Health Secretary-Nominee Appears To Have Smooth Path To Confirmation

(Washington, DC) -- Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears to have a smooth path to confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. In a Senate hearing, Democrats and Republicans praised Burwell. However, Republicans expressed continued disdain for the healthcare reform law. President Obama nominated Burwell to replace outgoing Secretary Kathleen Sebelius . Sebelius presided over the disastrous launch of HealthCare.gov, the federal website for the new health insurance exchanges.
Arizona Republican John McCain praised Burwell but questioned why she wanted the job. He likened it to taking over as captain of the Titanic after it hit the iceberg. After the rough liftoff, the HealthCare.gov site was fixed and enrolled more than eight-million people. Burwell has been White House budget chief for the past year. She is a former president of the Walmart Foundation.