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Sebelius Expects Democratic Health Care Plan By Monday

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius stressed the importance of reaching an actionable plan for health care reform at a news conference on Thursday that focused on recent rate hikes for healthcare premiums.

Sebelius also expressed optimism that a Democratic health plan would be unveiled before President Obama's health care summit on February 25. She expects Democrats to come together and form a single health-care proposal by Monday, which they will post online before the summit.

The Obama Administration has publicly criticized recent news that Anthem Blue Cross in California would be raising premiums -- up to 39 percent on some customers.

"I think this kind of rate increase gives a highlight to why the president said a year ago we need to address health reform, comprehensive health reform as part of addressing the economy," Sebelius said.