Bloomberg: Sebelius Decision to Resign May Shift Debate on Obamacare

By Alex Wayne, Julianna Goldman and Drew Armstrong

After topping initial enrollment projections for Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary, leaves her successor, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, an agency with numerous challenges to ultimately make the law work.

The 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act faces continued battles in court and in Congress, where Republicans haven’t dropped efforts to repeal or gut the measure. The Health and Human Services Department also is faced with helping the $3.1 trillion U.S. health-care industry continue to adapt to the overhaul and its millions of newly insured beneficiaries.

President Barack Obama will announce the resignation of Sebelius and the nomination of Burwell, currently the director of the Office of Management and Budget, at the White House this morning, officials said. Both women will attend.

Sebelius’s resignation closes the first major chapter of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. The law is projected to eventually offer health insurance to 25 million more people in the U.S., paid for with changes to Medicare, taxes on health-care providers and a requirement that all Americans have insurance.

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