Sebelius’ Georgetown kerfuffle
A love of government work and family apparently drove HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision to accept a controversial invitation to address a graduating class at one of the nation’s highest-profile Roman Catholic universities.
Sebelius accepted an invitation last week to address graduates of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on May 18. The invitation has spawned protests by Catholic groups upset about an HHS healthcare reform mandate this year that initially required Catholic universities and hospitals to provide birth control coverage that they view as violating their core moral beliefs.
But when asked about the controversy after an address last week on health policy in school settings at the National Press Club, Sebelius focused on her reasons for speaking at the university. “I was delighted to be invited to honor public servants,” Sebelius said. “I’ve been in public service all of my life. These are students who are dedicated to going into public service. I’m the daughter of a public servant. I’m also the mom of a double Georgetown grad and married to a Georgetown law student. So I’m very pleased to be able to accept the invitation.”