May 14, 2013

Crapo Concerned With Solicitation Of Private Funds For Obamacare

Special Fund presents a conflict of interest between HHS and the regulated companies

Washington, D.C. - Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a member of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, wrote U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with all Republican members of the committee, expressing concern that the agency is soliciting private donations to assist with funding for Obamacare. 

Members raise concerns that soliciting funds from the companies or organizations that HHS regulates is a conflict of interest, as well as a violation of the appropriations law by circumventing the public accountability and review process to raise additional funds not approved by Congress.  Additionally, agency actions unveiled through media reports demonstrate a lack of transparency from HHS to the public with respect to the implementation of the controversial health care law.

"HHS soliciting private funds is a conflict of interest and another example of the Administration's strong arm in forcing the implementation of this flawed law," noted Crapo. "HHS should demonstrate legal grounds for this action."