Obama Nominates Budget Director To Replace Sebelius

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell is pictured March 4, 2013, as President Obama nominates her to be budget director. At the time, she was president of the Walmart Foundation.  (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama says he’s nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.

The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.

The move comes more than a week after the close of sign-ups for insurance coverage on the law.

After a rocky start that Sebelius was blamed for, the administration rebounded strongly to exceed expectations by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline.

Burwell’s nomination requires Senate confirmation.

NPR White House Correspondent Scott Horsley joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss Sebelius’s resignation and Burwell’s nomination.


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