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GOP Sees Obamacare Solicitations as New Scandal Facing White House
NewsMax ^ | May 24, 2013 | By Todd Beamon

Posted on 05/25/2013 5:17:04 PM PDT by Jim Robinson

Just as the Obama administration continues to reel from three major scandals, Republicans are zeroing in on yet one more — this one involving Obamacare as it nears implementation.

GOP legislators are targeting Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the solicitations she made to some of the nation’s top insurance companies and other groups for donations to Enroll America, the nonprofit group charged with selling Obamacare to the public.

“Our guys on the Hill think this is the fourth scandal,” Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak told Reuters this week. “It fits into that narrative Republicans are building not only about incompetence in the executive branch but also dishonesty.

“This is a good issue for Republicans,” he added. “We want to maximize it.”

Now under question are forays by Sebelius to two private entities, H&R Block Inc., the tax preparation company, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropic entity devoted to public health issues.

Republicans say the practice, which if not unprecedented, is at the very least unusual.

Federal law bars officials from soliciting any organization or individual with whom they do business or regulate — though neither entity is regulated by HHS.

"People are watching it very closely,” GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, told Reuters. “We're hearing about it from constituents, people who are incredibly concerned.”

An HHS statement last week disclosed the two solicitations, Reuters reports. The agency this week declined to provide the news organization with a list of all solicitations before or after March, when Sebelius began approaching groups by telephone.

“We received a phone call from the secretary during which the secretary discussed supporting Enroll America," H&R Block told Reuters in a statement. "While we took her suggestion under consideration, we have made no commitment.”

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
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1 posted on 05/25/2013 5:17:05 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

These people are rotten to the core.


2 posted on 05/25/2013 5:21:41 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Jim Robinson

If you looked into every official of the obama dynasty you will find maggot ridden corruption.


3 posted on 05/25/2013 5:23:23 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: Jim Robinson

It’s not just Republicans who despise Hussein and his handlers.


4 posted on 05/25/2013 5:27:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

What about the EPA scandal? Bet Keystone gets signed off on and the EPA scandal vanishes.


5 posted on 05/25/2013 5:31:52 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: Jim Robinson
Lord, I hope they can stop the Obamacare/death panels coming and so much more.
6 posted on 05/25/2013 5:36:14 PM PDT by Christie at the beach
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To: Jim Robinson

It sounds like the people she’s going to are people that are being regulated by her agency......

Over the weekend, The New York Times reported that two organizations expected to be supporting the law are The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which is expected to give $10 million,.... and H&R Block, which will give a “donation” of $500,000. ...

additionally.... according to an insurance industry executive,...... “some insurers had been asked for $1 million donations, and that ‘bigger companies have been asked for a lot more.’”

That sounds like there were a direct solicitations.


7 posted on 05/25/2013 5:38:03 PM PDT by caww
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To: Jim Robinson
Hopefully one or more of those companies sent letters to by the House Energy and Commerce Committee will confirm Sebelius solicited them for donations, she'll be gone and it'd be nice to see her in a gray bar hotel.
8 posted on 05/25/2013 5:43:19 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: Jim Robinson

Let’s just roll these up into one scandal: Obama


9 posted on 05/25/2013 5:43:41 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: bigheadfred

Look-ee here...another Ohio Director in the mess....

“Enroll America”...

....was launched in September 2011 in part by leaders of Families USA, a key backer of the healthcare reform effort as it moved through Congress in 2009 and 2010.

.... It is led by ‘Anne Filipic’, who worked on public engagement projects in the Obama White House.

..... It’s managing director, ‘Chris Wyant’, directed Obama’s ‘eastern OHIO field operation’ during the 2012 election campaign.

It includes on its boards of directors and advisers, executives of:

Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Blue Shield of California
Kaiser Permanente
CVS Caremark

.... as well as officials of major health-related trade associations, such as ‘the American Hospital Association’ and ‘the National Association of Health Underwriters’.

http://www.lfpress.com/2013/05/21/obama-opponents-target-sebelius-solicitations-for-group


10 posted on 05/25/2013 5:48:06 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

hmmm...like maybe there is election fraud in ohio tooo...nah...that would be toooo much


11 posted on 05/25/2013 5:51:04 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

Better, the vote this week in Texas? regarding the boy’s group. Pressure, muscle?


12 posted on 05/25/2013 6:01:34 PM PDT by stanne
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To: stanne
an invocation to the convocation


13 posted on 05/25/2013 6:13:03 PM PDT by bigheadfred ( barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

As been said...once they look under one rock they find more and more of these slimmy snakes....then another and another....now they’re looking under All THE ROCKS!


14 posted on 05/25/2013 6:19:37 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

Teva is an Israeli company. The make generic drugs, I think.


