Last updated on: 10/9/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Kathleen Sebelius, MPA Biography

Title:
Former US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary
Position:
Pro to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“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

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
  • Director, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 1978-1986
  • Aide, Kansas Department of Corrections, 1975-1977
Education:
  • MPA (Master of Public Administration), University of Kansas, 1977
  • BA, Trinity Washington University, 1970
Other:
  • Born in Cincinnati, OH, on May 15, 1948
Quoted in:
  1. Will the quality of care from public health programs such as Medicare and Medicaid improve?
  2. Is Obamacare financially burdensome for businesses?
  3. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?