Obama names Burwell as U.S. health secretary to fix Obamacare woes

WASHINGTON, April 11 Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:00am EDT

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Friday he will promote his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to be health secretary, presiding over the next difficult phase of implementing his healthcare law during the lead-up to the midterm elections.

Burwell, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who was blamed for the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans plan to exploit as they seek to take control of the Senate in November midterms. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland)

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