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Democrats embrace, defend Medicare
HHS secretary and daughter of Ohio governor says it is not an abstract to her
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Mark Urycki
Kathleen Sebelius says former Ohio Gov. John Gilligan -- her dad -- knows the benefits of Medicare first hand.
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Democrats are fiercely defending Medicare at their convention in Charlotte this week, and perhaps none for fiercely than Kathleen Sebelius. She’s the former Kansas governor who is now secretary of Health and Human Services.

She’s also the daughter of John Gilligan, and told the Ohio delegation Tuesday that gives her a special connection to them and to the program that Republicans are talking about changing over to private vouchers.

SEBELIUS on Jack Gilligan and Medicare

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“Some of you know our father, Jack Gilligan, who was – I might say – a great governor of the state of Ohio. He’s now 91. He was in Congress, sat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, during the years that Medicare was written into law. So he helped to shape that law, he helped to pass that law. And I can tell you at 91, he’s really glad he did because he is a happy beneficiary of Medicare.” 

As health secretary, Sebelius is also charged with implementation of the national healthcare act passed under President Obama, which Republicans fiercely criticized at their convention in Tampa last week.

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