Saying goodbye to so much election-year political dross, the Obama Administration accepted the resignation late Thursday of Kathleen Sebelius, the maligned director of Health and Human Services who ushered in the era of Obamacare.
Sebelius, the onetime Governor of Kansas, resigned from her turbulent position after serving the Obama Administration for five years. The announcement came Thursday evening, following remarks earlier in the day from Sebelius that gave no hint that the HHS director had already tendered her resignation with the White House earlier in the week.
Taking Sebelius’ place will be 48 year-old Sylvia Matthews Burwell, currently director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, pending Senate confirmation.
The resignation of Sebelius, 65, coincides with the end of the first-year enrollment period for individuals seeking government-mandated health insurance through a Federal or State-sponsored health insurance exchange. The Obamacare deadline, so far as we can tell, was March 31 for individuals seeking to enroll in a health care plan — though the Obama Administration has unilaterally modified so many deadlines and requirements associated with the botched Obamacare rollout that pundits continue to debate which requirements, at this late stage, remain hard and fast rules for individual customers.
At any rate, Sebelius’ Jonah treatment dovetails nicely for Obama’s Democrats entering the dog days of the Congressional midterm election season. It’s no secret that Obamacare is the biggest political albatross around the necks of incumbent Congressional Democrats this year, and the resignation of one of the rollout’s most visible — and most reviled — figures ensures there’ll be one less politically-loathsome name for GOP opponents to invoke as November approaches.
Sebelius tried to give herself a sendoff speech Thursday, and poetically ran into a glitch when she realized a page was missing from her notes.
Here’s a handy list of Sebelius’ distinguished HHS accomplishments, courtesy of Breitbart.