As Secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius was given tremendous power under the PPACA (ObamaCare). The hailstorm of “the Secretary may” in the Act is rivaled only by that of “the Secretary shall”.
For instance, the Act gives her the responsibility for setting the price points of the “Gold”, “Silver”, and “Bronze” insurance plans available under the various state exchanges. That there should be one price for all plans of the same type across the country is bad enough, but that you can only buy insurance from inside your state is in some ways worse.
But now Sebelius has decided that she can set insurance prices at will.
ObamaCare must be repealed. And Secretary Sebelius must be hauled in front of Congress to explain why she claims power that not even the Pelosi Congress ever gave her.
And after that, she should resign.
Read more from Jeffrey H. Anderson at TWS:
Sebelius Seizes Even More Power
Not satisfied with the colossal amounts of power that she would acquire under Obamacare if it isn’t repealed, Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Kathleen Sebelius has issued a 136-page “rule” that will now give her (and her subordinates) largely unchecked power to pass judgment on the prices of health insurance throughout the United States. Notwithstanding the fact that 43 states already regulate and approve health insurance premiums, Sebelius claims that we need an additional, more centralized, protection against insurers’ unseemly ‘profit motive.’ But a far greater threat to the future of American republicanism is posed by the impulse that animates Sebelius and the bulk of the Obama administration: the power motive.