- This just in April 11
It didn't take long for President Obama to name a new head for the Department of Health and Human Services after the White House announced Kathleen Sebelius' departure last night. At a press conference this morning, the president said he will tap Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget and a former member of the Clinton administration, for the job.
Obama praised Sebelius, saying she will "go down in history" for her role helping shape and rollout the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as ObamaCare). He acknowledged there were problems during the debut of the health care law, but said her team "got it fixed." He added: "I will miss her advice. I will miss her friendship. I will miss her wit."
As for Burwell, Obama called her a "proven manager" and "a steady hand on the wheel." He also noted that she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate last year for her current post. "I'm assuming not much has changed since that time," he joked.
Read more at The New York Times. --Jordan Valinsky
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Syrian women know how to defeat ISIS
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- The U.S. Marines are developing laser weapons. Here's why.
- The one thing the New Atheists get right about religion
- Will Kobani be ISIS's Waterloo?
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- How 1,000-year lifespans could remake the economy
- Bob Odenkirk's 6 favorite books
- The stories behind 22 classic album covers
Subscribe to the Week