What Sebelius's Resignation Means for the ACA and Midterm Elections

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the Senate Finance Committee April 2, 2009 in Washington, DC. Sebelius testified on her nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services. (Win McNamee/Getty)

America's healthcare system just saw another change. Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday that she will resign from her position as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Taking up Sebelius's rocky legacy will be Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Harvard- and Oxford-educated director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Sebelius's resignation marks the end of a tumultuous five-year term in the post—most notably characterized by the shaky roll-out of HealthCare.gov, the main website for open health insurance enrollment as part of Obamacare. This flub helped fuel criticism of the Democrat-supported health care law.

Still, Sebelius has seen her share of successes, including the end to pre-existing conditions as an impediment to health insurance and an overall reduction in healthcare costs nationwide. And prior to becoming a member of President Obama's cabinet, she received much acclaim for her time as governor of Kansas—TIME magazine event cited her as one of the five best governors in the country.

Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich joins us from D.C. to discuss what the shake-up means for the Affordable Care Act and the Democratic administration ahead of midterm elections.

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Contributors:

Jacob Passy and Todd Zwillich

Comments [2]

WW Poitier from Las Vegas

The article by Passy and Twilich IS SPIN. Sebelius had "successes" because she got rid of pre-existing conditions and healthcare costs came down ??? !!! ARE YOU F'N KIDDING ME? What planet are the writers from? Find me ONE person who says "my prescription drug costs have gone down." Find me ONE person who says "the cost of my Doctor visits have gone down" or "cost of Surgery has gone down." etc etc ad nauseum. Find me ONE person who says "my insurance Premiums, for similar coverage and similar deductible, have gone down." ??? !!! Arrrggg. The vast MAJORITY of Citizens are seeing everything GO UP ! Their out of pocket costs have gone UP! ALOT. The REAL REALITY is fewer people now have coverage and fewer people have as good coverage. Obamacare is TOTALLY UNWORKABLE. It has to be repealed and replaced. Sebelius has carried Obama's water and she has lied and covered Obama's butt on the Obamacare Disaster. WHY WON'T YOU REPORT ON THAT ? Angry and incensed X 200,000,000 other Americans, Ww Poitier

Apr. 11 2014 10:01 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Health and Human Services is the largest bureaucracy in the Government! That is my takeaway for the week. That is making my head spin. Wow.

I really need to sit with that information and figure out what that means. Wow, bigger than the military... Alright,, I need some time

Apr. 11 2014 01:38 PM

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