President Barack Obama announces Sylvia Mathews Burwell to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as health secretary

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 10, 2014, during the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the HHS Department's fiscal Year 2015 budget. Sebelius said 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. That's a 400,000 increase from the 7.1 million that Obama announced last week at the end of the law's open enrollment period. The figure exceeded expectations, a surprise election-year success for the law after a disastrous roll-out. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Credit: AP)

WASHINGTON - (AP) President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.
    
The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.
    
The move comes more than a week after the close of sign-ups for insurance coverage on the law.
    
After a rocky start that Sebelius was blamed for, the administration rebounded strongly to exceed expectations by enrolling 7.1 million people by the March 31 deadline.
    
Burwell's nomination requires Senate confirmation.

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