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Obama’s health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes


Obama’s health secretary resigns after Obamacare launch woes

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after overseeing the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reforms, a White House official said on Thursday. Her departure removes a lightning rod for Republican critics as Obama and his Democrats try to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November midterm elections, where problems with Obamacare reforms will be a top issue. The October 1 launch of the new Obamacare health insurance marketplace, which was plagued by computer problems, has been condemned by Republicans as a step toward socialized medicine. Obama has chosen Sylvia Mathews Burwell, his budget director, to replace Sebelius, the official said.


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