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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising has made 'Obamacare' donors 'skittish'

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Potential donors to a nonprofit that promotes President Obama’s health care law are reportedly reluctant to open their wallets in the wake of a scandal-laced week for the administration.

Would-be givers are “gun-shy” after reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called on private industry executives to contribute to Enroll America, a nonprofit that is encouraging Americans to sign up for health care markets tied to the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported.


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The department has defended Mrs. Sebelius, noting aspects of the Public Health Service Act allow the secretary to engage with nonprofits to promote the president’s agenda.

But Republicans in the House and Senate have been vocal in criticizing her actions, even comparing them to the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980s, in which officials within the Reagan administration tried to sell arms to Iran to procure the release of hostages and fund rebels in Nicaragua.

They’ve called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate whether her fundraising activities were legal.

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