Gee, we wish David Gregory had challenged the secretary on those points. His interview would have been far more useful if he had done so. Gregory did try to bore down on the tax on Cadillac health plans, asking about the increased spending for subsidies under the bill without any savings materializing from the tax until 2018. On this one, too, Sebelius was her usual media-trained self. But, then again, a campaign stump speech is a campaign stump speech.

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Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.