Health Secretary Sebelius Visits Tampa to Tout Federal Health Care Overhaul

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in green, headlined the "State of Women's Health" panel discussion.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in green, headlined the "State of Women's Health" panel discussion.
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft, left, chats with Sebelius after the event.
University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft, left, chats with Sebelius after the event.
TAMPA (2012-02-02) -

President Obama's top health official is in Florida today. Secretary of Health and Human Services is touring the country to drum up support for the federal health care overhaul.

Kathleen Sebelius headlined a panel that included health care workers and everyday women. The idea is that if women get on board with the Affordable Care Act, then their families will follow.

Said Sebelius: "You can say to people, 'Do you like the health care law?' Many of them will say, 'Oh, absolutely not. That's terrible.' And then you say, 'Well, do you think insurance companies should have to insure folks regardless of a pre--' 'Oh, I like that.' 'Well, what about adding wellness benefits to Medicare and eliminating co-pays?" 'Oh, I like that.' 'What about under age 26?' Once people understand what's in the bill, they think it's a pretty good idea."

The discussion was held in downtown Tampa at the University of South Florida's new Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation.

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