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OMB Director Sylvia Burwell Nominated to Lead HHS, Oversee Obamacare Implementation as Kathleen Sebelius Ends Term

Sylvia Burwell
Sylvia Burwell

President Barack Obama has selected Sylvia Burwell, current director of the Office of Management and Budget, as his choice to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, after the White House announced Kathleen Sebelius would be leaving that post.

Burwell, a veteran of the Bill Clinton administration who jumped to the public sector after working at McKinsey, respectively held the chief of staff and deputy chief of staff positions in the Treasury Department and White House prior to her first stint at OMB.

The Rhodes Scholar led two non-profit organizations — the Walmart Foundation and the Bill Gates Foundation — before being unanimously confirmed by Congress to rejoin OMB in the director role in 2013.

lex Wayne, Julianna Goldman and Drew Armstrong write for Bloomberg that Burwell “would bring a background in economics and management to the health position” will be responsible for the continued implementation of Obamacare if confirmed.

Sebelius’ term as HHS secretary concludes soon after an enrollment season for Obamacare closes.

She oversaw the implementation of healthcare.gov after a lengthy career in public service that included time as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives and six years as governor of Kansas.

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