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HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius to resign after rocky healthcare rollout

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post, according to the Associated Press. (Source: MGN Online) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post, according to the Associated Press. (Source: MGN Online)
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WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - After a rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, according to the Associated Press and other media outlets.

The announcement comes a week and a half after the deadline to enroll for healthcare on the troubled Healthcare.gov website.

The crippled website was the victim to several failures and crashes for consumers who wanted to sign up for the signature legislation of President Barack Obama's administration.

The New York Times reports Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, will be nominated by the president as her replacement.

The resignation was Sebelius' decision and she was not forced out, according to the Times.

Despite the rollout, the Obama administration reached its enrollment goal by the March 31 deadline, with more than seven million Americans signing up.

Sebelius testified at a House hearing in mid-March that the administration would not delay the firm March 31 deadline it had set for enrollment. Days before that date, however, it was announced people would be allowed to enroll beyond that deadline if they tried previously to sign up but were hindered by the website's issues.

She also testified before Congress multiple times in relation to the botched launch of the healthcare exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.

The website debuted October 1.

Shortly following the troubled healthcare website, Sebelius admitted the website's flaws as major problems on CNN, and admitted both she and the president were frustrated with the rough start.

"I think there certainly are some challenges, it could be smoother, easier to access and that's really what we're working on, no one says the site is working the way we want it to.

"I think that we talked about having testing going forward and we had an ideal situation we could've built a product in a five-year period of time, it probably wouldn't taken five years but we didn't have five years and certainly Americans who rely on health coverage didn't have five years for us to wait. We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the law."

Prior to her appointment in 2009, Sebelius was the governor of Kansas. She previously held posts as the state's insurance commissioner and in its House of Representatives.

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