Given how everything’s gone vis-a-vis the ObamaCare rollout – from its’ rocky beginnings to the successes of present – you almost wonder how Kathleen Sebelius made it this far…
WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.
Sebelius’ resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law. The opening weeks of the enrollment period were marred by widespread website woes, though the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline, exceeding initial expectations. Enrollment has since risen to 7.5 million as people were given extra time to complete applications.
Even with the late surge in sign-ups, the law remains unpopular with many Americans and Republicans have made it a centerpiece of their efforts to retake the Senate in the fall.
Sebelius’ resignation could also set the stage for a contentious confirmation hearing to replace her. In a sign that the White House is seeking to avoid a nomination fight, the president was tapping Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to replace Sebelius. Burwell was unanimously confirmed by the Senate for current post.(Associated Press)
What’s ironic about this coming nomination is that – in theory – the OMB Director will, in taking the HHS nomination, be giving up some of her power in terms of implementing the Affordable Care Act due to the fact that while HHS oversees the enforcement of the ACA, OMB oversees the implementation of the ACA and – in theory again – there is, at times, more power present in implementing a law than in merely enforcing said law.
Of course, this isn’t stopping Republicans from taking a farewell potshot at the outgoing Secretary; case in point, one of Sec. Sebelius’ home-state senators…
A spokeswoman for Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican from Sebelius’ home state of Kansas, called the resignation “a prudent decision” given the total failure of Obamacare implementation.(Associated Press)
Man, if over 7 million insurance signups under the ACA is a “total failure”, I’ll take that instead of the prior state of affairs in the area of health-care reform.