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Ohio Native Who Shepherded Obamacare Praises Kasich's Call for Bipartisan Fixes

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The former Ohioan who was heading the federal Health and Human Services Department when the Affordable Care Act launched in 2010 is touring the country talking about it.

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is the daughter of the late Gov. John Gilligan. She’s also a Democratic former governor herself, of Kansas. So Sebelius likes the idea of Ohio’s Republican governor.

John Kasich teaming with Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on a plan on health insurance to share with other governors.

“You have 31 governors who have expanded Medicaid and frankly, those governors have been very much hands-on with the expansion of health care across their states,” she said.

The Kasich-Hickenlooper proposal won’t deal with Medicaid expansion – instead, the governors say they’re focused on stabilizing insurance markets. But Sebelius says that’s a good place to start.

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets. She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.