Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health and Human Services

Drew Thies

Kathleen Sebelius announced late last Thursday she will be stepping down from her post as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sebelius was originally tapped for the position nearly five years ago.

Current head of the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) Sylvia Matthews Burwell has already been announced as the nominee for replacement and is widely expected to be confirmed in the Senate by a large margin. She was confirmed to the OMB by a 93-0 vote.

Sebelius’s resignation came as a surprise to many. She abruptly made the announcement mere hours before appearing at a hearing before the powerful Senate Finance Committee to discuss the President’s budget for fiscal year 2015.

The decision, which Sebelius said Sunday was her own, comes on the heels of the May 31st sign-up deadline to the Affordable Care Act—the policy which has largely defined the Secretary’s tenure at the helm of HHS.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney predicted a “May transition” for Burwell. Sebelius said she’d be making the final move “in the coming months.” Much of the timing will depend on when the Senate agrees to take up the nomination and the degree of resistance Burwell meets in the initial proceedings.

No comments:

Post a Comment