Sebelius Uses Giffords Tragedy to Defend Obamacare

Friday, 21 Jan 2011 07:50 PM

By David A. Patten

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Using a shooting tragedy to bolster a political argument, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius suggested Friday that Americans should support President Obama’s healthcare reforms if they want access to the quality of care received by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman recovering from a gunshot wound received during a Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead.

Speaking on MSNBC Friday, Sebelius said: “I think it's interesting to have this discussion right after you feature the transfer of Gabby Giffords from Tucson to Houston.

“All Americans should have that kind of health security, know that, God forbid, if some tragedy occurred to themselves or their families, they would have the best possible care …

“The members of Congress extended that to a lot of people in America who don’t yet enjoy that kind of health security for themselves and their family. And that’s really what this health discussion is about,” she said.

Sebelius has been leading the administration’s counter-attack against GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this month she appeared to couch Obamacare as a quasi-civil rights issue, telling the media: "Repeal really takes away all of those freedoms and shifts power back to the insurance companies."

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