From NBC's Betsy Cline and Stacey Klein
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
said she expects a single Democratic health-care proposal to be posted
online before the president's Feb. 25 health care summit. The proposal,
a merging of the efforts of the House and Senate, she said, will
include "some of the best ideas and put them into a framework."
Sebelius also criticized Republicans for not putting forth any ideas of their own.
"The Democrats have actually been engaged
looking for solutions for over a year," she said, "The Republican Party
has not come to the table with any sort of comprehensive proposal."
Sebelius spoke at a news conference today about
increased rates for health-care premiums. She said though the economy
is down, insurance companies are still collecting billions in profits.
Calling the rate hikes "wildly excessive," the secretary called for
more transparency and state action.
Echoing the president, Sebelius said, "We won't fix the economy without fixing health care."