Posts Tagged ‘hhs’

Proud Catholic Voters on ‘Catholics for Sebelius’

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

From Proud Catholic Voters:

Proud Catholic Voters,

In this first installment of the refutation of the fraudulent claims made by the political hacks calling themselves “Catholics for Sebelius,” let’s look at the criticism of Sebelius that seems to have the most traction currently.  It also happens to be the first issue they try to defend on their website: the ties Sebelius has to Dr. George Tiller, a late-term abortion provider in Kansas who’s now facing criminal charges. Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins claims that “she has had a close personal and financial association with the nation’s most infamous abortion doctor, George Tiller, who specializes in late-term abortions.” The Liberty Council claims, “Sebelius has close ties with late-term abortionist George Tiller…Sebelius honored Tiller and his entire abortion clinic staff at the Governor’s mansion in April 2007. Tiller has contributed thousands of dollars to Sebelius and to her PAC.” Operation Rescue President Troy Newman went so far as to put it this way: “With Obama’s appointment of Gov. Sebelius to the Department of Health and Human Services, he might as well be appointing George Tiller…”

Wow!  That sounds like pretty powerful stuff, certainly enough to make mainstream America think twice about whether or not they’d care to have Sebelius overseeing health care in America!  I’ll bet Catholics for Sebelius pulled out all the stops and brought forth all the evidence they could conjure to dispel such an argument, dedicating page after page of web space to shooting down these allegations. (more…)

Star: Tiahrt gives Sebelius a thumbs-down

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Prime Buzz:

Republican Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Kansas said he would not back Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tiahrt said she “holds some liberal views that I cannot support,” including abortion.

President Barack Obama nominated Sebelius this week as secretary of HHS. Tiahrt called the choice “par for the course.”

US News: Brownback’s Political Explanation for Supporting Kathleen Sebelius

Friday, March 6th, 2009

US News:

How to explain ardently antiabortion Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s early support for Kathleen Sebelius, an ardent abortion rights supporter and a fellow Kansan, to head the Department of Health and Human Services? Kansas courtesy—and the fact that Barack Obama won in November and gets to appoint whom he wants. At least that’s what the senator is saying publicly.

But two sources tell me that Brownback’s people have been making the case to antiabortion groups—especially those in Kansas—that there’s a strong political rationale for installing the Kansas governor in Washington. The move gets her out of Kansas, Brownback’s argument goes, heading off her expected run for the Senate in 2010. Which means the Sunflower State Senate seat that Brownback’s vacating for a gubernatorial run is likely to stay in Republican hands, since the Kansas Democratic Party doesn’t have another candidate who is half as popular as Sebelius. And that’s good for the antiabortion cause, according to the reasoning.

“It was much more important that the Senate seat remain red than it was that Brownback directly oppose Sebelius at HHS,” says one person familiar with the situation who would only speak anonymously, “given that Obama is going to be driving the HHS agenda regardless of who’s in charge.”

Meadowlark investigation on Sebelius: questionable Medicaid funding arrangement

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Kansas Meadowlark:

Also yesterday, a news story by Kansas Health Institute’s News Service, Special funding arrangement questioned, revealed Gov. Sebelius may have granted special favors to one program, Community Living Opportunities (CLO),  which specializes in caring for people with severe disabilities.  This favor was at the expense of other related programs, and to the benefit of CLO where Gov. Sebelius’ confidante served on its board.

Gov. Sebelius’ friend and Kansas Democratic Party chair, Larry Gates, appealed only as a “Kansas citizen” to Gov. Sebelius for approval of $712,00 in “extraordinary” funding for CLO.   Gates and his law partner, Dan Biles (who was appointed by Gov. Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court in January 2009) happen to be on the board of CLO.

AP: Obama pick for HHS faces questions about state aid

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

AP:

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obama’s choice to head the Health and Human Services Department, is facing questions about increased state payments to a social services group whose board includes the chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Last fall, Sebelius’ secretary of social and rehabilitation services, Don Jordan, approved an increased rate for Community Living Opportunities, a nonprofit group that provides services to the developmentally disabled, that amounted to $713,000.

The group’s board of directors included Larry Gates, a Sebelius friend who has served as state Democratic chairman for six years; Dan Biles, a Gates law partner recently appointed by Sebelius to the Kansas Supreme Court, and Lew Perkins, athletic director at the University of Kansas. Biles left the board at the end of 2008.

Brownback a ‘liar’ — KCMO’s Chris Stigall

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

On Wednesday’s KCMO Morning Show with Chris Stigall, Stigall singled out Kansas Senator Sam Brownback as a “liar” and portrayed him as untrustworthy and cowardly because of his support of the Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for HHS Secretary.  Brownback is known for his pro-life beliefs, and Sebelius is one of the most influential pro-abortion politicians in the country.

Stigall gave Roberts a pass for his support of Sebelius, in part because the two families have been friends for years.