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Ex-HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius endorses Hillary Clinton

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

"I just feel that she's the only person, frankly, in the field of candidates who has the experience and background that prepares her nationally and internationally to be the leader of the country," she said in an interview with the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Sebelius, who oversaw the rollout of Obamacare in the fall of 2013, served in President Obama's cabinet with Clinton when she served as secretary of state.

"As a mother, a grandmother and a former public servant, who had the privilege of serving with Hillary in the president's Cabinet, I can think of nothing more important than ensuring our next president is someone who will protect and build upon the progress made by President Obama over the past eight years," said Sebelius, who also served as the governor of Kansas.

Kansas holds its Democratic caucuses on March 5.

Sebelius endorsed Mr. Obama in 2008, served as HHS secretary from the beginning of the Obama administration and resigned from that position in April 2014.

While Clinton has embraced Obamacare, and has said she wants to build on it, she has accused rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, of proposing to get rid of the healthcare program and starting from scratch to create a Medicare-for-all program.

  • Rebecca Shabad

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