Oops. Not Quite True

Ms. Sebelius said she only discussed funding with the tax-preparation firm H&R Block and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, two organizations that are not regulated by HHS. HHS acknowledged seeking funds from the two entities last month and has said the secretary hasn’t asked for any money from companies or entities the HHS regulates. (WSJ)

But HHS will have a lot to say about how easy or difficult it will be for H&R Block to enroll people in subsidized health insurance. HHS could make H&R Block’s life miserable if it chooses to do so.

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  1. Jack says:

    I thought I paid H&R Block to be miserable so that I didn’t have to be..

  2. Roget says:

    It’s a little upsetting that HHS is better at navigating loopholes than the IRS.

    • Scott Yard says:

      That is only because the people smart enough to navigate loopholes in the tax system won’t work for the government, because they can make more money with private businesses.

  3. August says:

    If we are talking appearance of corruption, there are much much bigger fish out there – committee members I’m looking at you.

  4. Rocky says:

    I am very disappointed by all this IRS garbage. I was hoping that the corruption and tomfoolery would stop.

  5. Tom says:

    Interesting…I wonder how this contention would or will play out if it holds true.

  6. Studebaker says:

    H&R Block is often thought of as an example of a way to screen people for Health Exchange subsidies. H&R Block has a business model where it gouges poor people who are willing to pay exorbitant fees in return for getting their EITC and / or refund on the spot rather than wait a few weeks. Why would H&R Block donate money to HHS unless there’s some potential for business later.