Kathleen Sebelius, Who Oversaw Obamacare Resigns

Kathleen Sebelius

WASHINGTON — Kathleen Sebelius, who helped guide the rocky and controversial rollout of President Obama‘s landmark health law, has resigned as Health and Human Services secretary after more than five years.

In her place, the president plans as soon as Friday to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, according to a senior administration official.

Sebelius was not pressured to resign, the official said. But she leaves after presiding over the disastrous launch of the health law’s online insurance marketplaces last fall. That failure threatened to unravel what was supposed to be Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement and has endangered Democrats who face elections in November.

The federal website, HealthCare.gov, was riddled with glitches that made it almost impossible for people to sign up for health insurance for weeks. The website has been repaired and enrollment has recovered strongly — 7.5 million have signed up to date — but the self-inflicted wound continues to baffle outside experts who blamed weak leadership at the White House and the health agency.

Sebelius herself acknowledged the management failures.

“Let me say directly to these Americans, you deserve better,” she testified at a congressional hearing after the website rollout. “I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems.”

Dori Salcido, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in a statement Thursday: “From her work on Head Start, to expanding mental health coverage, to advancing cutting-edge healthcare research and, of course, her unwavering leadership in implementing the Affordable Care Act, Secretary Sebelius often calls her work here the most meaningful of her life. As she closes this chapter, Secretary Sebelius is extremely thankful to President Obama and very proud of the historic accomplishments of this administration.”

Sebelius was not the president’s first choice to head the enormous agency, but Obama tapped her after former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a close Obama confidant, was forced to withdraw his candidacy amid reports that he had had to pay more than $128,000 in back income taxes.

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