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Kathleen Sebelius to resign over Obamacare website troubles

Former federal health secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Former federal health secretary Kathleen Sebelius
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Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary who became the face of the problems surrounding the roll-out of Obamacare, is stepping down.

According to the New York Times on April 11, President Barack Obama accepted Sebelius resignation, and has designated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who is currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace her.

Sebelius resignation was necessary, given the fact that the Obama administration wanted to move beyond the early troubles of the Obamacare roll-out and try to convince a still skeptical American public that the healthcare law does work.

Sebelius became the face of the flawed roll-out of the healthcare law, constantly playing damage control from the nonfunctional healthcare.gov to downplaying fears of Americans losing their healthcare coverage.

With Burwell, the president is hoping that she will bring a fresh prospective and management acumen to the department, something Sebelius, at times, failed to do. White House chief of staff Denis R. McDonough said on April 11:

"The president wants to make sure we have a proven manager and relentless implementer in the job over there, which is why he is going to nominate Sylvia."

Before Sebelius took the HHS secretary position, she was the Democratic governor of Kansas for six years.