On Thursday afternoon the Senate voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the incoming Secretary of Health and Human Services, replacing Kathleen Sebelius after a dramatic tenure that included an historically disastrous launch of the federal health care exchange website along with a significant expansion of health coverage.
Despite what many feared would be a difficult and protracted battle over Burwell’s nomination in which vast portions of the Affordable Care Act would be relitigated, she was fairly quietly confirmed 78-17.
Upon Burwell’s nomination, the initial reaction was to read her as a kind of anti-Sebelius, a stronger manager where Sebelius’ expertise was health policy. She had previously worked as the director of the Office of Management and Budget, a position to which she was confirmed by the Senate 98-0.
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