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Obama announces Sebelius resignation, names budget director successor

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President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. White House, Washington, Apr. 14, 2014 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama, flanked by outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, and his nominee to be her replacement, Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell. White House, Washington, Apr. 14, 2014 (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - President Barack Obama on Friday announced the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and named his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, as her successor.

"Kathleen’s work over the past five years will benefit our families and our country for decades to come," said President Obama.

Her resignation comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month enrollment period, but the administration rebounded strongly by enrolling more than 7 million people in health insurance plans.

Sebelius' resignation could set the stage for a contentious election-year confirmation hearing for Mathews Burwell. Sebelius served as HHS secretary since the start of the Obama administration.

"In the year since she arrived, the deficit has plunged by more than $400 billion," said President Obama.

The Associated Press reported Sebelius' resignation a day earlier. The AP cited an official who was not authorized to discuss the resignation and requested anonymity.

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