What this article fails to mention is that Kathleen Sebelius is, herself, Roman Catholic. So why does the Catholic church allow Catholic officials to persecute the Catholic church with impunity? Why not excommunicate her?
She has been threatened with ecclesiastical sanctions in the past, but apparently that's just an empty threat. No follow through. Just the usual thumb-twiddling and hand-wringing by ineffectual bishops:
As usual, we have the specter of pious lay Catholics like Ken Blackwell who stick up for their denomination while the official representatives of his denomination sit on their hands, hemming and hawing.