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Topic - Sylvia Mathews Burwell
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 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 Obama's pick to see Obamacare into its second season, easily cleared a key Senate hurdle Wednesday, putting her on track to be confirmed as the next Health and Human Services secretary in a final vote Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate Finance Committee is set to vote Wednesday on President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department — a job that comes with the political burden of rolling out Obamacare.
Just when it looked like no one would stand in the way of President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department, a Louisiana senator said he will oppose her nomination until lawmakers are held to the same standard as regular folks who purchased health coverage on Obamacare's insurance exchanges.
Senate Republicans on Wednesday told President Obama's pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department that they expect the government to recoup millions of dollars in federal grants from states that set up flawed websites under Obamacare.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's pick to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, got a boost from a key Republican source Wednesday as she sat down for her second grilling on Capitol Hill.
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."
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.
President Barack Obama's nominee for health secretary drew support from Republican senators Thursday even as they challenged the health law she would be charged with carrying out.
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.
White House budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell might have a tough job now, but the post she now wants is "perhaps the most thankless," Sen. John McCain said Thursday.
"We are pleased that the Affordable Care Act continues to provide Americans better value for their premium dollars," Mrs. Burwell said.
Ms. Burwell said her department has some additional money for extra representation but said it's not enough to cover everyone they encounter.