Human Eventsby Connie Hair
In another item on the list of demands to follow up on in January, three GOP lawmakers want answers for a threatening letter sent by an Obama cabinet secretary in "an effort to intimidate those who reveal the negative consequences" of Obamacare.
Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas), ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and John Shimkus (R-Ill.), ranking member of the Health Subcommittee, and Michael Burgess (R-Texas), ranking member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for documentation related to recent coercive statements she made in a letter to a health insurance industry executive regarding Obamacare-induced premium increases.
On September 7, 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported that Americaâ€™s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) would see rate increases resulting from Obamacare, stating â€œHealth insurers say they plan to raise premiums for some Americans as a direct result of the health overhaul.â€
Two days later, Mme. Secretary sent a letter to Karen Ignagni, President of AHIP, threatening (among other things) â€œthere will be zero tolerance for this type of misinformation and unjustified rate increases.â€
The lawmakers pointed out the administration and Democrats in Congress previously engaged in thuggish behavior to silence insurance companies imparting information about the widespread negative impact of Obamacare to the health industry.