insurance exchanges. She only called "to discuss the organization and suggest that the entities look at the organization."