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Friday, April 11, 2014

Kathleen Sebelius resigns, makes way for Obamacare troubleshooter -- By Tom Howell Jr. and Dave Boyer, The Washington Times

With the rocky rollout of his health care law in a post-deadline lull, President Obama will move this week to shake up his health care team, accepting the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and tapping his budget director as a troubleshooting replacement, the White House confirmed Thursday.

Mrs. Sebelius, a former Kansas governor who has served as HHS secretary for Mr. Obama's entire tenure, was the president's point person as his signature law stumbled out of the blocks in October.

Despite calls for her to be fired, Mrs. Sebelius stayed on the job to oversee a recovery of HealthCare.gov that resulted in at least 7.5 million enrollments for health care plans.

Mrs. Sebelius, however, is seen as damaged by too many congressional Democrats who are warily eyeing November's elections, in which Obamacare is expected to play a major role.

Some Republicans could barely contain their glee.

"Are you going to be drinking out of a red solo cup or crystal stemware tonight as you celebrate @Sebelius resigning?" Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, wrote in a Twitter message. She was making a reference to a sharp exchange she had with Mrs. Sebelius at one of the congressional grillings the secretary faced after the botched rollout.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also alluded to a previous Obamacare-related quote, in his case a famous comment from former Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat.

"It's fitting that nearly one year after the primary legislative architect of Obamacare predicted it would be a train wreck that the government official most responsible for overseeing it reportedly is resigning," the Kentucky Republican said before going on to call the resignation "cold comfort to the millions of Americans who were deceived about what [Obamacare] would mean for them and their families."

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