Sebelius Asked For Questions. And Boy Did She Get Them.
On Facebook today, Healthcare.gov posted a note that said, "HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be available exclusively to WebMD readers to answers [sic] questions. Please post your questions on this Facebook page or you can post them on the WebMD blog. Tune in to watch Secretary Sebelius share her answers with us live on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 1:30 p.m Eastern time."
The first few questions were along these lines:
Tony Hausnerwhat can we do to maximize getting this message out? and getting the message out as to the incredible accomplishment President Obama has made in passing the Affordable Care Act
But then, around question 11, there was a dramatic change. All of a sudden there were 300+ questions from women that went more like this:
Brenda True Just a few questions for Ms. Sebelius: • How is the Administration working to address the concerns this mandate brings for women and families who value religion?
• Why has the HHS refused to engage the enormous body of data showing a correlation between increased rates of unintended pregnancies and non-marital birhts, and government driven birth control programs?
• How are you working to accommodate religious employers and private employers who conscientiously object to covering contraception, abortifacients, and sterilizations?
• Why does the Administration continue to ignore what this mandate means for women and families who value religion?
I embedded above just one page-length of dozens that you'll find if you go the link above. Nearly all of the questions were about the health care law's threats to religious liberty.
I'm listening to the actual Q&A now. I'll update the post once we find out how she answered the deluge of questions about religious liberty threats caused by the HHS mandate requiring people to provide insurance that covers abortion drugs, contraception and sterilization even if their conscience forbids it.