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President Obama is expected to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell for the position

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation today at a press conference.

According to The New York Times, Sebelius resigned on her own accord and was not pushed out by the White House despite the criticism she's received for the website. She has reportedly talked about stepping down since March. 

Sebelius supervised the rollout of the website, which is a key part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It went live October 1, 2013. 

But the site's launch was a disaster at first, with technical issues ranging from slow speeds to loading messages that prevented users from shopping the health insurance marketplace. Staff shortages, problems with contractors and software issues were among the issues discussed prior to's launch.  

Later, in January 2014, cyber security expert David Kennedy (head of computer security consulting firm TrustedSec LLC) called the U.S. government out on its lack of effort to fix security problems with, which were pointed out shortly after the site's launch last year. 

Kathleen Sebelius [SOURCE:] was heavily criticized during this time, and because Sebelius supervised the site, a lot of this criticism came down on her shoulders. 

In fact, a "Saturday Night Live" parody made fun of her, talk show hosts made several negative comments and Republicans in Congress were especially critical of her leadership. Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) even called her the "laughingstock of America."

Through all of that, Sebelius held strong and continued believing in the healthcare law.

"There are people in this country who have waited for decades for affordable health coverage for themselves and their families," said Sebelius.

The website eventually saw a turnaround, and despite it being temperamental and insecure, it recently reached 7.5 million sign-ups.

"I know that this law has been at the center of much debate and discourse in Washington, but what this enrollment demonstrates is that the Affordable Care Act is working and much needed," said Sebelius. 

President Obama has nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell -- current director of the Office of Management and Budget -- to replace Sebelius.

Source: The New York Times

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laughable track record
By Argon18 on 4/11/2014 1:59:12 PM , Rating: 4
Republicans: This thing is too rushed, Obama should delay the individual mandate, push it out a year.

Obama: No way, the individual mandate is the cornerstone of ACA, it will not be delayed! I'll shut-down the government over this one thing it's so important! I'll argue it all the way to the Supreme Court!

.... a few months later Obama pushes the individual mandate out two years, and eliminates the penalties if you don't pay it.

Republicans: Sebelius is incompetent, she should be fired for her horrible mis-management of this ACA roll out.

Obama: Nonsense, I have complete confidence in Sebelius and she's doing a fantastic job.

.... a few months later Sebelius resigns over her poor ACA performance.

RE: laughable track record
By AntiM on 4/11/2014 2:09:03 PM , Rating: 4
He's just going to appoint another person that's unqualified to do the job. Has anyone looked at the security issues with the site?

RE: laughable track record
By Lord 666 on 4/11/2014 2:53:31 PM , Rating: 1
Healthcare Professionals: Sebelius is incompetent Fixed it for you.

What do you expect from someone who was the Governor of Kansas and only holds a BA in Poly Sci and a Masters in PA?

Even though Obama has already appointed someone else for HHS, bring on John Halamka or someone else who is both clinically and technologically competent.

RE: laughable track record
By Reclaimer77 on 4/11/2014 2:56:42 PM , Rating: 4
All of Obama's appointees have been failures. This is one area where his track record has been perfect.

Unqualified extremists appointed for political reasons. What could go wrong?

RE: laughable track record
By stm1185 on 4/11/2014 3:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
They weren't all extremists. Some of them were just rich people looking for a hobby.

RE: laughable track record
By Nutzo on 4/11/2014 4:52:34 PM , Rating: 3
Some of them were just rich people,
who donated to Obama's compaign, looking for a hobby.

Fixed that for you.

RE: laughable track record
By MrBlastman on 4/11/2014 4:34:02 PM , Rating: 2
I wish we could re-write it to be...

Republicans: You are doing a terrible job. You're crushing our Liberties, soiling the Constitution and ruining America.

Obama: No way. I'm doing an exceptional job. My Nobel Prize was earned with hard work. Americans everywhere consider me the greatest President in history.

... a few months later he is successfully impeached, found guilty of numerous crimes along with his cronies Eric Holder, Arne Duncan, Jay Carney and more, to name a few.

... a few months after that he is re-instated on grounds The Congress of the United States discriminated against him.

... a few months after that... a giant sea monster the size of Greenland devours the Continental United States

... a few months after that, Ctlhulhu appears in a cloud of blood as he rips his way out of the sea monster.

Global Leaders from around the world give Ctlhulhu the Nobel Peace Prize for finally destroying Imperialist America and a second Nobel Prize for vindicating the feeble, discriminated H. P. Lovecraft.

... a few months after that Astronomers swear they saw a tentacle briefly appear in images captured of the Sun by SOHO. Repeat studies are inconclusive. There is nobody left to man the telescopes.

RE: laughable track record
By inperfectdarkness on 4/12/2014 1:27:02 PM , Rating: 1
Unfortunately that's about all the GOP can do. Trying to put a qualified and competent candidate in office is impossible for the GOP at this point.

RE: laughable track record
By Reclaimer77 on 4/12/14, Rating: -1
RE: laughable track record
By brshoemak on 4/13/2014 8:17:46 AM , Rating: 3
If you believe experience equals 'qualified' then you should reevaluate your standards.

I'm not saying Obama or Romney would be better, but just look to Congress for those who have much more experience than either in multiple disciplines and you'll still staggering incompetence.

