HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigning

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by JEFF ZELENY/WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 11:48 PM

 (ABC News)-- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce Friday she is stepping down, ABC News has confirmed.

The president will nominate Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to replace her.

Earlier today Sebelius was on Capitol Hill to announce that 400,000 additional people have chosen insurance plans through the Obamacare exchanges as of this week, raising the total number of enrollees to approximately 7.5 million.

“As of this week, 400,000 additional Americans have signed up and we expect that number to continue to grow,” Sebelius said at a Senate Finance Committee hearing Thursday.

Last week, the administration announced 7.1 million people had enrolled as of April 1.

After the announcement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) released this statement on her resignation:

“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.  Regardless of the administration’s public explanation for the Secretary’s exit, Obamacare has been a rolling disaster and her resignation is cold comfort to the millions of Americans who were deceived about what it would mean for them and their families. Countless Americans have unexpectedly been forced out of the plans they had and liked, are now shouldering dramatically higher premiums, and can no longer use the doctors and hospitals they choose. Beyond that, virtually everyone who has come into contact with this law has had new reason to worry about what it means for the government to control their health care. Secretary Sebelius may be leaving, but the problems with this law and the impact it’s having on our constituents aren’t. Obamacare has to go, too.

"Reportedly, Ms. Burwell will be nominated to lead one of the most important jobs in government.  And I hope this is the start of a candid conversation about Obamacare’s short-comings and the need to protect Medicare for today’s seniors, their children and their grandchildren."
 

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