Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, President Barack Obamas choice to head HHS and usher in a massive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system, provided federal lawmakers with additional details on roughly $8,000 in back taxes and interest paid by her and her husband, Gary.
In a written response to members of the Senate Finance Committee, Sebelius said that as governor, she has incurred expenses for staff and business lunches and dinners, and for travel for business meetings that were related to my occupation but not necessarily related to my duties as governor of Kansas.
The couple also removed deductions previously filed for a home computer, a newspaper subscription, club dues and a personal trip, the governor said.
The mistakes, called a nonissue by the committees chairman Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), nevertheless drew comparisons to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, whose bid for the same post was scuttled after it was revealed he had to pay about $140,000 in back taxes.
Sebelius also said that she would focus on expanding coverage; revamp the way Medicare pays for healthcare; tackle fraud and abuse within the program; and increase the number of primary-care doctors and other healthcare workers in rural communities.