Sensitive to charges that the rollout of Healthcare.gov was grossly mismanaged, President Obama's nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services is an attempt to bolster the department's image with solid management credentials. Currently serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget, Burwell brings a wealth of managerial experience to HHS that the administration hopes will alleviate widespread criticism of Seblius's handling of the botched rollout of President Obama's signature healthcare law.
"Each party will now gyrate and flip around the House and Senate floor arguing pro and con for Ms. Burwells confirmation, but the Sebelius blame card is no longer in the deck for evidence on either side to argue for the repeal or advancement of the Affordable Care Act," says Patrick Riley, connected health senior industry analyst for research firm Frost & Sullivan.
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