CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that America’s health is a matter of national security and that she’s optimistic the Supreme Court will uphold the nation’s health care reform law.
During a visit to the South Carolina coast, Sebelius spoke with a black nurses group and then was to attend a conference on improving access to health care.
The nation’s health “really is an issue of national security,” she told the nurses group, adding that a healthy, productive work force “is an essential part of our prosperity.”
She told reporters later that “there’s no question in this global economy when we’re competing with nations across the globe we need all 300 million Americans to be equipped and fully participating in society. If we have a population that is handicapped by chronic disease or managing disease or absent from work, it harms not only their health by the harms the productivity of our country.”sat on a report, from the nonpolitical government's Medicare’s Office of the Actuary, which found the Democrats health care bill actually bent the cost curve up and would cause 14 million Americans to lose employer based health coverage.