WZTV - Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigning

Stream WZTV Fox 17 Newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5am and News at 9pm.

(FOX NEWS) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration, Fox News confirms, a decision that closes one of the rockiest tenures in Obama's Cabinet.

Sebelius leaves the administration after the tumultuous launch of the Affordable Care Act exchanges last fall. Despite calls for her ouster from Republicans at the time, she stayed on until the enrollment period ended at the end of March.

The administration has since touted the surge in enrollment in the last few weeks, with Sebelius saying Thursday that 7.5 million American have now signed up for coverage under the law.

RELATED: Obamacare Deadline Arrives

But the technical difficulties surrounding the launch, as well as ongoing concerns about the implementation of the law, continue to trail her. She leaves just one week after the enrollment period ended, and as a tough midterm election cycle expected to focus heavily on ObamaCare begins.

Fox News has learned that White House budget director Sylvia Burwell has been tapped to replace her. The Senate would have to confirm Burwell to the position.

Sebelius, having served five years with the president, was among the longest-serving Cabinet secretaries in the administration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow us on Twitter @wztv_fox17 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates.