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Roskam news release: Ways and Means GOP raise questions on HHS soliciting donations

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, issued the following news release:

Congressman Peter Roskam, along with Ways and Means Republicans, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on her solicitation of outside groups to promote and support the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Roskam released this statement:

“On October 1, 2013, the health care law’s exchanges are due to open, forcing millions of Americans into a new government-run insurance market. However, the closer we get to October 1, it is clear that the exchanges were not properly funded in the health care law and to make up the difference, HHS has been siphoning funds from other parts of the law without proper authorization. To make matters worse, apparently Secretary Sebelius is now fundraising for the exchanges from the very groups she will be regulating and while implementing Obamacare. This is just another example of the HHS Secretary’s willingness to cut corners and skirt the law while implementing the unpopular health care law.”

The letter to Secretary Sebelius states:

“You have publically cited your authority and willingness to force rate reductions on the same companies that the Washington Post reports you have requested contribute to your favored ObamaCare promotional groups….  Your fundraising from groups that may apply to receive federal grants as ‘navigators’ and ’non-navigator assistors’ creates the appearance that giving money to meet ObamaCare’s funding needs will result in more favorable consideration of a grant application.”

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