Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on “the cause of my life.”
Her agency, Sebelius said, has been “in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system.”
President Obama, at a White House ceremony in which he formally announced Sebelius’ decision to step down and nominated her successor, conceded that both he and Sebelius have had their share of bumps from the hard political fights over health care and the Affordable Care Act. But, Obama insisted, Sebelius “got the job done.”
Obama is nominating his budget chief, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Sebelius.
hide captionVice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her.
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