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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expects U.S. House to challenge health care law

November 29, 2010, 2:54 p.m. Updated November 29, 2010, 3:53 p.m.

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— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius predicted Monday that the U.S. House will pass a bill to repeal the health care reform law but said she doubts the effort will clear the Senate or that a court challenge against the law will be successful.

The former two-term Kansas governor, who delivered a Landon Lecture Monday at Kansas State University, expressed confidence that the sweeping legislation she helped craft will remain the law.

The U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately find the law's mandate for every American to have insurance is constitutional under the commerce clause, she said.

"This is a fairly novel point in law," Sebelius said.

Sebelius she is used to working with Republicans and looks forward to working with the House and others to implement the new law. Republicans controlled both chambers of the Kansas Legislature during her administration.

"I've never worked with a Democratic majority until I got to Washington," she said. "We will actively engage with folks."

Sebelius said she has not spoken to Republican Gov.-elect Sam Brownback about the law or his opposition to it. Brownback has vowed to do the minimum as governor to implement the law and says he will resist changes as often as possible.

Brownback takes office in January after the retirement of Democrat Gov. Mark Parkinson, who replaced Sebelius in 2009 when she was appointed HHS secretary.

Kansas is likely to join other states in challenging the law. Republican Attorney General-elect Derek Schmidt is reviewing the law and has said his administration would file to join other litigation shortly after taking office in January. But she said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been involved in Washington in helping implement the law and the new regulations.

"Where Kansas will end up is a little hard to tell in the long run," Sebelius said of the affects of the law and its challenges.

The new federal health care law, along with slow economic growth, was a factor in the November election that saw Republicans take control of the U.S. House. The new GOP majority has vowed to send repeal legislation to the Senate and President Barack Obama weekly until changes are made.

But Sebelius said the more Americans go beyond "cable news" descriptions of the law and learn what it means to them for coverage, more understand that there are good aspects worth considering.

"The conversation changes," she said.

Sebelius devoted much of her address to a crowd about 400 at Kansas State to discussing the health care law and six areas of concentration, including cancer research, obesity, information technology and medical countermeasures to biological attack or pandemic disease outbreak.

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kansanjayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

It is amazing how liberal Kansas went with Sebelius! What were we thinking...

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jstthefacts 3 years, 4 months ago

Maybe if you weren't so wrong all the time it would be easier for you to cope with people pointing it out to you. My reading comprehension has nothing to do with your gibberish. Its all on you. However, your reading comprehension needs plenty of improvement. Here lets try this one last time and maybe you can comprehend it this time. I don't don't listen to and or or watch madkow or olberman. Thats a fox thing you always get caught up on.

Maybe you have some friends (doubtful) or a self help group you could seek some help from for your obnoxious and childidh behavior you can't control when someone disagrees with you. It is overwhelming. You really should at least stop posting until you can develop some maturity necessary to be able to cope with people disagreeing with you. Done with you until you can show some maturity and behave like an adult

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notajayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

"But Sebelius said the more Americans go beyond "cable news" descriptions of the law and learn what it means to them for coverage, more understand that there are good aspects worth considering."

And yet, gee, opposition to the legislation is about the same as it was before it was passed, Kathy. Go figure. Maybe because that for every one that goes "beyond "cable news" descriptions of the law and learn what it means to them for coverage", there's another one that goes beyond the administration's propaganda and learns what it's gonna' cost us?

Or maybe the problem is that Congress shouldn't have forced through a mess that, a year later, people are still trying to figure out - amazing when one considers that our fine Democratic legislators seemed to be able to digest the whole 2600+ pages and all their ramifications overnight before voting on it.

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notajayhawk 3 years, 4 months ago

"But she said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been involved in Washington in helping implement the law and the new regulations."

Hmm. Now where are all the people who complain about Kobach working on projects outside the state, when he hasn't even started his job as SecState?

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Ray Parker 3 years, 4 months ago

You haven't worked with Republicans this ANGRY at you yet, Bilious Sebelius.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 4 months ago

We do desperately need health care reform, but not the kind we got. What we got was more of the poison, not the cure. Killing Obamacare and doing nothing else would be better than leaving it.

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ksrush 3 years, 4 months ago

Afford / need. At least if Obamacare cant be done away with defunding looks like a good option.

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sputum 3 years, 4 months ago

All the lawmakers in favor of healthcare reform should start an initial users group and try out their own plan. Once they have all the bugs worked out and are satisified with the healthcare they are getting, they should roll it out the the rest of the users.

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HW 3 years, 4 months ago

"The former two-term Kansas governor".

Shouldn't that read "the former 1 1/2 term Kansas governor".

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

Expecting a copy/pasting flurry from the usual suspect........

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Godot 3 years, 4 months ago

"But she said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been involved in Washington in helping implement the law and the new regulations."

sellout or mole, not sure which.

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Agnostick 3 years, 4 months ago

"HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expects U.S. House to challenge health care law"

With what?

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Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 4 months ago

You that want this Obamacare crap must have not spent much time overseas.

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 4 months ago

I'm soooo glad the GOP is going to spend so much of their time and taxpayer dollars trying to undo these changes that were desperately needed.

HINT: You should be trying to improve the Health Care System overhaul, not kill it, Idiots!!! For the love of God, make the public option available!!!

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