Did Brownback just Give Sebelius “Cover” on the Abortion Issue?
HHS Secretary Nominee Kathleen Sebelius may have just gotten the ‘cover’ she needs. Fellow Kansan and U.S. Senator Sam Brownback, a staunch pro-life Catholic seems to signal his support for her in a joint statement he made with Kansas’s other Senator Pat Roberts. Not one mention at all on Sebelius’s abortion record. Read below and then get my analysis:
“Congratulations to Governor Sebelius on being nominated to be the Secretary of Health and Human Services,” the Senators said. “It’s an honor for the State of Kansas to have an elected official appointed to the president’s cabinet. We are hopeful Governor Sebelius will be a voice for Kansas and rural America at the Department. We look forward to working with her on issues important to the state including a National Cancer Institute Designation at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.” (more…)
KS gov says Sebelius decision led to Medicaid flapThursday, April 26, 2012By Gene Meyer | Kansas ReporterFAIRWAY — The federal government is investigating whether Kansas is violating the civil rights of 3,500 physically disabled residents who have waited years for help.Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback bristles at the suggestion.Brownback, a Republican, has told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, the state is not discriminating against disabled people. Kansas, in fact, is trying to clean up a mess left by former Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Brownback said in a letter to Leon Rodriguez, head of the HHS Office of Civil Rights.
Because the administration is knowingly forcing (primarily Catholic) religious organizations to pay for medical services to which they are theologically opposed, the new rules represent a frontal assault on freedom of religion at an institutional level. This is no small matter. To date, public controversies over “conscience” in health care have mostly involved individuals — e.g., doctors, nurses, pharmacists — whose personal morality or religious convictions conflicted with the provision of certain medical procedures or substances. …
But the free-birth-control rule goes much further than creating a potential conflict between the general law and individual religious beliefs. Rather, the rule targets the right of religious organizations to conduct their public activities consistently with their religious dogma and moral values — except within the narrow confines of an actual church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or monastery.
Sebelius highlights two of the law’s insurance regulations: a medical loss ratio (MLR) rule that requires insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium revenue on clinical services and a rate-review provision which gives her agency the power to deem health insurance rate hikes “unreasonable.” These two regulations, which substantially increase the federal government’s power and discretion over the entire health insurance market, are “putting consumers back in charge.” (Maybe she meant bureaucrats rather than consumers?)
You’ll notice, however, that there’s something missing from the op-ed: any mention of actual health insurance premium prices.
Since ObamaCare became law in 2010, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius has issued 1,231 compliance waivers to select unions and businesses as well as to politically-connected states. These waivers provide exemptions from having to comply with the burdensome requirements of ObamaCare. When Kansas Congressman Huelskamp gave his first speech on the House floor last January, he decried the favoritism being shown to labor unions and businesses with the resources to receive special “Annual Limit” exemptions from the law that is supposed to apply to everyone. Later in 2011, Congressman Huelskamp led the effort on Capitol Hill to force HHS to reveal the factors that go into the waiver process. (more…)
Maybe it was the fact she was trying to leave — and everyone knew it.
Maybe it was because the state budget is hundreds of millions out of whack.
Whatever the reason, former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ final poll numbers as she exited the state stage weren’t so hot.
SurveyUSA had Sebelius upside down: 46 percent approve, 50 percent disapprove.
As Allahpundit notes, the fun is not in the question; it’s in seeing how the apologists for this administration duck the answer.
TOPEKA | Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback acknowledges that abortion opponents are upset with him for not opposing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination as U.S. secretary of health and human services.
But he told the Topeka Capital-Journal for a story published Friday that “there’s a practicality” to his decision.
President Obama’s nominee to head the agency that guides federal abortion policy is the latest Roman Catholic politician to find herself torn between her political beliefs and her faith.
Already admonished against receiving Communion because of stands she has taken on abortion as governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius now faces even closer scrutiny from the church since she was nominated to serve as secretary of health and human services earlier this month.
What began as a local matter between Mrs. Sebelius and Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the archbishop of Kansas City, Kan., has taken on larger dimensions with the prospect that Mrs. Sebelius could reside in Washington.
Mark Parkinson, who is expected to become the next Kansas governor soon, was a Republican state representative and senator for six years in the Johnson County legislative delegation.
He ran for the Kansas House in 1990 and then was elected to a four-year term in the state Senate two years later.
If Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is confirmed as a member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, the 51-year-old Parkinson, now a Democrat, will move from lieutenant governor to the state’s top job.
What was Parkinson’s record during those early years as a public servant representing an Olathe legislative district?
During Parkinson’s first two years in the House, he worked closely with another Olathe lawmaker, former Rep. Vince Snowbarger.
In the 1990 election, Democrats swept to power in that legislative chamber. Snowbarger, Parkinson and other Republicans found themselves in the minority during the 1991 and 1992 sessions.