The stench of desperation is overwhelming.
May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked a group representing nearly 46,000 physician assistants on Tuesday to help persuade uninsured Americans to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
As part of a politically embattled administration effort to rally support for the landmark reform law, Sebelius appealed to physician assistants as care providers who treat large numbers of people with little or no health insurance, including those in Republican-controlled states that have rejected the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Sebelius, Obama’s top healthcare adviser, has run into mounting opposition from Republicans over efforts to marshal private sector support for a public outreach campaign that could determine whether Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement succeeds or flops, just as the 2014 midterm election campaign gets under way.
Republicans in Congress, who are blocking public funds for reform implementation, say Sebelius may have acted improperly by seeking private donations for a nonprofit group that will help lead a public outreach campaign this summer. The administration says Sebelius’s actions were fully authorized by law.
“It’s absolutely critical that we reach out to uninsured Americans and get them ready to sign up for coverage,” Sebelius told a meeting of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, which has 46,000 members.