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Roberts doesn't have Sebelius' ear on reform

As a member of the two U.S. Senate committees tasked with crafting health reform bills, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has played the critic more than the architect, objecting noisily on cost and other grounds. That's probably why he hasn't been a go-to guy for reform champion and former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, the Democrat now leading President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services. "Even though we know each other very well, she knows how I feel about how health reform, so she's trying to go where she can get votes," Roberts told the Kansas Health Institute News Service. "I would welcome — if she had the time — at least an hour discussion to go over these facts (about health reform) with the secretary. I can't imagine if she were still in her previous role that she wouldn't be jumping up and down about all this." Perhaps, but Gov. Mark Parkinson has strongly advocated reform.