Kathleen Sebelius Predicts The Public Will Warm To Health Reform, John McCain Vows To Keep Fighting
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she believes people who remain skeptical about the massive health care reform that has passed Congress will feel better as they learn more about it.
Interviewed the morning after Democrats pushed it through on a 219-212 vote, Sebelius suggested that public resistance to the legislation largely is the result of statements Republican opponents and insurance industry figures have made about it.
She told CBS's "The Early Show" she thought "what's been going on for the better part of the year is a lot of attempts to confuse and scare Americans." Sebelius said people "will be happy" with the legislation once they learn more about how it changes the rules governing how insurance companies operate.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain says Democrats who championed the historic health care bill that passed the House haven't heard the last of the issue, predicting reprisals at the polls and in the courts.
Interviewed Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," McCain repeated House Republican assertions that the transformative legislation amounts to a "government takeover" of health care.
The Arizona Republican declared that Republicans "will challenge it every place we can," and called the measure, approved on a 219-212 vote, "terribly wrong for America." He said he was repulsed by "all this euphoria going on" and argued that "outside the Beltway, the American people are very angry. They don't like it and we're going to repeal this."
Rep. Patrick Kennedy said his late father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, would have been very proud to see the culimination of his dream of virtual universal health care for the country.
Kennedy, who was also interviewed Monday morning on "Good Morning America," said his father "always believed that our country was about expanding opportunity for more and more Americans. ... As he said, this is the unfinished business of America."
The Rhode Island Democrat, who has said he will not run for re-election, called the bill which passed the House Sunday a "consumer protection" measure that will help middle-class Americans who are too well off to qualify for Medicaid, too young to get into Medicare and not rich enough to buy any coverage they prefer.