Former US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
"Now, I want to be clear: the Affordable Care Act is not a magic pill that will cure all the problems in our health care system. It will take time for all the benefits to kick in. And if you look at the history of major social legislation, you see that there are always revisions and adjustments along the way.
But this law is the biggest expansion in health care coverage since Medicare; the biggest middle class tax cut for health care in American history; the most aggressive health care cost-cutting law we’ve ever had; and the most ambitious health care innovation legislation I've ever seen, all rolled into one.
The more Americans learn about this legislation, the more they'll like it...
We have a great law. Now, we have to carry it out effectively."
"Health Reform and You: How the New Law Will Increase Your Health Security," www.hhs.gov, Apr. 5, 2010
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Involvement and Affiliations:
US Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Apr. 28, 2009-2014
Former Co-Chair, President's Food Safety Working Group
Former Co-Chair, Health Care Fraud Prevention and Action Team (HEAT)
Governor of Kansas, 2003-2009
Named one of "America's Top Five Governors" by TIME magazine, 2005
Kansas Insurance Commissioner, 1995-2003
Selected as "Public Official of the Year for 2000" by Governing magazine
Member, Kansas House of Representatives, 1987-1995