Health Repeal Will Fail, Administration Official Tells Seattle Conference

Repeal of the health-care reform law would strip patients of consumer protections already in force, drive up Medicare beneficiaries’ drug costs, and add $1 trillion to the U.S. federal deficit, a senior administration official told attendees at a health-care policy conference in Seattle this week.

The official, Susan Johnson, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) region X, made her comments in a speech to 2011 State of Reform Washington Health Policy Conference held in Seattle last Wednesday.

Johnson’s office oversees DHHS operations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Before becoming regional DHHS director, Johnson had been director of the King County Health Action Plan for the Public Health Department in Seattle and King County and on Washington State Health Care Policy Board.

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