Amid a wash of government scandals, America is vulnerable right now. Actions taken by the IRS have left us feeling utterly degraded by the Obama administration.
And another Washington scandal we see brewing won't make Americans feel any more comfortable about the power granted in our nation's capital.
You see, there's an unelected official who is known as a bad actor, and she's about to be granted broad, undefined power over the people of this country.
The source of her power: Obamacare.
I'm talking about the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, who come 2014 could be in charge of your health care.
Who is Kathleen Sebelius?
Before I explain the brewing Sebelius scandal, I want to take a closer look at her notorious track record for abuse of power.
Here are five notable examples:
#1: Bullied insurers into using false information
Sebelius threatened to put health insurance companies that didn't toe the party line out of business.
In 2010, insurers sent letters to customers warning them of potential premium hikes due to Obamacare. Sebelius slapped these insurers' wrists, staunchly declaring that premiums would increase no more than 2% and that the insurers 'may be excluded from health insurance Exchanges in 2014' if they continue misbehaving.
Meanwhile, her own agency HHS predicted premium increases of up to 7%.
#2: Violated Hatch Act
In 2012, Sebelius was reprimanded by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from using their office to engage in political activity.
At a meeting of the Human Rights Campaign, Sebelius used fear tactics, threatening voters to support President Obama and other democrats.
Probably no coincidence she made the remarks in the city that would shortly after host the DNC.
#3: Illegally diverted funds
Also in 2012, the Government Accountability Office issued a finding "…that HHS failed to demonstrate that it had the legal authority to divert $8.3 billion to finance a program that helped temporarily offset the impact of Medicare Advantage cuts during an election year."
#4: Violated ethics laws
Amid all the other Obama admin scandals, Sebelius was recently found soliciting funds for Enroll America.
Enroll America is a non-profit that makes sure people sign up for Obamacare coverage options. Some say that Obamacare's success or failure will depend on Enroll America's performance.
Sebelius' fundraising actions make Enroll America seem like an extension of the White House – in fact, it's even headed by a former White House aide.
This has placed enormous, inappropriate pressure on insurers to 'pay to play' in order to secure favorable regulatory decisions and avoid reprisals.
Moreover, federal law bars officials from soliciting any organization or individual with whom they do business or regulate. Eyebrows are raised at Sebelius' hush-hush fundraising call list.
When it comes down to it, Sebelius is unfairly pressuring insurers and possibly also recklessly violating federal ethics laws.
#5: Deliberately bypassed Congress
Sebelius is doing an end-run around Congress to obtain funding for Enroll America.
The Washington Post quoted an HHS spokesman last week saying, "We requested additional money [from Congress]…but we didn't receive any additional funding for the exchanges. So we had to come up with a Plan B."
On May 23, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) likened Sebelius' power play to the Oliver North Iran-Contra affair.
Last month, chairmen on five congressional committees in both houses of Congress asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate.
The last thing we want Sebelius to have is more power, but that's exactly what she's about to get come 2014. Here's why.