Reports: Secretary Sebelius resigns; former Walmart Foundation executive next in line

WASHINGTON — Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has resigned her post, according to published reports. 

President Obama accepted the resignation this week and intends to announce that he will nominate Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Sebelius. A formal announcement is expected Friday, according to reports. 

Sebelius has faced heavy criticism regarding the launch of the health exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Sebelius testified to the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday that 7.5 million had enrolled in private health insurance plans, beating initial projections by 500,000 enrollees. 

According to reports, White House officials suggsted Sebelius made the decision to resign without prompting from the Administration. She first notified President Obama on her intent to step down in early March, one White House official told USA Today.

Burwell was confirmed to her current post by the Senate last April. She previously served as president of the Walmart Foundation.



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