15 posted on 05/25/2013 6:23:53 PM PDT by virgil
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16 posted on 05/25/2013 6:27:49 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: caww

What about massive election fraud????


17 posted on 05/25/2013 6:30:53 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: Jim Robinson; musicman; onyx

These Obama ‘scandals’ are not just scandals. They are crimes.


18 posted on 05/25/2013 6:42:34 PM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: Jim Robinson

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Extortion

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19 posted on 05/25/2013 6:43:04 PM PDT by devolve ( ------- I*ve gotcher magic bullshiite right here 0pansy ---------)
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To: BenLurkin

These idiotic idealogues are lawless, and too stupid to realize that the gun that they’re wielding can be turned against them.


20 posted on 05/25/2013 6:48:47 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: caww; Cindy; kcvl

“Enroll America” shakedown ping


21 posted on 05/25/2013 6:52:51 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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22 posted on 05/25/2013 7:03:12 PM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Those on the Left have routinely pulled the race card whenever the right criticizes the Obama Syndicate. Obama promised on the campaign trail that he would have the most transparent administration in history. It is out of the cloak of secrecy that the Obama Syndicate has built a house of cards out of corruption. It is a result of the Lame Stream Media that Obama has been able to build a regime deep in corruption. Their First Amendment protections have not given America any benefit. It has not created any watch dogs in the media. Instead, we have only neutered lapdogs worried about a few race cards.

The Obama house of cards is coming down. Questions are multiplying as revelations about Benghazi, IRS targeting and AP phone records come flying in from every direction. The Obama Syndicate has been beset with scandals. From Fast and Furious, the Acorn money laundering scandal, the recruitment of illegal aliens to receive food stamps as a means of gathering votes for Obama’s re-election, the "Green Scandals," the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation scandal, the Brookfield Asset Management scandal, the Pigford v. Glickman lawsuit settlement, Holder's involvement in the Press Leaks Scandal and others too numerous to list. This places the Obama Syndicate as the most dishonest and criminal presidencies in U.S. history.

Many are comparing Obama's corruption to the Nixon administration. Nixon's second article of impeachment was abuse of the IRS. Nixon was a piker compared to Obama who has done impeachable offenses that Nixon only planned to do.


23 posted on 05/25/2013 7:06:22 PM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Jim Robinson

24 posted on 05/25/2013 7:08:09 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Jim Robinson

Repeal and ABOLISH Obama’care.’


25 posted on 05/25/2013 8:20:33 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Another one!


26 posted on 05/25/2013 9:27:48 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Jim Robinson

FLASHBACK: Did Obama Bully Roberts Into Upholding Obamacare?

(UPDATE: It All Makes Sense Now With IRS and AP Scandals)

May 24, 2013

Originally Posted on June 29, 2012

(Keith Koffler) — Was Supreme Court John Roberts intimidated by President Obama and his allies into writing a startling, incomprehensible opinion that preserved Obama’s signature achievement as president?

Is it possible that the august corridors of the Supreme Court were trampled by Chicago-style political tactics, that the Constitution was shredded by the dog-eared playbook of bullying activist Saul Alinsky, the guiding light of Obama’s political operation?

There is no way to prove that Chief Justice John Roberts was intimidated into upholding Obamacare as constitutional, no way to conjure his thoughts. Even Roberts may not fully understand why he made the decision he did.

But there is evidence to suggest that the brewing outcry that the Court had become a political weapon run by a cabal of Republican legal hacks – the liberal Justices, who walk in lockstep, were under this theory clinging united to “principle” – weighed on Roberts, along with the likelihood that Obama would make this a theme of his reelection campaign.

Back on April 2, Obama helped ignite the recent focus by politicians and commentators on the “politicization” of the Supreme Court when he menaced:

Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress. And I’d just remind conservative commentators that for years what we’ve heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint — that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident that this Court will recognize that and not take that step.

Remarks that could have been written by a Brooklyn Wise Guy: I’m confident you’ll do the right thing, see?

All of this was theater. There’s nothing “unprecedented” or “extraordinary” about the Supreme Court overturning a law, and Obamacare was not passed by a “strong majority.” What was extraordinary was the sight of a president, standing in the Rose Garden, leaning on the Supreme Court.

Obama had inappropriately gone after the Court before, of course, criticizing the Justices to their faces during the 2010 State of the Union for having “reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests” in the Citizens United case and calling on Congress to “pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.”

Is there anyone who seriously doubts that Obama would have made denigrating the Supreme Court – and promoting himself to fix it with second term appointments – a central plank of his campaign?

The first suggestion that Roberts may have been influenced by all this is that it appears he may have changed his mind after initially supporting the four conservatives who voted to strike down Obamacare.

The Wall Street Journal writes today:

http://redflagnews.com/headlines/did-obama-bully-roberts-into-upholding-obamacare


27 posted on 05/26/2013 5:52:27 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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