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  • Former Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was cited by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for violating the Hatch Act during the 2012 election after giving a partisan speech on an official government trip. She was ordered to refund the cost of airfare.

    Obamacare architects gear up for second year

    Key Obamacare architects said Tuesday political headwinds will not deter them from promoting the controversial health law in its second year, casting the reforms as a private matter for American families even though it remains the centerpiece of partisan struggles on Capitol Hill.


  • **FILE** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sits in the audience as she waits for President Barack Obama to make a statement on the Affordable Care Act on April 1, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Associated Press)

    Sebelius speaks out: Obamacare toppled 'relentless obstruction'

    Former Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in her first major remarks since resigning, said Tuesday that proponents of President Obama's health overhaul were able to overcome "relentless obstruction" and even intimidation in states that rejected the health care law.


  • FILE - This May 8, 2014 file photo shows Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate has confirmed Burwell as the nation’s new health secretary and steward of the president’s health care law.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Senate confirms Burwell as HHS secretary, new face of Obamacare

    Government auditors said Thursday that 2 million fewer people will pay an Obamacare penalty for lacking insurance in 2016 than previously thought, marking yet another shift in the law's landscape as the government's top health agency welcomes a new leader.


  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other senators gather for a closed-door briefing with intelligence officials about the Obama administration’s decision to swap five members of the Taliban for captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 4, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    McConnell uses Burwell vote to bash Obamacare

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said Sylvia Mathews Burwell's willingness to implement Obamacare "calls her policy judgment into question" and is enough for him to oppose her nomination as secretary of the Health and Human Services Department.


  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to become secretary of Health and Human Services, appears before the Senate Finance Committee for her confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Burwell has found favor with both Republicans and Democrats in her current role as the head of the Office of Management and Budget and would replace Kathleen Sebelius who resigned last month after presiding over the Affordable Care Act and its problematic rollout. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate panel easily approves Obama pick to head HHS

    The Senate Finance Committee sent Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to head the Health and Human Services Department to the full chamber Wednesday, clearing the way for President Obama's budget chief to become the new face of Obamacare and oversee an agency responsible for about $1 trillion in federal spending.


  • Burwell gets committee approval for health post

    The Senate Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to become the nation's next health secretary and oversee implementation of the new health law.


  • HHS nominee breezes through finace committee hearings

    The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday backed President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department, clearing the way for Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become the new face of Obamacare and oversee an agency responsible for about $1 trillion in federal spending.


  • Health secretary nominee faces cordial senators

    President Barack Obama's pick to be the nation's new health secretary faced some pointed questions Wednesday over the health care law, but she also won praise as Republican senators largely passed up the chance for an all-out assault on "Obamacare."


  • Burwell grilled, but unscathed, in confirmation hearing

    Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's pick to be the new Health and Human Services secretary, survived her first round of grilling Thursday on Capitol Hill, staving off GOP lawmakers' concerns about the health of Obamacare and vowing to help states that want to expand their Medicaid programs on their own terms.


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