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04/20/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sebelius Expects Democratic Health Care Plan By Monday

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stressed the importance of reaching an actionable plan for health care reform at a news conference on Thursday that focused on recent rate hikes for healthcare premiums.

Sebelius also expressed optimism that a Democratic health plan would be unveiled before President Obama's health care summit on February 25. She expects Democrats to come together and form a single health-care proposal by Monday, which they will post online before the summit.

The Obama Administration has publicly criticized recent news that Anthem Blue Cross in California would be raising premiums -- up to 39 percent on some customers.

"I think this kind of rate increase gives a highlight to why the president said a year ago we need to address health reform, comprehensive health reform as part of addressing the economy," Sebelius said.

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