Sebelius still facing political fights on Obamacare

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted during a program at Harvard University last week how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act and the re-election of President Obama haven’t ended the attacks on Obamacare. “The politics has been relentless and continuous,” she said. “We find ourselves still having sort of state-by-state political battles.” That includes in Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback still hasn’t decided whether to allow a federal expansion of Medicaid. Sebelius cited some of the benefits of ACA that are already in place (such as 6 million young adults being able to remain on their parents’ insurance policies and more than 70 million people receiving preventive health services without a co-pay). She also argued that many critics won’t acknowledge how much our health care system needed reform. “Prior to the Affordable Care Act,” she said, “America spent just about twice as much as any developed country per capita on health care, and our health results looked like we were a developing country.” But is ACA fixing that or making it worse?