|21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services|
April 28, 2009 â€“ June 9, 2014
|Preceded by||Mike Leavitt|
|Succeeded by||Sylvia Mathews Burwell|
|44th Governor of Kansas|
January 13, 2003 â€“ April 28, 2009
|Preceded by||Bill Graves|
|Succeeded by||Mark Parkinson|
|23rd Insurance Commissioner of Kansas|
January 9, 1995 â€“ January 13, 2003
|Preceded by||Ronald Todd|
|Succeeded by||Sandy Praeger|
|Member of the Kansas House of Representatives|
May 15, 1948
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Trinity Washington University
University of Kansas, Lawrence
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.
There's a digital revolution taking place both in and out of government in favor of open-sourced data, innovation, and collaboration.
Being a mother is no longer a liability, and being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Global health issues remind us – perhaps more than any other issue – that we are all children of the same extended family.
From 1965 to 1967, my dad, Jack Gilligan, served in Congress and helped pass landmark laws like the Voting Rights Act.
Insurance companies can no longer refuse to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions. That's what change looks like.
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.
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.
I know how tough it is to stand up to powerful forces that prey on consumers.
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.
I've spent my career fighting the worst practices of insurance companies.
Although black and white Americans live, work, and learn together now, there is still injustice in America.
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.
American research and resources have literally changed the face of humanity, by tackling deadly and once-deadly diseases.
We have an opportunity to create a future where we are actually encouraging providers to keep people away from acute care, whenever possible.
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.
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.
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.
We've been finding that when you empower engineers, scientists, and coders, they respond by creating new tools to empower physicians, patients, and parents.
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.
Insurance companies can no longer refuse to cover Americans with pre-existing conditions.
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.
I believe we all agree that, for the health of Kansas, nothing is more important than education.
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.
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.