Former Kansas governor and Obama administration official Kathleen Sebelius participated Wednesday in a bus tour of her childhood home state of Ohio to build momentum against a Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius, who served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during implementation of the ACA under President Barack Obama, said voters ought to press Ohio and Kansas members of Congress to put defense of quality health care above election politics. “I have a great deal of trouble with people who seem to be in a position that party loyalty and politics is more important than people’s lives,” Sebelius said in an interview. “That is not only about the Affordable Care Act, but also about the Medicaid initiative. I’ve been disheartened.” The U.S. House and U.S. Senate failed to reach consensus on legislation eliminating or modifying the ACA. The entire Kansas congressional delegation voted to either repeal or overhaul Obamacare. Since taking office in 2011, Gov. Sam Brownback has blocked Medicaid expansion to an estimated 150,000 people. The governor vetoed a Medicaid expansion measure adopted by the 2017 Legislature. In a veto message, Brownback said the cost of broadening participation in Medicaid was “irresponsible and unsustainable” at a time when the state was struggling with a deep revenue shortfall. “There is a certain moral part of this debate,” Sebelius said. “Providing health care to the neediest folks, I thought that was something we believed in. I am baffled by some representatives.”