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AMA Congratulates Gov. Sebelius as HHS Secretary

For immediate release:
April 28, 2009

Statement attributable to:
Nancy Nielsen, MD
President, American Medical Association

“The American Medical Association congratulates Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on her confirmation as Health and Human Services secretary, and we look forward to working with her, the administration and Congress to improve the health care system for all Americans. In Gov. Sebelius' roles as insurance commissioner and governor, she demonstrated the leadership skills required to direct HHS and help implement health system reform. During her time as governor, she showed her commitment to health care reform by expanding access to care for children. As insurance commissioner, she helped preserve competition and choice in the health care marketplace by halting a problematic health insurance merger in the state.

“In these tough economic times, the need for health system reform that provides coverage and high quality, affordable health care for all Americans is clear. It’s time to strengthen the public-private mix of health insurance and achieve greater value from the nation’s health care spending.”

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Contact:
Katherine M. Hatwell
AMA Media Relations
202-789-7419

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