After a month in Washington where media focus was dominated by the Benghazi attack investigation, the revelation that the Department of Justice has been seizing the phone records of journalists and the IRS was unfairly targeting conservative groups – yet another scandal is brewing within the Obama administration, this time at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) says the growing controversy involving HHS Secretary Kathy Sebelius trying to raise money from companies that her department regulates ranks among the major scandals that are plaguing the administration. The funds raised would go to nonprofits that help people enroll in and get excited about Obamacare.
“A lot of people have said it sounds like Iran-Contra — to me, I think it’s probably a little bit worse,” Blackburn said in a video interview (below) with TheBlaze contributor Mallory Factor, who noted the difference to Iran-Contra where Oliver North raised funds for organizations he did not regulate.
As reported by The Washington Post earlier this month, Sebelius has been calling on health industry officials to make large financial donations to help implement ObamaCare after Congress repeatedly rejected administration requests for additional funding. Enroll America, a nonprofit group that the Post reports many of Sebelius’s calls have gone to, is led by a former White house staffer.
Blackburn told TheBlaze that scandals have “snowballed” through the Obama years, now coming to a head with the controversy surrounding the administration’s actions leading up to and after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, the Department of Justice caught surveilling lawful media outlets like the Associated Press and Fox News, the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups, and this latest controversy with Sebelius and the HHS. Blackburn told TheBlaze that she has even heard of more whistleblowers set to step forward regarding scandals at the EPA.
Blackburn said that along with colleagues in Congress she will investigate these cases methodically and responsibly, subpoena individuals when necessary, and “make certain power grabs like this don’t take place.”
In the full interview with TheBlaze posted bellow, Rep. Blackburn talks to TheBlaze about a new piece of cyber security legislation she has introduced, The Secure IT Act; how the American people are pushing Democrats in the Senate to work with Republicans on the budget, how ObamaCare is destroying jobs in her district, and the latest progress on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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