Transcript: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Mitt Romney


STEPHANOPOULOS: Good morning and welcome to this week.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: We have finally decided to fix what's broken about health care in America.


STEPHANOPOULOS: Health care heats up.


SEN. JON KYL, R-ARIZ.: We are opposed to a government plan, and the sooner it's off the table, the better.

(UNKNOWN): Those are two words we hear a lot today -- Washington


OBAMA: For those who criticize our efforts, I ask them, what's the alternative?


STEPHANOPOULOS: As President Obama begins his campaign, what are his bottom lines? We'll ask the Cabinet member in charge, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Plus, who leads the GOP?


ROMNEY: We're here to get ready for the battles we're going to win.


STEPHANOPOULOS: An exclusive interview with once, perhaps future candidate Mitt Romney.

And what do Iran's controversial elections mean for us? That and all the week's politics on our roundtable, with George Will, Donna Brazile, Ron Brownstein from the National Journal, and the Wall Street Journal's Kim Strassel.

And as always, the Sunday Funnies.


STEPHEN COLBERT: Saddam had fantastic taste. There was so much marble and gold paint, I thought I was watching "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."


STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello again. It makes up almost 20 percent of the economy, impacts every single American, and fixing health care is President Obama's top domestic priority. Congress could have its first votes on reform this week, and the president kicked off his lobbying effort on radio and YouTube yesterday, promising that every dime of his plan will be paid for.


OBAMA: Real reform will mean reductions in our long-term budget, and I've made a firm commitment that health care reform will not add to the federal deficit over the next decade.


STEPHANOPOULOS: And for more, I now welcome the secretary of health and human services, Kathleen Sebelius. Good morning.

SEBELIUS: Good morning.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let's begin with the bottom lines of the president. So far, he's been making the broad case for health care reform. Says it's up to Congress to fill in the details, but he just said he has a firm commitment not to increase the deficit. Does that mean that the president will veto any legislation that is not fully paid for?

SEBELIUS: I think, George, he is very serious about having health reform this year and having it paid for. And what is going on right now is exactly what needs to happen. Congress is fully engaged in, figuring out the details of this proposal, working closely with the president, and he's already put on the table, the president has put on the table about $900 billion. Some of that saving from existing programs that we've used to drive quality and expand coverage, and other from a proposal that we alter the minimum tax, that we go back to the deductions of the Ronald Reagan era for the richest Americans, minimize the itemized deductions, and come up with about $300 billion. So he's very...

STEPHANOPOULOS: But the Congress has rejected -- hasn't acted on these parts...

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