Kathleen Sebelius Resigns After Obamacare Rollout Failures

by Christopher Freeburn | April 11, 2014 9:04 am

On Friday, President Barack Obama will announce the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius[1], who oversaw the botched rollout of the Obamacare federal health insurance exchange website last year.

Kathleen Sebelius HHS 240x300 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns After Obamacare Rollout Failures[2]
Source: Wikipedia[3]

Kathleen Sebelius led HHS for five years. She was a constant target for congressional Republicans unhappy with White House policies, especially Obamacare. That criticism continued even after the government announced last week that Obamacare enrollment had exceeded the original goal of 7 million sign-ups, the Associated Press notes.

A number of Republicans called for Kathleen Sebelius to step down last year amid technical glitches that marred the federal health exchange’s rollout[4]. At the time, the Obama Administration backed the HHS secretary.

Word that Kathleen Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, would resign leaked on Thursday. A White House source told the AP that Kathleen Sebelius informed the President that she wanted to resign last month and suggested that the passing of the Obamacare signup deadline would be a prime opportunity to make the announcement.

Prominent Republicans welcomed news that Kathleen Sebelius would step down, with a spokesperson for Kansas GOP Senator Pat Roberts describing the move as “a prudent decision.”

President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the White House Budget Director, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius.

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Endnotes:
  1. resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SEBELIUS_RESIGNATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-04-10-22-34-38
  2. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Kathleen_Sebelius_HHS.jpg
  3. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kathleen_Sebelius_official_portrait.jpg/
  4. amid technical glitches that marred the federal health exchange’s rollout: http://investorplace.com/investorpolitics/another-major-glitch-halts-obamacare-enrollments/#.U0foBl5hOf0

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