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Obama announces his pick to lead healthcare reform

English.news.cn   2014-04-12 07:05:05

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday nominated a new department secretary to lead the federal health reform programs, accepting resignation of his Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius announced her resignation just about two weeks after the ObamaCare enrollment period drew to a close on March 31, which attracted more than 7 million people signing up under the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

Sebelius, having served five years with the president, was among the longest-serving Cabinet secretaries in the administration.

Obama nominated the White House budget office director Sylvia Matthews Burwell to replace her.

Obama, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, thanked Sebelius for her "extraordinary service" and said that despite the rocky rollout, Sebelius' team "turned the corner, got it fixed, got the job done, and the final score speaks for itself."

"In early March, Sebelius told me she'd be moving on once the first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act came to an end," Obama said.

In her farewell remarks, Sebelius said they were "on the front lines of a long overdue national change."

"If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to carrying on the important work of ensuring that children, families, and seniors have the building blocks of healthy and productive lives, whether it's through implementing the Affordable Care Act, supporting affordable childcare, or finding new frontiers to prevent and treat disease," Burwell said.

The Harvard-educated Burwell was confirmed as White House budget director last April, and previously worked at the top levels of major foundations, including as president of the Walmart Foundation.


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WASHINGTON, April 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday hailed the progress made in his healthcare reform program, popularly known as Obamacare, which has seen more than 7 million people across the country sign up during the six-month enrollment period.

"Six months ago today, a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicked in as healthcare.gov and state insurance marketplaces went live," he said at the Rose Garden of the White House, adding that millions of Americans finally had the same chance to buy quality and affordable health care. Full story

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- In the past four months, about 3.3 million Americans have signed up for private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's signature comprehensive healthcare reform, the Obama administration announced Wednesday.

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News Analysis: U.S. Republicans could use Obamacare against Democrats in 2014 elections

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Republicans could use ongoing problems with President Barack Obama's healthcare rollout as fodder against Democrats ahead of this year's mid-term Congressional elections.

In the latest in a string of problems with the healthcare reform's rollout, the Obama administration on Monday announced a delay in the implementation of the president's signature healthcare overhaul, or Obamacare. Now, companies employing between 50 and 99 people will have until 2016 a one-year extension to offer health insurance to employees, a new requirement under the legislation. Full story

Editor: Tang Danlu
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