- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 8, 2014

If anyone doubted that Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s confirmation hearing Thursday to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would be a referendum on Obamacare, the presence of the famed “Red Tape Tower” should prove otherwise.

Twitter lit up early Thursday when reporters spotted the 7-foot pile of paper at the showdown before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Republicans have used the tower to shed light on the thousands of pages of regulations tied to the Affordable Care Act.

Mrs. Burwell, the White House’s budget chief, enjoyed wide support during the confirmation process for her current job.

Now, she faces confirmed in the Senate with the controversial health care overhaul as the backdrop.