HHS head Kathleen Sebelius expected to resign

epa04162126 US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appears before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on US President Barack Obama's budget for fiscal year 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 10 April 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
epa04162126 US Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius appears before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on US President Barack Obama's budget for fiscal year 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 10 April 2014. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS
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The Associated Press reported Thursday evening that Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is expected to resign Friday.

Sebelius, who took tremendous amount of criticism from all sides after the botched roll out of the federal health exchange website Healthcare.gov, has been one of President Barack Obama’s longest serving cabinet members since she was sworn in on April 28, 2009. Only a year into her tenure as the head of HHS, Sebelius worked to get Congress to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, and then lead the implementation of the law in years following.

The New York Times reportsthat President Obama accepted Sebelius’s resignation earlier this week after conversations last month “about her future.” President Obama is expected to announce on Friday that the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will replace her. Burwell was previously the President of the Walmart Foundation before her White House position confirmation in 2013.

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Before her time in the White House, Sebelius served as the Governor of Kansas for seven years.

Only an hour before the news broke about her expected resignation, Sebelius was still tweeting the “Get Covered” message: