Forget Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or Oprah Winfrey. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius may be “the most powerful woman in America” because of the health reform act, wrote National Review’s Rich Lowry, noting the hundreds of times the law says the secretary “shall” and “may” decide things. Also mentioning the Environmental Protection Agency’s plans to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, over congressional objections, Lowry concluded: “All of this is deeply corrosive of self-government. From ‘we the people’ to ‘the secretary may’ is a triumph of bureaucracy over republicanism.”
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