Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is calling it quits after five years of chaos overseeing the Obamacare front.
The White House had been frustrated with Sebelius’ performance, but she was not forced out, according to The New York Times. Obama accepted Sebelius’ resignation earlier this week.
“What was clear is that she thought that it was time to transition the leadership to somebody else,” White House Chief of Staff Denis R. McDonough told The Times. “She’s made clear in other comments publicly that she recognizes that she takes a lot of the incoming. She does hope — all of us hope — that we can get beyond the partisan sniping.”
Obamacare will continue to be a disaster that harms Americans, no matter who is in charge of the Health and Human Services Department, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement sent to BizPac Review on Thursday.
“Secretary Sebelius oversaw a disastrous rollout of Obamacare, but anyone can see that there are more problems on the way,” he said. “The next HHS Secretary will inherit a mess—Americans facing rising costs, families losing their doctors, and an economy weighed down by intrusive regulations.”
On Friday, Obama is expected to name Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as Sebelius’ replacement.
“It’s time for President Obama to admit that Democrats’ signature law is a failure and heed Republican calls for patient-centered healthcare reform,” Preibus said in the statement.
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