That blanket statement just doesn't hold up.

RE: laughable track record
By Reclaimer77 on 4/13/2014 9:52:13 AM , Rating: 1
Most President's, especially the good ones, had some form of experience in executive positions at the State level before moving on to President. Experience in business and the corporate world is just a bonus. Especially when the topic of the election is fixing an ailing economy.

Obama had neither.

You can couch that however you want. But objectively speaking, Obama has been a disaster as President.

If you believe experience equals 'qualified' then you should reevaluate your standards.

And yet you haven't graced us with your thoughts on what DOES make someone qualified?

I guess by your logic I should be cool to do brain surgery. I mean why not, I have my CPR certification after all!

RE: laughable track record
By Keeir on 4/13/2014 10:44:42 PM , Rating: 2
You can couch that however you want. But objectively speaking, Obama has been a disaster as President.

Well. Its unfortunately too early to say this for sure.

Presidential actions often do not have a direct/immediate impact. The success of a presidency should be judged 5-15 years from its start.

Now, I am personally opposed many of the actions and intentions of the current President, but data is still lacking on the efficiency of his actions and their end goal. His cornerstone legislation is still a few years away from being implemented.

By inperfectdarkness on 4/15/2014 9:50:15 AM , Rating: 2
I never said I thought Obama was more qualified...or that Romney lacked the competence and experience to perform the job. I said that the GOP can't get anyone like that elected. Big difference.

To be fair, I don't think the DEM can either--it's just that the DEM doesn't even remotely try to put anyone with those credentials up there to go for it. And the US population is more concerned with charisma, charm, good looks and "being one of the people" than it is concerned with solid governance and executive skills.

RE: laughable track record
By marvdmartian on 4/14/2014 8:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
Now if we could just get Holder to do the same thing! His incompetence, along with ignorance of constitutional law (it's either ignorance of it, or simply ignoring it....he flip-flops on that), combined with his crimes in office, have made a laughing stock of that office.

RE: laughable track record
By Riusaki on 4/14/2014 9:30:37 AM , Rating: 2
I was a supporter of Obama when he first sought office and then his re-election and this is something I now regret.

Obama has shown this term that he doesn't want to do a damn thing and all he does is recite the same damn speeches over and over. He is as lame duck as a president can get.

Every major point he campaigned about, in which he promised to take action on, has been met with nothing happening. The only thing he followed through on was the ACA and that has become one of the biggest rip offs in American history.

Next election I'm voting republican. At least the republicans tell you why they do what they do and they don't sugar coat it. The Democrats have reduced themselves to car salesmen over the last few years.

RE: laughable track record
By MrBlastman on 4/14/2014 10:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sad that you voted for Obama but glad you finally realize he isn't the "savior" everyone thought he would be.

Do us all a favor, next election, though. I respect your choice to vote Republican next time around but please, don't make the same mistake again. The Republican party is just as flawed as the Democrats. Vote Independent. Vote for someone new, someone fresh, someone who is not a career politician with lobbyist ties. That will help America far more than anything else.

Take it a step further, too. Write your local and nationa Television networks. Tell them you want coverage of independents.

Chances are they won't listen and won't report on anyone but the big two parties--but if they did, the whole system might start to change.

RE: laughable track record
By FITCamaro on 4/14/2014 2:45:27 PM , Rating: 2
If you truly want change, Americans will have to take back the Republican party. Because an independent sadly isn't going to win. It doesn't matter how much or little I like whoever it is when I say that. Too many are going to vote R or D. The Democrats are only going to go more and more liberal. That's the path they're going down and it isn't changing direction.

The only choice is to try and replace the liberal Republicans with actual, thinking conservatives who aren't there just to hand out our money to different people than the Democrats.

RE: laughable track record
By Reclaimer77 on 4/15/2014 12:34:40 AM , Rating: 1
Vote Independent. Vote for someone new, someone fresh, someone who is not a career politician with lobbyist ties. That will help America far more than anything else.

How is throwing his vote away in a pointless symbolic gesture going to "help America"?

Wtf! Why don't you people realize an Independent candidate cannot EVER win, and will not even win?

Horrible advice. The only way this country turns around is if the next President is a true honest-to-goodness CONSERVATIVE and the Republicans win the Senate and keep the House.

RE: laughable track record
By FITCamaro on 4/14/2014 2:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
I highly disagree.

I think he accomplished exactly what he wanted to do. Fundamentally transform America.

From a nation that led on the global stage, to a nation that is laughed at.

From a nation wanting to work, to a nation that is content with getting one more slice of government cheese at any opportunity.

From a nation moving past race, to a nation where race is the only focus as long as the supposed victim or person being criticized isn't white.

An administration built on a house of cards
By Chaser on 4/11/2014 3:10:49 PM , Rating: 1
External: Mass media- Cheer cheer! Our wonderful leader can do no wrong because "he cares".

Internal: Advisors- The country is polarized by both you and your and department secretary's policies. If you "fire" one person your entire administration will fall through the thin ice and never come up again.

By Zaranthos on 4/14/2014 3:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
When asked for comment on why she was leaving Ms. Sebelius plead the fifth and asserted her innocence. :P

By claudioteri on 4/14/2014 6:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home

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