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Sebelius predicts ‘hand-to-hand combat’ on health law

Speaking at the annual Association of Health Care Journalists conference in Chicago, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, predicted an "ongoing hand-to-hand combat" with health insurers over elements of the new sweeping health care legislation.

Thomas Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also addressed conference attendees, presenting a newly issued report outlining the states' progress in fighting smoking. The report, subtitled "The Good, the Bad and the Improving," said national smoking rates had leveled off after years of declines.

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