Sebelius, Stewart and The Affordable Care Act

Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance Writer

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another. Continue reading

Top Obama appointees, including Sebelius, using secret emails

The Associated Press today, June 4, is reporting that some of President Barack Obama’s political appointees, including Health and Human Services Secretary and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, have been using secret government email accounts to conduct official business. It’s a system, according to the AP, that complicates agencies’ legal responsibilities to find and turn over emails under public records requests and congressional inquiries.

White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday acknowledged the practice and said it made eminent sense for Cabinet secretaries and other high-profile officials to have what he called alternative email accounts that wouldn’t fill with unwanted messages. Carney said all their email accounts, public and otherwise, were subject to congressional oversight and requests by citizens under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading

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