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October 23, 2013

Sebelius in a Firestorm

New York Times: "The first, and perhaps most painful, call for Kathleen Sebelius to resign as President Obama's health secretary came this month from an old family friend: Senator Pat Roberts, Republican of Kansas, who once boasted of a 'special relationship' with Ms. Sebelius, forged when he worked for her father-in-law."

"Now Ms. Sebelius, the former Kansas governor who is the public face of Mr. Obama's health care overhaul, is facing a barrage of criticism over the problem-plagued rollout of its online insurance exchange. For Republicans, still reeling from their failed "defund Obamacare" strategy and government shutdown, she has proved an easy target."

Politico: "Kathleen Sebelius may be irreplaceable -- in that she cannot be replaced. Not because President Obama wouldn't be able to find someone else to do the job, or that anyone's too pleased with the launch of the Obamacare website. But the White House and Democrats on the Hill know a potential confirmation fight would be so torturous and difficult that they're better off sticking with the Health and Human Services secretary they've got, despite all that's gone wrong on her watch."


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