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GOP Senators Press Sebelius To Back Away From Helping Nonprofit

The group of 28 senators are also seeking more information about the health secretary's efforts to help the nonprofit Enroll America to get more people signed up for coverage available through the health law. Meanwhile, the head of the House Republican Study Committee urged the NBA and the NFL not to promote the health care law.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: GOP Senators To Sebelius: Stop Helping Nonprofit
A group of 28 Republican senators told HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Thursday to stop helping a nonprofit campaign that is gearing up to enroll Americans for health coverage this fall. The lawmakers said Ms. Sebelius hasn’t provided specific answers about steps she has taken on the nonprofit’s behalf. Republicans say Ms. Sebelius acted unethically by asking health-care companies to help Enroll America sign up consumers for health insurance under the 2010 health care law, the administration’s signature achievement (Radnofsky, 6/27).

The Hill: GOP Doubles Down On Sebelius Fundraising Calls
Republican senators are pushing Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to reveal more about her ties to Enroll America and her fundraising efforts on behalf of the pro-ObamaCare group. In a letter Thursday, 28 GOP senators demanded that Sebelius send a more complete response to a May inquiry about her requests that health industry players donate money to Enroll America. The Health Department says Sebelius only made two phone calls and that the actions were legal (Viebeck and Baker, 6/27).

The Hill: Republican Lawmaker To NFL And NBA: Don't Do ObamaCare's 'Dirty Work'
The head of the conservative Republican Study Committee pressed the NBA and the NFL on Thursday not to promote President Obama's healthcare law. In a letter to league commissioners, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) asked for details on recent talks between the NBA, the NFL and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (Viebeck 6/27).

At the same time, a small health law tweak picks up momentum -

The Washington Post: Congress Contemplating Small Tweaks To Help Small Businesses Weather Health Care Reform
An effort to repeal a tax on insurance companies in the new healthcare reform law is gaining momentum in Congress, fueled by concerns that the fee would hit small businesses particularly hard. The legislation would eliminate a fee on health insurance companies scheduled to take effect when the law goes into full effect next year (Harrison, 6/27).

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