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Kathleen Sebelius officially resigns as Health and Human Services Secretary

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- Kathleen Sebelius officially announced her retirement today. 

She called her work as Health and Human Services Secretary the cause of her life, and an amazing oppurtunity.

"I got to be a leader at HHS during these most historic times. We are on the frontlines of a long overdue national change. Fixing a broken health system. Now this is the most meaningful work I've ever been a part of," said Sebelius.

President Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell to take over as health secretary. She currently serves as the head of the administration's office of management and budget.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration.

The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack 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 whomever Obama nominates her. Sebelius has served as HHS secretary since the start of the Obama administration.

The official was not authorized to discuss Sebelius' resignation ahead of the formal announcement and requested anonymity.
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