"The Republicans feel strongly that insurance companies should have less regulation than they do now, less consumer protection, less oversight," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "The president feels strongly that we need to change the rules of the road, that we can no longer have a private health system where insurance companies get to pick and choose, where they can lock people out and price people out. And that's really one of the fundamental divides." Sebelius also disputed the contention by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that Democrats are using budget tricks to hide the true cost of health reform. Sebelius noted how the Congressional Budget Office determined that the reform bill would reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next 20 years. "This is hardly a gimmick," Sebelius said. She also argued that the status quo on abortion wouldn't change. "Neither the Senate or the House bill has any federal funding for abortion, none," she said.
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