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 カンザス知事キャスリン・セベリウスの保健福祉省長官指名は、上院財務委員会の公聴会を終えたが、一部共和党議員の反対により承認は月末まで延期されそうである。
 新しい公的な保険計画を作成することへの支持を断言し、消費者には追加のオプションを提供するだろうと言った。いくつかの大都市圏では、1社または2社の保険会社が市場の圧倒的なシェアを持っているので、消費者はほとんどの選択権を持っていないと言う。従来からある私的保険と州が資金提供し承認された公的医療プログラムの間で30を超える州は選択を従業員に提供していると言った。カンザスその他の州で、「非常に効果的に働いており」「市場の破壊は全然なかった」と付け加えた。
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Fast Vote Is Unlikely on Health Dept. Pick
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/03/us/politics/03sebelius.html
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: April 2, 2009

WASHINGTON ― Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas appeared Thursday to be headed for confirmation as health and human services secretary, but several Republican senators objected to an immediate vote, so the Senate is unlikely to take up the nomination until later this month.

画像Doug Mills/The New York Times
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, nominee for health secretary, at her confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Ms. Sebelius sailed through a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday without encountering any difficult questions about her income taxes or her views on abortion.

The committee chairman, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, said he looked forward to swift approval of Ms. Sebelius. But Republicans later asked that the committee defer action, meaning that the full Senate would probably not vote before lawmakers leave town on Friday for a two-week spring break.

Senators of both parties submitted dozens of written questions to Ms. Sebelius on Thursday and want to review her answers before voting.

She said her success in dealing with the Republican majority in the Kansas Legislature and her experience as state insurance commissioner had prepared her to work with Congress in overhauling the health care system.

Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Finance Committee, said Ms. Sebelius had “addressed some tax irregularities.” But neither Mr. Grassley nor other committee members suggested that the tax problems disqualified her.

Ms. Sebelius disclosed Tuesday that she and her husband had recently paid $7,040 in back taxes and $878 in interest after discovering “unintentional errors” in their returns for 2005-7.

Seven conservative organizations, including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women for America, issued a statement on Thursday that criticized Ms. Sebelius for supporting abortion rights. The statement, which opposed her nomination, said the governor “may not pay her own taxes but has no qualms about using tax dollars to pay for others’ abortions.”

Senators did not press Ms. Sebelius to explain her record on abortion. Her views on the issue appear to be generally similar to those of President Obama, who as a presidential candidate endorsed a woman’s right to an abortion. Lawmakers did, however, repeatedly ask her about various proposals to expand health insurance coverage and rein in health costs.

Ms. Sebelius affirmed her support for creating a new public insurance plan, which would compete with private insurers.

The public plan would provide an additional option to consumers, Ms. Sebelius said. In some metropolitan areas, she said, consumers have few choices because one or two insurance companies have overwhelming shares of the market. More than 30 states offer their own employees a choice between traditional private insurance and a public health plan financed and underwritten by the state, Ms. Sebelius said. In Kansas and other states, she added, this approach “operates very effectively” and “there has been no destruction of the marketplace.”

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