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Nominee faces GOP questions on health law

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 8, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, arrives at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Burwell has found favor with both Republicans and Democrats in her current role as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and would replace Kathleen Sebelius who resigned as HHS chief last month after presiding over the Affordable Care Act and its problematic rollout.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee for health secretary faced pointed questioning Thursday from Republican senators over the president’s health law but also won GOP praise in her first appearance before a Senate committee.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who will take over the law’s implementation if she is confirmed as Health and Human Services secretary, told senators that the law has improved the economy, held down the growth of health costs, reduced premiums and expanded coverage.

The law “is making a positive difference,” Burwell, who now serves as Obama’s budget director, said in testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, the first of two Senate committees that will hold hearings on her nomination.

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