Q&A with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

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At a Sept. 30 Monitor breakfast, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act, misinformation about health-care reform, and the dangers of anonymous campaign cash.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius leads a department with a $900 billion budget that includes Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the National Institutes of Health. She was previously governor of Kansas. Secretary Sebelius was guest speaker at the Sept. 30 Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Misinformation about health-care reform:

"It's frustrating at times to talk to folks who still have no idea ... [and] are repeating some of the myths of the past. I remind myself that after 18 months of debate ... [and] a couple of hundred million dollars' worth of TV ads that drove misinformation, I shouldn't be surprised."

Progress in implementing the Affordable Care Act:

"The implementation ... has been going amazingly well for regulations that are basically being written by three agencies .. …