Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack tells CQ Healthbeat that the flap won't prevent a robust effort by the nonprofit group, Enroll America, to sign up the uninsured. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney draws parallels to earlier allegations about President Barack Obama's birth certificate.
CQ HealthBeat: Enroll America 'Alive And Growing' Despite Sebelius Controversy, Pollack Says
The controversy over donations to Enroll America Health that Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius solicited won’t prevent the nonprofit group from waging a vigorous campaign to sign up the uninsured, its founder said in an interview Tuesday. There is no question that fundraising will be "at least significantly into eight figures; it already is," said Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack (Reichard, 5/22).
The Hill: Carney: Questions About Sebelius Fundraising Similar To Certificate Concerns
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday unfavorably compared questions about donations solicited by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to Republicans questioning the president's birth certificate. At a tense briefing where Carney took tough questions on a series of issues that could damage the White House politically, the press secretary aligned himself with White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, who over the weekend accused Republicans of engaging in "partisan fishing expeditions" (Sink, 5/21).