ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov vs. KGS2@hhs.gov
Some of President Barack Obama's political appointees, including the secretary for Health and Human Services, are using secret government email accounts they say are necessary to prevent their inboxes from being overwhelmed with unwanted messages, according to a review by The Associated Press. ...
The secret email accounts complicate an agency's legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails in response to congressional or internal investigations, civil lawsuits or public records requests because employees assigned to compile such responses would necessarily need to know about the accounts to search them. Secret accounts also drive perceptions that government officials are trying to hide actions or decisions. ...
The Health and Human Services Department initially turned over to the AP the email addresses for roughly 240 appointees – except none of the email accounts for Sebelius, even one for her already published on its website. After the AP objected, it turned over three of Sebelius' email addresses, including a secret one. It asked the AP not to publish the address, which it said she used to conduct day-to-day business at the department. Most of the 240 political appointees at HHS appeared to be using only public government accounts. ....
The AP decided to publish the secret address for Sebelius – KGS2(at)hhs.gov – over the government's objections because the secretary is a high-ranking civil servant who oversees not only major agencies like the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services but also the implementation of Obama's signature health care law. Her public email address is Kathleen.Sebelius(at)hhs.gov.
Kudos to AP for this reporting (and please don't sue me for fair use, mkay?) Now, it would be irresponsible not to speculate, so let's lay down a few dots to connect:
1. Obama bet the Democratic Party's chances in 2014 and 2016 on ObamaCare's success.
2. California is the key "battleground state" where the perception of ObamaCare's success or failure will be played out.
3. The Democratic-controlled California state legislature passed a law that allows Covered California (CA's exchange under ObamaCare) unprecedented levels of secrecy about contractors and exchange contracts.
4. ObamaCare provides a wealth of opportunities for contractors to manage its complexities: Navigators, call center operators, web site developers, consultants, state and local agencies and non-profits.
5. Sibelius has already moved money from one budget line item to another to support ObamaCare.
6. Sibelius has also solicited health insurance CEOs for Enroll America to support ObamaCare.
Taken together -- and I know just because dots exist doesn't mean they're connected:
• #5 and #6 scream "Slush fund."
• #3 and #4 scream "corruption," especially in California, which the ObamaCare campaign must win at all costs.
And if I were Sibelius, and I had to make sure that the right people got walking around money from my slush fund, well, I'd want a secret email account for that. Just like gwb43.com. Plus ça change...