The House Ways and Means Committee has subpoenaed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, demanding that she reveal details of how the agency is promoting the health reform law, according to the committee.
The election may have iced efforts to repeal the law on the whole, but House Republicans are indicating that they’re full speed ahead on intense oversight of how the Obama administration is enacting the legislation.
The subpoena demands that Sebelius turn over documents about how taxpayer dollars are being used to promote the law through public relations, advertising and message testing. The committee is asking for all documents covering the period from January 2008 to today.
It comes from committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) and oversight subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-La.), who is facing a run-off election next month.
Camp and Boustany sent a letter to Sebelius on Oct. 24, threatening a subpoena if documents were not handed over by Oct. 31. They sent an initial request to Sebelius for the material in June.