UPDATE: 4/11 12:30am

Florida's governor has long been an opponent of Obamacare, but will he use the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in his re-election campaign?

USF political science professor Susan MacManus isn't sure.

She says if the Affordable Care Act becomes more successful in the coming months, then the anti-Obamacare argument won't be as effective for the Republican party.

In fact, MacManus feels Sebelius' decision to step down could be good politically for Democrats; with the face of the problem plagued Obamacare rollout out of the picture, then the Administration is turning a new page on the program which already has seven-million enrollees.

The president is expected to tap the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius.

She's a Clinton Administration veteran and former Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation executive.

MacManus thinks Burwell a good choice because since she's good with numbers, she'll be able to handle future questions about the costs of Obamacare.

The Senate unanimously confirmed her for her Office of Management and Budget post.

 

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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 to replace 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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Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:38:03 GMT

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