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Kathleen Sebelius
21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
April 28, 2009 â€“ June 9, 2014
President Barack Obama
Deputy Bill Corr
Preceded by Mike Leavitt
Succeeded by Sylvia Mathews Burwell
44th Governor of Kansas
In office
January 13, 2003 â€“ April 28, 2009
Lieutenant John Moore
Mark Parkinson
Preceded by Bill Graves
Succeeded by Mark Parkinson
23rd Insurance Commissioner of Kansas
In office
January 9, 1995 â€“ January 13, 2003
Governor Bill Graves
Preceded by Ronald Todd
Succeeded by Sandy Praeger
Member of the Kansas House of Representatives
In office
1987-1995
Personal details
Born Kathleen Gilligan
(1948-05-15) May 15, 1948 (age 68)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Gary Sebelius
Alma mater Trinity Washington University
University of Kansas, Lawrence
Religion Roman Catholicism

General Motors spends more on health care than steel.
To me, part of the magic of this era is that the very same innovations, discoveries, and technologies that are allowing us to live longer, healthier lives are also creating a healthier economy.
Kathleen Sebelius
The essence of good government is trust.
There's a digital revolution taking place both in and out of government in favor of open-sourced data, innovation, and collaboration.
Kathleen Sebelius
Being a mother is no longer a liability, and being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition!
Kathleen Sebelius
If you're under 26, you can stay on your parents' plan. You can go back to school or get extra training without fear of a health catastrophe bankrupting your family. Over three million previously uninsured young adults are now on their parents' plans.
Kathleen Sebelius
I was governor of Kansas when Mitt Romney was governor of Massachusetts.
If your voices are not heard, you can be sure that many others will be – in particular those who are paid to present a point of view, and often do it most effectively.
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Being a mother is no longer a liability, and being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition! That's what change looks like.
Kathleen Sebelius
But the dollars spent on economic incentives and new investment strategies are wasted unless we seriously address the two most important economic issues in Kansas: education and health care.
Kathleen Sebelius
Global health issues remind us – perhaps more than any other issue – that we are all children of the same extended family.
Kathleen Sebelius
From 1965 to 1967, my dad, Jack Gilligan, served in Congress and helped pass landmark laws like the Voting Rights Act.
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Insurance companies can no longer refuse to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions. That's what change looks like.
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I think one of the most underreported and untouted benefits of the Affordable Care Act is the real investments we are finally making in this country in prevention.
Kathleen Sebelius
But wishing our Kansas soldiers 'God speed' is not enough. We need to comfort, care for, and protect their families. And we should ease the financial burdens that these families often face.
Kathleen Sebelius
I know how tough it is to stand up to powerful forces that prey on consumers.
Kathleen Sebelius

The essence of good government is trust.
The men and women who serve this great nation, whether they are stationed in Iraq, Fort Riley, or the Korean Peninsula, or they serve us at home as our community first responders, serve because they believe in America.
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I've spent my career fighting the worst practices of insurance companies.
Kathleen Sebelius
Although black and white Americans live, work, and learn together now, there is still injustice in America.
Kathleen Sebelius
If you're self-employed, between jobs, or can't get insurance through work, you'll have access to affordable health insurance as good as Congressman Paul Ryan's.
Kathleen Sebelius
American research and resources have literally changed the face of humanity, by tackling deadly and once-deadly diseases.
Kathleen Sebelius
We have an opportunity to create a future where we are actually encouraging providers to keep people away from acute care, whenever possible.
Kathleen Sebelius
What we've been finding is that when you remove the barriers to innovation, you can actually hold costs down while lifting entrepreneurs up and getting better health results.
Kathleen Sebelius
And under Obamacare, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against women. Before, some wouldn't cover women's most basic needs, like contraception and maternity care, but would still charge us up to 50 percent more than men – for a worse plan.
Kathleen Sebelius
But for us Democrats, Obamacare is a badge of honor. Because no matter who you are, what stage of life you're in, this law is a good thing.
Kathleen Sebelius
We've been finding that when you empower engineers, scientists, and coders, they respond by creating new tools to empower physicians, patients, and parents.
Kathleen Sebelius
We have by far the most expensive health system in the world. We spend 50 percent more per person than the next most costly nation. Americans spend more on health care than housing or food.
Kathleen Sebelius
Insurance companies can no longer refuse to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Kathleen Sebelius
In many ways, human health is the great global connector.
In this 21st century world, some of our country's most significant exports and imports extend beyond goods and services: They also include innovation, knowledge, discovery, and healing.
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I believe we all agree that, for the health of Kansas, nothing is more important than education.
Kathleen Sebelius
More than five million seniors have already saved money on their prescription drugs, and almost 33 million have benefited from free preventive services. The president cracked down hard on Medicare and health care fraud, recovering a record-breaking $10.7 billion over the last three years, protecting our seniors. That's what change looks like.
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A healthy state encourages many voices - and lots of listening.
While closing our innovation gaps won't solve all our problems, we have some very real opportunities to improve the quality of care that's delivered to millions of Americans.
Kathleen Sebelius