A contractor the Obama administration hired to monitor progress on its health insurance website, healthcare.gov, repeatedly warned the project was falling behind before the site failed in October, Senate Republicans said in a report.
Kathleen Sebelius, the former U.S. health secretary, assailed opponents of Obamacare, saying they outspent the government 4-to-1 before the start of the health exchanges that signed up 8 million Americans for coverage.
President Barack Obama thanked Kathleen Sebelius for helping pass the 2010 health-care law and named Sylvia Mathews Burwell his new health secretary, calling her “a proven manager” who knows how “to deliver results.”
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s choice for U.S. health secretary, gained the overwhelming backing of a key committee, sending her nomination to the U.S. Senate for a confirmation vote.
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be nominated to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, part of an administration reshuffling that would bring a Democratic up-and-comer to President Barack Obama’s cabinet, according to three people familiar with the decision.
The departure of Kathleen Sebelius from President Barack Obama’s cabinet removes a focal point for criticism over Obamacare’s troubled rollout, right at a moment when the White House can blunt attacks with enrollment numbers that exceeded targets.