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President Obama Announces Sebelius Resignation, Successor

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President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.
The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.
The move comes more than a week after the close of sign-ups for insurance coverage on the law.
Burwell's nomination requires Senate confirmation.  

Sebelius says the government is making "tremendous progress" toward fixing what she called a broken health system.

Sebelius commented after President Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet.

The former Kansas governor says her work at HHS is the most meaningful she's ever been a part of. She called it "the cause of my life."

There was one more glitch on her way out the door. Sebelius lost her way while reading her statement, then said: "Unfortunately, a page is missing."

The Senate's top Republican is welcoming the resignation. Mitch McConnell says he hopes it marks the start of a "candid conversation" about what he calls "Obamacare's shortcomings and the need to protect Medicare."
McConnell's statement appears to indicate an openness to a dialogue with the person chosen by President Barack Obama to succeed Sebelius at HHS -- Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is Obama's budget director.
But at the same time, McConnell declared that "Obamacare has to go."
A spokeswoman for Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Sebelius' home state of Kansas, calls the resignation a "prudent decision," given what the spokeswoman described as a total failure in implementing the new health care law.
The opening weeks of the enrollment period were marred by problems with the website, straining ties between Sebelius and officials in the West Wing. The administration rebounded, and exceeded expectations by enrolling more than 7 million people by the March 31st deadline. But that didn't end Republican criticism of Sebelius or boost the public's perception of the federal health care overhaul.
A staunch supporter of the health care law, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is praising Sebelius, saying she "was a leader in the long effort to make history for our country with passage of the Affordable Care Act."   (AP)

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) today issued the following statement regarding Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' resignation:
"ObamaCare has been deeply flawed from the very beginning, presenting Secretary Sebelius with the unforgiving task of implementing a law when not even the lawmakers who passed the bill fully knew what was in it. Unfortunately, the concerns that so many Americans first expressed about higher costs, reduced access to care and the complicated regulatory structure have come true. While I do not share many of Secretary Sebelius' views, I wish her the best in future endeavors."

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