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Senate confirms Burwell as Obama's new health secretary

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 5, 2014 at 1:35 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the nation's new health secretary and steward of the president's health-care law.

The 78-17 vote was a bipartisan show of support for the veteran government manager who most recently served as President Barack Obama's budget director.

But Burwell will have to act quickly to head off more insurance chaos this fall.

Despite a strong finish to open enrollment this year, HealthCare.gov is still dealing with unresolved issues ranging from possibly inaccurate insurance payments, to e-commerce basics.

The White House desperately wants to avoid more attention-grabbing problems when sign-up season starts Nov. 15. Democrats hope that Burwell's confirmation might usher in a fresh start for "Obamacare," but Republicans indicate they won't play along.

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AmericasDoomed says... June 5, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.

I hope she does better than Sebellius but I doubt it. Obama has surrounded himself with incompetent idiots. Trys to make himself look smarter that way. Hasn't worked out so far.

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Dontcallmenames says... June 5, 2014 at 4:55 p.m.

Whichever bipartisan "Republicans" voted for her need to be voted out!

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

Why is that, DCMN?

And tell us in your own words, and not just boilerplate from right-wing Obama-hating sites.

Why is Burwell a bad choice?

Tick...tick...tick...

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djigoo says... June 5, 2014 at 5:14 p.m.

"Trys to make himself look smarter that way."

Heh heh.

That's damn funny.

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