Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government health insurance plan proposed by the Obama administration would increase competition and drive down costs.
Sebelius says President Barack Obama does not want to dismantle
privately owned plans and does not want the 180 million people who
have employer coverage to lose their insurance. She said he wants
to strengthen the marketplace.
She says that in many parts of the U.S., especially rural areas,
private insurers have no competition to help keep costs in check.
Supporters of a government plan say it would pressure private
insurers to keep premiums reasonable. But opponents say a
government plan would lead to a Washington takeover of the health
Sebelius appeared Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."