Late last week Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation, and President Obama nominated Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director Sylvia Mathews Burwell as her replacement. The New York Times first broke the story of Sebelius’ resignation.
Sebelius was one of Obama’s longest serving cabinet members. The President marked her resignation and Burwell’s nomination with a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.
Sebelius’ resignation closely followed the end of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, where the administration hit its goal of signing up over 7 million Americans for insurance plans. Critics had called for Sebelius to step down for months following the rollout of the HealthCare.Gov website.