I personally think most in leadership positions in government would look great in a nice Department of Corrections orange uniform, and I might get my wish for justice, but I am not holding my breath by any stretch of the imagination. It appears though that Representative Issa who Chairman of the House Oversight Committee is also a little tired of being obstructed by Sebelius.
Issa’s committee has been investigating the implementation of “Obamacare” and the companies hired to create the website Healthcare.gov. In the letter he sent to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, he wrote:
“The Department [HHS] subsequently instructed those companies not to comply with the Committee’s request. The Department’s hostility toward questions from Congress and the media about the implementation of Obamacare is well known. The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation,”
The letter details a contract between HHS and Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. (CCSI) forcing the company to get approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services before cooperating with Congress, making it nearly impossible for lawmakers to get documents from the company directly. CCSI has been refusing to cooperate with the Congressional investigation citing this contract with HHS, as if HHS has more authority and legal precedence over obeying a legal request for information from Issa’s committee.
“The Department’s instruction not to cooperate with congressional investigations relies on language in the contract with CCSI which precludes contractors from sharing certain data with third parties. Moreover, the Department explicitly forbids the release of documents without authorization from CMS. That argument — that the language in the contract between the Department and a private company supersedes Congress’ constitutional prerogative to conduct oversight — is without merit,” Issa wrote. “In fact, it strains credulity to such an extent that it creates the appearance that the Department is using the threat of litigation to deter private companies from cooperating with Congress. The Department’s attempt to threaten CCSI for the purpose of deterring the company from providing documents to Congress places the officials responsible for drafting and sending the letter on the wrong side of federal statues that prohibit obstruction of a congressional investigation. Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime.”
Issa instructed Sebelius to inform HHS officials to immediately stop directing employees and contractors not to turn over Healthcare.gov documents to Congress. He also reminded Sebelius that a subpoena was issued to her on October 30, 2013 and requires a response.
“Private citizens and companies cannot contract away their duty to comply with a congressional request for documents,” Issa said. “Furthermore, the Department’s instruction to CCSI and other contractors not to respond to congressional document requests runs afoul of a federal statute that prohibits interfering with an employees’ right to furnish information to Congress. Under that statute, any effort to enforce a contract that prevents a federal employee — or in this case, a contractor — from communicating with Congress is unlawful.”
We all know that something went terribly wrong and hundreds of millions of dollars were spent on Healthcare.gov. Millions of American’s are either losing their insurance or paying a great deal more for it when the whole purpose of Obamacare was to lower the costs for American’s on average $2500.00 per year and help those who could not qualify for insurance to have the coverage they need. I personally think this investigation will be delayed until Obama is out of office, Hillary is in office or some Rhino like McCain, and Sebelius will be just a memory sitting on a beach in the Hamptons somewhere laughing at how gullible American’s really are.