Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX) last night appeared with Neil Cavuto on the Fox Business Network to highlight the committee's ongoing investigation into reports that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may have solicited funding or assistance from the health care industry to help implement Obamacare. Committee leaders recently expanded their investigation, now seeking information from a total of 15 companies and organizations, in addition to requests for information from HHS and Enroll America, the private nonprofit group dedicated to assisting the implementation of the health care law. Full committee chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) is also part of a joint House and Senate request to the Government Accountability Office to determine if Sebelius' solicitations violated any laws.
Barton's appearance coincided with a Politico report detailing the active fundraising efforts of Nancy-Ann DeParle, former head of the White House Office of Health Reform and later Obama Deputy Chief of Staff, who left the White House in January and is now working in her spare time to raise millions of dollars from insurance companies for Enroll America. The head of Enroll America, Ann Filipic, also spent years working in the Obama White House. Filipic left her post as Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement in January 2013 to become president of Enroll America.