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Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, administration officials confirmed Thursday, ending a five-year stint at the agency that struggled to roll out President Obama’s health law and fix the buggy website. Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, waited until open enrollment ended on March 31 to submit her resignation to the White House. She’ll be replaced by Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, administration officials told news outlets.

Bill Herbert
Bill Herbert

I will repeat my earlier comment, which somehow 'disappeared' from the list.

I feel that Kathleen Sebelius was a poor choice to begin with for HHS, and particularly when Obama had such an ambitious and tech-oriented plan for healthcare reform. She obviously had very limited skills and knowledge in that area, and basically fudged a lot to cover up the "way-behindness" of the critical websites for the rollout.

This embarrassing failure is a huge setback to public confidence in Obamacare, which I support wholeheartedly, and she was the point person.

And she blew it bigtime.

So, poor choice by Obama for sure, very poor performance by Sebelius, and a tragic blow to the primary initiative of his two terms in office. Almost singlehandedly, she oversaw the botched rollout, and the meltdown of a lot of the momentum needed to make ACA and the other programs work.

National health care and medical reform is far too important to have incompetent people "running things" and making key decisions, let alone basically lying all last year about the real state of affairs at HHS. She lied to Congress, Obama, and all the rest of us, didn't she?

I say Good Riddance to her. Let's hope the replacement is a much better manager, not just another political hack!


Talk about a slanted headline. It's important to note that enrollments are exceeding projections (7.5 million and counting), the uninsured rate -- percent of Americans lacking health insurance -- is plummeting, and all of the Koch-financed horror stories have fallen apart under scrutiny. A more accurate headline would be 'After Early Troubles, Health Secretary Bows Out On High Note.'


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